April 02, 1993

Litsa F. Weil

Interior decorator

Litsa F. Weil, an interior decorator, antique dealer and former teacher, died March 19 at St. Joseph Hospital of complications after surgery.

She was 59 and lived on Range Road in Towson.

She was both a collector and dealer in antiques and artifacts.

In the 1950s and 1960s, she taught and headed the art department at the Montrose School for Girls.

At the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation, she headed the Women's Guild, the Ladies Philoptohos Society and the Cultural Events Committee.

She also chaired fund-raising costume balls for the church.

She had also been active in the American Heart Association and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

In addition to appearing in productions of local theater groups, including the Vagabonds and the Straw Hat Theater, she appeared on television and radio programs, including WBJC-FM programs on Greek culture.

The former Litsa Focas was a native of Athens, Greece, where she completed high school. She was a graduate of the College of Notre Dame of Maryland and also did graduate work in fine arts and theater at the Johns Hopkins University.

Her husband, Henry A. Weil Jr., died in 1990.

She is survived by a son, Gregory Gerald Weil of Baltimore; a daughter, Zoe Lynne Weil Sursock, her mother, Evanthia Focas, two brothers, Andrew and Dionysios Focas, all of Athens; and a friend, Frank Z. Thomas of Towson.

Services for Mrs. Weil were conducted March 22 at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation in Baltimore.

Elizabeth L. Hart, who was a researcher, teacher and government economist, died Saturday of cancer at Broadmead,

the retirement community in Cockeysville.

She was 82 and had moved to Broadmead from Ruxton a year ago.

She had worked as a research assistant at the Johns Hopkins University in 1967 and 1969 on a book about Alfred North Whitehead, the mathematician and philosopher.

In the late 1950s, she taught mathematics at the Bryn Mawr School.

A member of the Women's Committee of the Baltimore Museum of Art, she chaired its Sales and Rental Gallery Committee.

She also was a member of the 16 East Hamilton Street Club and was a tennis player at the Homeland Racquet Club and at L'Hirondelle Club, winning several club doubles championships.

The former Elizabeth Lineberger was a native of Los Angeles and a 1931 graduate of Wellesley College. She did graduate work in economics at Cambridge University for a year then worked as an economist for the federal government in Washington.

In 1934, she married Archibald Hart, then a teacher at the Gilman School, and moved to Baltimore.

Mr. Hart, who retired as head of the home instruction department at the Calvert School, died in 1988.

A memorial service for Mrs. Hart, is to be conducted at 2 p.m. tomorrow at Broadmead, 13801 York Road, Cockeysville.

Rose Geshekter, a retired teacher who was active in many organizations, died Tuesday in her sleep at her home in the Willowbrook Apartments in Northwest Baltimore. She was 81.

She retired in the late 1970s from Cross Country Elementary School after teaching in the Baltimore school system for a total of 25 years, starting in the 1930s.

The former Rose Wolfe was a native of Baltimore and a graduate of Forest Park High School and Towson State University.

Her husband, Albert Geshekter, retired as owner of Max's Men's Wear in Highlandtown. He died in 1975.

Mrs. Geshekter was a member of the Beth Tfiloh Congregation and its Sisterhood. She had also been active in groups at the Jewish Community Center until about 10 years ago and was a member of the Baltimore chapter of Hadassah. She had season tickets for the Baltimore Symphony for many years and was a financial supporter of the Johns Hopkins University. She was also a supporter of the Peabody Institute, especially of a scholarship fund started by her sister Vella Silver, who died in 1991.

Services for Mrs. Geshekter were to be conducted at noon today at Sol Levinson & Bros. Home, 6010 Reisterstown Road.

She is survived by a son, Charles L. Geshekter of Chico, Calif.; a daughter, Ruth S. Millward of Stamford, Conn.; and two grandsons.


M. H. McDonough

Teacher, advocate

Margaret Helen McDonough, a retired teacher and advocate for the developmentally disabled, died Saturday at a hospital in Sharon, Conn., after a blood vessel burst while she was visiting her daughter.

She was 80 and lived in Towson.

Mrs. McDonough retired in 1974 as a teacher at Mercy High School after having taught there and in public schools since moving to Baltimore in 1958.

After she retired, she became active on behalf of the developmentally disabled and was a founder and former president of the Francis X. Gallagher Services Auxiliary. She also campaigned for the establishment of group homes for adults.

She was a member of the St. Vincent's Center Auxiliary, the Auxiliary of St. Elizabeth's School and Habilitation Center and the St. Joseph Hospital Auxiliary.

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