Cleo M. CarlsonPortrait painterCleo Mansfield Carlson, a...


July 22, 1993

Cleo M. Carlson

Portrait painter

Cleo Mansfield Carlson, a Baltimore portrait painter who was especially well known for her pastels of children, died Tuesday of complications of a stroke at Broadmead, the Cockeysville retirement community.

Mrs. Carlson, who was 86, painted until about two years ago. She first gained attention for her work as a newspaper sketch artist in the 1920s.

Her portraits of children often included a small lower-corner sketch of the subject playing with a dog or engaging in some other activity. Her portraits in oils included Metropolitan Opera stars and other prominent people.

Mrs. Carlson was influenced by the work of noted Baltimore painter Jacques Maroger of the Maryland Institute. She had studied under him and Reginald Marsh in the 1940s.

The former Cleo Mansfield was a native of Morgan, Ga., and a graduate of Valdosta State College there.

In the 1920s, her sketches of prominent residents were published weekly in the Atlanta Constitution. She also published sketches in the Washington Post after moving to Baltimore in the 1930s.

Her husband, Albert W. D. Carlson, retired executive vice president of the Commercial Credit Corp., died in 1982.

A memorial service for Mrs. Carlson was to be conducted at 11 a.m. today in the auditorium at Broadmead, 13801 York Road.

She is survived by a daughter, Ingrid Shindell of Phoenix; a son, Albert Carlson Jr. of Danbury, Conn.; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

The family suggested memorial contributions to the Residents' Assistance Fund at Broadmead or to Immanuel Episcopal Church in Glencoe.

L. Maurita Peacock

Legal secretary

L. Maurita Peacock, who was a secretary in law and real estate offices, died Sunday at Good Samaritan Hospital of complications of cancer. She was 68 and lived on Hillen Road in Baltimore.

She retired about five years ago after 20 years with Grempler Realty Inc. She had earlier worked for the law firm of Hesse and Herold. Since her retirement, she had worked part time for the law firm of Margolis and Margolis.

The former L. Maurita Fish was born in Urbana, Iowa, where she graduated from high school. She completed her education at a business college in Pasadena, Calif.

She served in the Navy in World War II and moved to Baltimore after her marriage in 1946 to Ralph E. Peacock, now a retired A&P store manager.

A memorial service was to be conducted at 7 p.m. tomorrow at Faith Presbyterian Church, 5400 Loch Raven Blvd., Baltimore.

In addition to her husband, her survivors include three daughters, Barbara Murray and Carol Crouse, both of Bel Air, and Margie Thompson of Timonium; two brothers, Don Fish of Inverness, Fla., and Laurence Fish of Urbana; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Frank A. Scioscia

Ran popular bookstore

Frank A. Scioscia, a former publishing executive who ran a popular bookstore in Hastings-on-Hudson, N.Y., died of a heart attack July 10 at New York University Medical Center in Manhattan.

Since 1976, the 71-year-old Hastings-on-Hudson resident had operated Riverrun, a shop with 300,000 volumes of used and rare books. The store became an informal cultural center with poetry readings, meetings, and a weekly hootenanny session for folk-song fans.

Before opening the store, Mr. Scioscia worked for 30 years for Harper & Row, in its sales department, as an executive in the marketing department and for many years as the head of its juvenile books division.

The Scranton, Pa., native was a graduate of Reed College.

Surviving are his wife of 47 years, the former Mary Hershey; two sons, John of Gainesville, Fla., and Charles of Hastings-on-Hudson; two daughters, Louisa Stephens and Virginia Vazirani, both of Hastings-on-Hudson; two brothers, Carl Scioscia of Scranton and John Socia of Somerville, N.J.; three sisters, Mary Theresa Scaccia of Scranton, Ann Bufano of Baltimore and Virginia Ranken of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian burial was offered July 13 at St. Stanislaus Kostka Roman Catholic Church in Hastings-on-Hudson.

Michael J. Batza Sr.

Hearst executive

Michael J. Batza Sr., a retired Hearst Corp. executive, died Tuesday of congestive heart failure at the Meridian Healthcare Center at Brightwood.

Though Mr. Batza, who was 78, maintained homes in Sandusky, Ohio, and Sarasota, Fla., he frequently visited his children, including a son in Towson.

He retired in 1981 as vice president and general manager of Hearst's Periodical Publishing Co. in Sandusky. With the Hearst division for 24 years, he earlier worked in New York City for other magazine publishers.

Born in Shelton, Conn., he served in the Navy aboard the USS Arkansas in the Pacific during World War II.

His wife, the former Grace Ann Sonaty, died in 1991.

A memorial service for Mr. Batza was to be conducted at 2:30 p.m. today at Stagwell Farm, the Eastern Shore home of his son, Michael J. Batza Jr. of Towson.

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