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March 17, 1993

Frances C. Houser

Joppa resident

Frances Catherine Houser, who moved to Joppa from Florida last summer, died Friday of kidney disease at Harford Memorial Hospital in Havre de Grace. She was 83.

She had been a hospital volunteer worker in Fort Walton Beach, Fla., where she lived for more than 20 years.

The former Frances Catherine Fleury was a native of New York City.

Her husband, Morton Dale Houser, died in 1984.

A memorial service for Mrs. Houser was to be conducted at 1 p.m. today at the Cathedral of Praise Church of God, 300 Middle River Road in Essex.

She is survived by a son, James P. Houser of Joppa; two sisters, Marie Anderson of Panama City, Fla., and Catherine Palminteri, of Bellmore, N.Y.; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

The family suggested memorial contributions to the Kidney Disease Program of Maryland, 201 W. Preston St., Baltimore 21201.

Irving J. Rooney

Restaurant manager

Irving J. Rooney, retired restaurant manager at the Elkridge Club and a former sales official for breweries and a beer distributor, died Friday at Sinai Hospital after a heart attack.

Mr. Rooney, known as Pat, was 74 and lived on Hillburn Avenue in Northeast Baltimore.

He retired in 1980 after five years at the country club. For seven years before that, he had been night manager of Angelina's Restaurant.

Except for a five-year period in the ship chandlery business, he spent most of his working life in the beer business.

Starting after World War II with the National Brewing Co., he was sales manager there, then for the Winner Distributing Co. and, finally, for the American Brewery.

During the war, he served in the Army as an infantry officer, seeing action in North Africa, Sicily and Italy. He attained the rank of captain.

His decorations included four Purple Hearts and the Silver Star, which was awarded for single-handedly knocking out a German tank that had his unit and other American troops pinned down in southern Italy.

Born in Baltimore, he was a graduate of St. John's Elementary School and, in 1935, of Calvert Hall College.

He was a member of the Schley Post of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the 90th Division Association, the 29th Division Association and the St. John's Oldtimers 10th Ward Inc.

A Mass of Christian burial for Mr. Rooney was to be offered at 10 a.m. today at St. Anthony of Padua Roman Catholic Church, 4414 Frankford Ave. in Baltimore.

He is survived by his wife, the former Rita Ruzicka; two daughters, Susan B. Ciekot of White Hall and Joella Rooney of Baltimore; a son, Patrick M. Rooney of Carney; a sister, Eleanor Mulligan of Rodgers Forge; and three grandchildren.

Daniel E. Player

Retired shipyard rigger

Daniel E. Player, a retired rigger for the Maryland Shipbuilding and Drydock Co., died Saturday of cancer at his home in Brooklyn Park.

He was 75 and had retired in 1983 after working about 35 years at the shipyard.

Born and reared in the Camden, S.C., area, he first moved to Baltimore in 1941.

He served in the Navy during World War II.

A hunter of deer and small game, he was also fond of both salt- and freshwater fishing. Services for Mr. Player were to be conducted at 11 a.m. today at the Townsend Avenue Baptist Church, 4200 Townsend Ave. in Brooklyn.

He is survived by his wife of 47 years, the former Martha J. Kiser; a son, Daniel Player Jr. of Baltimore; a brother, Paul Player of Columbia, S.C.; two sisters, Murby Allen of Myrtle Beach, S.C., and Beatrice Aycock of Farmville, N.C.; and two granddaughters.

William Hughes Sr.

Retired BG&E foreman

William B. Hughes Sr., a retired general foreman in the production maintenance department of the Baltimore Gas and Electric Co., died Saturday of heart failure at the Anne Arundel Medical Center.

Mr. Hughes, who was 75 and lived in Arnold, retired in 1983 after working nearly 40 years for the utility.

The Baltimore native attended City College.

He belonged to the Glen Burnie Lodge of the Moose and the Commodore Computer Club in Annapolis.

Services for Mr. Hughes were to be conducted at 1 p.m. today at the Singleton Funeral Home, 1 Second Ave. S.W. in Glen Burnie.

His first wife, the former Mary Ann O'Brien, died in 1982.

He is survived by his wife, the former Patricia A. Penix; a son, William B. Hughes Jr. of West Palm Beach, Fla.; six daughters, Mary Lee Standiford of Pasadena, Beverly Davis of Crofton, Elizabeth Bayne of Millersville, Kenna Ann Briggs of Lynchburg, Tenn., and Patricia Flanigan and Robin D. Pumphrey, both of Glen Burnie; a sister, Madeline Gaigler of Ocean Pines; 14 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

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