Stacey CumberlandTeacher, quilterStacey Loretta...


September 26, 1993

Stacey Cumberland

Teacher, quilter

Stacey Loretta Cumberland, a school teacher and quilter, died Thursday of cancer at Good Samaritan Hospital in Baltimore. She was 41.

Mrs. Cumberland, a 10-year resident of Kingsville, received her bachelor's degree in elementary education in May from Towson State University. She was diagnosed with liver cancer shortly after her graduation, and had received several job offers from elementary schools in Harford and Baltimore counties.

Two years ago, Mrs. Cumberland returned to school to complete her education after a 15-year absence to raise her two children.

As part of her studies she taught at elementary schools in Harford and Baltimore counties, and was a substitute teacher. From 1984 to 1987 she was a teaching assistant at the Heritage Montessori School in Perry Hall.

Born in Dundalk, the daughter of Jane Gillern and the late "Rip" Gillern, Stacey Gillern was reared in Fort Howard. She attended St. Luke's Elementary School and graduated in 1969 from the Catholic High School of Baltimore.

She married George G. Cumberland in 1975.

An accomplished quilter, Mrs. Cumberland was a member of the Flying Geese Quilt Club. She was an avid antiques collector and restorer. A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. tomorrow at St. Stephen's Roman Catholic Church, 8030 Bradshaw Road in Bradshaw, where Mrs. Cumberland was a longtime member.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a son, Kris, 15, and a daughter, Molly, 12, of Kingsville; her mother, Jane Burkehouse Gillern of Dundalk; a brother, E. Michael Gillern III of Fort Myers, Fla.; and four sisters, Susan Gillern Pompa and Julie Gillern, both of Baltimore, Mary Gillern Bilik of Hoboken, N.J., and Jane Cross of Easton.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the American Cancer Society.

L. Virginia Dicus, a homemaker and former Anne Arundel County elementary school teacher, died Thursday of cancer at her home in Annapolis. She was 67.

Mrs. Dicus taught third-graders in the 1940s, when the county had one- and two-room school houses. She taught at Richard Henry Lee and Glen Dale elementary schools. She stopped teaching in 1953 to devote time to raising her family.

The former L. Virginia Simonds attended Towson State Teachers College and Glen Burnie High School.

She was a member of the Eastern Star in Glen Burnie.

Before moving to Annapolis 10 years ago, she lived in Glen Burnie.

Her pastimes included sewing and illumination, the art of decorating letters or manuscripts with flowers and other designs.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Singleton Funeral Home, 1 Second Ave., Glen Burnie.

Mrs. Dicus is survived by her husband of 43 years, Howard M. Dicus Sr. of Annapolis; two sons, Howard M. Dicus Jr. of Alexandria, Va., and David Dicus of Glen Burnie; four daughters, Martha Kiefer and Hazel Dicus, both of Glen Burnie, Diane Sepe of Severna Park and Laura Ice of Crownsville; and four grandchildren.

The family suggests contributions to the Hospice of the Chesapeake, 8424 Veterans Highway, Millersville 21108.

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