Audrey DelanoClubwoman, historianAudrey Spoerer Delano...


July 15, 1993

Audrey Delano

Clubwoman, historian

Audrey Spoerer Delano, who had been active in historic, garden and women's groups and wrote and lectured on history, died Monday of heart failure at a nursing home in Calvert, Cecil County.

She was 85 and had lived in Calvert since the mid-1950s. She had moved from the Ten Hills area of Baltimore to Wilmington, Del., in the early 1950s.

She had been a member of the Woman's Club of Catonsville, the Garden Club of Ten Hills and the American Association of University Women and helped to organize the Cecil County Cross Country Garden Club.

She had been curator and trustee of the Cecil County Historical Society, president of the Historical Societies of Maryland, trustee of the Maryland House and Garden Pilgrimage and a member of the board of the Society for the Preservation of Maryland Antiquities.

She also was a member of the board of the Friends of Roger's Tavern, a restored Colonial building in Perryville. She also was a member of the Maryland State Committee for the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Pen Women.

She wrote articles on Maryland history and antiques for Cecil County newspapers and a regional magazine and also lectured on the history of Maryland and Delaware.

She collected antique furniture and pressed glass.

Born in Baltimore, the former Audrey Spoerer was a graduate of Catonsville High School and Goucher College.

For a time, she worked as a secretary and bookkeeper in her father's automobile business, which at one time manufactured cars and later

did repairs and sold parts.

Services were to be conducted at 2 p.m. today at the R.T. Foard Funeral Home in Rising Sun.

Mrs. Delano is survived by her husband, Raymond P. Delano Jr.; a daughter, Susanne D. Dunn of Calvert; and two grandchildren.

The family suggested memorial contributions to the Friends of Roger's Tavern in Perryville.

Sean P. Sweeney

Har Sinai employee

Sean Patrick Sweeney, building supervisor for the Har Sinai Congregation, died Sunday of a stroke at his home on the congregation's property on Park Heights Avenue. He was 33.

He had worked for the congregation about four years. Earlier, he had been sacristan and facilities manager at the Roman Catholic Basilica of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary for a similar length of time.

Between these assignments, he had worked for about two years at the Catholic Center, the archdiocesan office building near the historic downtown Basilica.

He had first worked for several years at the School of the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, on North Charles Street, where his mother is secretary to the rector of the cathedral.

Born in Baltimore, he attended Blessed Sacrament School and St. Mary's School in Govans. He graduated in 1978 from Calvert Hall High School. He later attended Towson State University.

Mr. Sweeney is survived by his parents, James and Patricia Sweeney; a brother, James Sweeney Jr.; two sisters, Joan Patricia and Anne Marie Sweeney; and a nephew, Sean Patrick Sweeney. All are of the Baltimore area.

A funeral Mass was offered Monday at the Basilica.

Earlene June Bollin

NAACP stalwart

Earlene June Bollin, retired director of personnel in the national office of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, died Monday of cancer at her home in the Carriage Hill Apartments in Randallstown.

Mrs. Bollin, who was 69, retired in March after working for the NAACP since 1946. During World War II, she became one of the first black women to serve in the Women's Auxiliary Army Corps.

The former Earlene June Reeves was born in Vidalia, Ga. She was a graduate of the City College of New York.

Known as Erb to fellow workers, she was described as "a freedom fighter who has helped to weave the enduring fabric of our NAACP" in an announcement of her death read Monday at the NAACP convention in Indianapolis.

In 1949, she was married to John A. Bollin, and they lived in New York City until the NAACP headquarters was moved to Baltimore in 1986.

In New York, she was active in the Brooks Memorial United Methodist Church and in charitable and theater groups.

After moving here, she became active in the Epworth United Methodist Chapel, where she chaired the United Methodist Women and was a member of Circle No. 1 and of the Homecoming Committee. In 1992, she was honored as one of the outstanding women of the congregation.

Dr. Benjamin L. Hooks, former executive director of the NAACP, will be the eulogist at services for Mrs. Bollin at 11 a.m. tomorrow at the chapel, at St. Lukes Lane and Liberty Road in Woodlawn.

In addition to her husband, her survivors include a sister, Minnie Pearl Bollin of New York City, and several nieces and nephews. Anne Stoney Cantler, a volunteer in Baltimore for many years, died of cancer June 18 in Charleston, S.C. She was 64.

A native of Charleston, the former Anne Stoney attended Ashley Hall and the College of Charleston, now the University of Charleston, and did graduate work at Columbia University in New York.

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