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June 25, 1993

Elizabeth Mergehenn

Aided the retarded

Elizabeth Mergehenn, who was active in groups supporting the retarded, died Tuesday of cancer at the Meridian Nursing Center-Catonsville. She was 68.

Mrs. Mergehenn, the former Elizabeth Tiemann, was a resident of North Symington Avenue in Catonsville. Born in Baltimore, she was a graduate of Western High School and attended the Maryland Institute.

She was a founder of Baltimore County Parents and Friends of the Retarded and a volunteer for the Baltimore Association for Retarded Citizens.

She was a member of St. John's United Church of Christ.

Her husband, J. H. Louis Mergehenn, has retired as owner of a grocery store on Wilkens Avenue in Southwest Baltimore.

The Mergehenns had a summer home on Frog Mortar Creek in the Middle River area for many years. Mrs. Mergehenn enjoyed flower gardening, reading mysteries and travel, having visited Europe and Israel.

Services for Mrs. Mergehenn will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at the Leroy M. and Russell C. Witzke Funeral Home, 1630 Edmondson Ave. in Catonsville.

In addition to her husband, her survivors include a daughter, Anne T. Mergehenn of Catonsville; a son, Robert L. Mergehenn of Baltimore; and a granddaughter. Florence M. Peabody, a retired nurse and native of Baltimore, died June 18 of cancer at her home in Moylan, Pa. She was 74.

The former Florence M. Marshall was a 1937 graduate of Eastern High School and a 1940 graduate of the Union Memorial Hospital School of Nursing.

Mrs. Peabody was the youngest nurse in the U.S. Navy Nurse Corps when she joined in the summer of 1941. She was also a part of the first contingent of nurses ordered to supplement the naval hospital staff at Pearl Harbor after the Japanese attack in December.

She later served at the naval dispensary at Inyokern, Calif., and at naval hospitals in Seattle and Bainbridge, Md. She was stationed at the latter in 1946 when she resigned as a lieutenant commander to marry.

She retired in 1990 as a nurse at the Manchester House nursing home in Media, Pa., after working at hospitals and other nursing homes in the Philadelphia area and at a clinic in Everett, Wash.

She had lived in Everett and in Carle Place, N.Y., as well as in the Philadelphia area since her marriage.

After becoming interested in remotivation therapy for the elderly, Mrs. Peabody started a chapter in the Philadelphia area of the National Remotivational Therapy Organization. She was also active in other professional groups and community groups in the Philadelphia and Everett areas.

A memorial service for Mrs. Peabody was held Wednesday at the First United Methodist Church in Media, Pa.

She is survived by her husband, W. Tyler Peabody Jr.; two sons, William T. Peabody III of Brookhaven, Pa., and Marshall R. Peabody of Seattle; two daughters, Carol P. Moomy of Snohomish, Wash., and Janet P. Barrow of Wallingford, Pa.; a sister, Ellen Motz of Cockeysville; and five grandchildren.

The family suggested memorial contributions to the church in Media or to the Union Memorial Hospital School of Nursing.

Sheila P. Harrison

Nursing professor

Sheila Patricia Harrison, retired professor of nursing at the Catonsville Community College, died last Friday of cancer at Stella Maris Hospice. She was 69.

Mrs. Harrison lived in Timonium. She retired in 1984 after teaching at the Catonsville school for 12 years and earlier at the St. Joseph Hospital nursing school.

She had first lived in Baltimore in the late 1950s. Then, in the 1960s, she lived for a time in Albany, N.Y., where she was director of nursing at Memorial Hospital.

Born in Helena, Mont., the former Sheila Patricia Decker was reared in that area and in Cloquet and Buhl in Minnesota.

A graduate of the Hamline University nursing school in St. Paul, Minn., she served in the Army Nurse Corps during World War II and earned a master's degree at the Johns Hopkins University in 1976.

Mrs. Harrison was a member of the Maryland Bridge Association and played contract bridge in its tournaments.

Her husband, William Steven Harrison, died in 1989.

A memorial service for Mrs. Harrison was to be held at 6 p.m. today at the Lemmon-Mitchell-Wiedefeld home, 10 W. Padonia Road in Timonium.

She is survived by three sons, Steven D. Harrison of Woodbridge, Va., Craig S. Harrison of Davidsonville and Stuart G. Harrison of West Point, N.Y.; a sister, Betty Lavan of Cloquet; a brother, Michael Decker, also of Cloquet; and seven grandchildren.


Herbert Fincham

Metal fabricator

Herbert Fincham, a metal fabricator at the Westinghouse Electric Corp. plant at Baltimore-Washington International Airport, died Tuesday of cancer at his home in Ellicott City.

Mr. Fincham, who was 43, had worked at Westinghouse for about 15 years and earlier did construction and other work.

Born in Baltimore, he was a graduate of Northeast High School in Anne Arundel County.

He served in the Army from 1969 to 1971 in Vietnam.

Services were to be conducted at 10 a.m. today at the Hubbard Funeral Home, 4107 Wilkens Ave. in Arbutus.

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