Barton SparklinComputer analystBarton Sparklin, a retired...


July 10, 1993

Barton Sparklin

Computer analyst

Barton Sparklin, a retired computer systems analyst, died Wednesday of a heart attack at his home in Woodlawn. He was 73.

He retired in 1973 after 28 years as a computer systems analyst at 1st Army Headquarters at Fort Meade.

As a member of the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s, he helped clear forests in Western Maryland.

Born and reared in Baltimore, he was a graduate of Southern High School. He moved to Woodlawn in 1942, the year he and the former Mary Smith were married.

Also in 1942, he enlisted in the Army. He served in Hiroshima, Japan, with the 41st Infantry Division after the atomic bomb was dropped. He was discharged in 1946.

Services for Mr. Sparklin were to be held at 1 p.m. today at the Hubbard Funeral Home, 4107 Wilkens Ave.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Nancy Bradford of Baltimore; two brothers, William and Donald Sparklin of Woodlawn; a half brother, Alan Wolfe of Orlando, Fla.; a sister, Ruth Ann Witte of Woodlawn; and many nieces and nephews.

M. F. Fuerstenberg

Annapolis homemaker

Margaret Florence Fuerstenberg, an Annapolis homemaker, died Wednesday of heart failure at Anne Arundel Medical Center.

The 78-year-old Baltimore native moved to Glen Burnie in 1939, the year she and Otto Fuerstenberg, a self-employed mechanic, were married. The couple lived there until 1988, when they moved to Annapolis. Mr. Fuerstenberg died in 1990.

The former Margaret Florence Miskelly was a member of St. Andrew's by the Bay Roman Catholic Church.

She is survived by a son and daughter, Joe A. Fuerstenberg and Judith Fuerstenberg of Annapolis; a brother, Donald Miskelly of Ellicott City; a sister, Mary Schroeder of Fallston; and a granddaughter. Services are set for 10 a.m. today at Singleton Funeral Home, 1 Second Ave., Glen Burnie.

Sarah L. Byrne

Federal worker

Sarah Louise Byrne, a federal government employee for 36 years, died Thursday of cancer at her home in Northeast Baltimore. She was 66.

She began her career in 1948 at the Social Security Administration. She subsequently worked for the Treasury Department, the Department of Justice and the U.S. Customs Service. She retired in 1984.

Born in Baltimore, the former Sarah Louise Fonte was a 1946 graduate of Seton High School.

In 1948, she married Raymond Byrne, a district director for the Customs Service. He died in 1978.

A Mass of Christian burial for Mrs. Byrne was to be offered at 10 a.m. today at St. Matthew's Roman Catholic Church, 5401 Loch Raven Blvd. in Baltimore.

She is survived by a son, Raymond Byrne of Ellicott City; her mother, Margaret Fonte of Baltimore; four brothers, Jack Fonte of Las Vegas, and Joseph, Vince and Ronald Fonte, all of Baltimore; two sisters, Dorothy Fonte and Judy Snyder, both of Baltimore; and a grandson.

The family suggested memorial contributions to the Hospice Fund at St. Joseph Hospital or the National Cancer Institute.

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