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Yesterday's obituary on Catherine Marie McCook spelled her...


November 12, 1993

The Philadelphia native was educated in parochial schools there and was a 1946 graduate of Little Flower High School. She moved to Baltimore after graduation to be near her brother, the Rev. Thomas Jones, S.J., who died in 1961.

Known as Casey, she married William B. Brown in 1954. Mr. Brown, who owned and operated Concrete Placing Service in Glen Burnie, died in 1983.

A member of the Women's Civic League and the Yorkwood Women's Club, she was a corresponding secretary for the Maryland Federation of Women's Clubs. She was a member for more than 30 years of St. Francis of Assisi Roman Catholic Church, where she was a lector and Eucharistic minister and choir member.


A Mass of Christian burial was to be offered at 10 a.m. today at St. Francis, Harford Road and Chesterfield Avenue, Baltimore. Interment will be in Parkwood Cemetery.

She is also survived by a son, William J. Brown of Perry Hall, and four other daughters, Cecilia Ambrosetti of Annapolis, Marguerite Brown of Perry Hall, Madalyn Cook of Mayfield and Loretta Brown of Fells Point. Memorial contributions may be made to the Mary Jo Hession Scholarship Fund at St. Francis of Assisi or St. Joseph Hospital.

Herman Soskin

Clothing plant foreman

Herman Soskin, a retired foreman at a Baltimore women's clothing plant, died Wednesday at a hospital in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., after a heart attack.

Mr. Soskin, 84, moved to Fort Lauderdale from Baltimore eight years ago. He retired a decade ago from Perfect Garment Co., where he had worked for about 30 years. Earlier, he worked in clothing factories in New York City, where he was born.

Services were set for 1 p.m. today at the Star of David Memorial Chapel in Fort Lauderdale. He is survived by his wife, the former Yetta Sober; two sons, Dan Soskin of Bethesda and Alan Soskin of Owings Mills; and four grandchildren.

Grace Naomi Bittner

Taught ceramics

Grace Naomi Bittner, whose interest in crafts led her to open a ceramics supply business and teach the making of molded ceramics, died Nov. 5 of cancer at Beebe Medical Center in Lewes, Del.

Mrs. Bittner, 78, moved from Baldwin to Rehoboth Beach, Del., in 1980.

In 1961, she became interested in ceramics and other crafts and later taught others. In 1975, she and her husband started Naomi's Ceramic Supply in Bel Air, selling clay, molds and other items needed for the craft. They later opened a second business in Baltimore, Chesapeake Ceramic Supply. At her retirement in 1985, the businesses had been consolidated into a wholesale operation under the Chesapeake name.

Born in Baltimore, the former Grace Naomi Brown was a 1933 graduate of Eastern High School. She was a business machine operator for the Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Co., the operator of A&P and, later, SuperFresh stores. She was a member of St. John's Roman Catholic Church in Long Green.

A memorial service was set for 11 a.m. tomorrow at the Dipple Funeral Home, 7110 Belair Road in Overlea.

She is survived by her husband of 56 years, John F. Bittner; three sons, William Richard Bittner of Bel Air, Joseph David Bittner of Street and John Francis Bittner Jr. of the Lake Roland area; two daughters, Frances Naomi Raab and Mary Carole Beers, both of Baldwin; a sister, Audrey B. Ford of Baltimore; 11 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Harold 'Hal' Miller

Penn Motor partner

Harold "Hal" Miller, 65, died of cancer yesterday at his home in Annen Woods, Baltimore County.

A 1946 graduate of City College, he was a managing partner of Penn Motor Co. on South Hanover Street for 35 years. The company was founded by his father, the late Eli Miller, in 1918.

He retired in 1981 but worked part time for CarSounds, a business owned by his son-in-law. He was a member of Suburban Country Club and Chizuk Amuno Congregation.

Services were set for 1 p.m. today at Sol Levinson & Bros. Funeral Home, 6010 Reisterstown Road.

He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Bette Lee Miller; two sons, Kenneth Miller and Andrew Miller; a daughter, Ellen M. Dunn; a son-in-law, Kenneth Dunn; two daughters-in law, Bonnie Miller and Dr. Randi Miller; a brother, Irvin Miller; and five grandchildren, all of Baltimore.

Margaret J. Profili

Raised in Baltimore

Margaret J. Profili, a native of Keyser, W.Va., who was raised in Baltimore, died Saturday of cancer at a hospital in Paoli, Pa.

The 64-year-old Chester Springs, Pa., resident was a member of the Daylesford Ladies Club and the Body of Christ Prayer Group at the Daylesford Abbey in the Paoli area.

The former Margaret J. Steen was a graduate of Seton High School and moved from Northeast Baltimore to West Chester, Pa., in 1967.

A Mass of Christian burial was to be offered at noon today at SS. Peter and Paul Roman Catholic Church in East Goshen, Pa.

She is survived by her husband, Vincent D. Profili; two daughters, Susan P. Doory of Baltimore and Natalie A. Bissig of North Wales, Pa.; a sister, Joan C. Carl of Bel Air; two brothers, Samuel G. Steen of Naples, Fla., and Richard C. Steen of Baltimore; and six grandchildren.

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