Mary Elizabeth PetersMercy Hospital nurseMary Elizabeth...

December 28, 1993

Mary Elizabeth Peters

Mercy Hospital nurse

Mary Elizabeth Peters, a retired Mercy Hospital nurse and 55-year resident of Anneslie, died Wednesday of heart failure at St. Joseph Hospital in Towson. She was 81.

Mrs. Peters had worked at the hospital, which is now the Mercy Medical Center, for 18 years before retiring in 1982.

She began her nursing career in 1935, but suspended it when she married Dr. H. Raymond Peters in 1938.

The couple reared three sons, all of whom attended Loyola High School and Loyola College, as their father had.

Dr. Peters was chief of staff in medicine at Mercy Hospital and a professor at the University of Maryland Medical School. Mrs. Peters resumed her nursing career after his death in 1964.

Born Mary Elizabeth Schoonmaker in Baltimore, Mrs. Peters was a graduate of the former Seton High School and the Mercy School of Nursing.

A Mass of Christian burial was to be offered at 10 a.m. today at St. Pius X Roman Catholic Church, 6428 York Road.

Mrs. Peters is survived by three sons, Raymond J. Peters of Woodbridge, Va., and Gerald J. Peters and Joseph I. Peters, both of Silver Spring; and seven grandchildren.

The family suggested memorial donations to the Mercy Medical Center Development Fund, 301 St. Paul Place, Baltimore 21202.

Helen Loss

Sales tax auditor

Helen Loss, a retired sales tax auditor in the Maryland comptroller's office, died Wednesday afternoon in a traffic accident in the 7100 block of Belair Road. The Gardenville resident was 68.

She was Christmas shopping with her 12-year-old granddaughter when a pickup truck crashed into her Honda. Her granddaughter, Kristen Helene Kipnes of Randallstown, was treated at Johns Hopkins Hospital and released.

The truck driver, a Northeast Baltimore man, was charged with drunken driving.

Mrs. Loss retired in 1985 after working 29 years in the Sales and Use Tax Division of the office of the comptroller. She had started as a secretary in the agency and, in 1968, passed a test that qualified her as an auditor.

Some of her supervisors were reluctant to name a woman to the job, however, co-worker Dinah Kolar said. Mrs. Loss wrote to Comptroller Louis L. Goldstein to plead her case and was given the job, becoming the first woman to work as an auditor for the state, Miss Kolar said.

"When she was right, she stood her ground," said Miss Kolar, who knew Mrs. Loss for 20 years.

In her job, Mrs. Loss traveled throughout Maryland and to other states to audit the financial books of businesses.

The former Helen Ladzinski was a Baltimore native who lived in Gardenville for 38 years.

She graduated from Patterson High School in the early 1940s and attended the former Baltimore College of Commerce.

She was a member of the Unity Center of Christianity, 2901 N. Charles St., where she served on the founding board of directors. In 1978, she helped found the Divine Life Church in the 5900 block of Falls Road. She was on the latter church's board of directors for 15 years and operated its nursery school for 11 years.

Her husband of 40 years, Stephen Loss, a Baltimore City firefighter in the fireboat division, died in 1988.

Services were to be held at 7:30 p.m. today at the Loring Byers Funeral Home, 8728 Liberty Road, Randallstown.

Survivors, in addition to her granddaughter, include a daughter, Karen Loss Kipnes of Randallstown; and five brothers, Andrew, Joseph, Michael, Peter and Walter Ladzinski, all of Baltimore.

The family suggested memorial donations to Mothers Against Drunk Driving, the Salvation Army or the Unity Center of Christianity Building Fund. Margaret Ellen James, a longtime resident of Brooklyn Park who had managed a motel on Ritchie Highway in the 1960s, died of heart failure on Christmas Day at a daughter's home in Linthicum. She was 83.

The former Margaret Correll was born in Landis, N.C., where she married Leonard B. James; they were married for 60 years. The couple moved to Baltimore in 1941 and moved again soon afterward to Brooklyn Park, where they lived for 45 years.

Mrs. James worked as the manager of the former Ritchie Motel for nine years. She retired in 1970 to spend more time with her family.

After her husband's death in 1989, Mrs. James moved to the Linthicum area, where she was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church at 300 W. Maple Road.

Services were to be held there at 2 p.m. today.

She is survived by a son, John W. James of Annapolis; two daughters, Barbara E. Dohler and Norma Jean Rock, both of Linthicum; two brothers, Calvin Correll of Landis and D. B. Correll of Columbia, S.C.; five sisters, Olene Graeber, Mildred J. Joines, Sadie V. Parker, Frances E. Wolford and Doris M. Finney, all of Landis; eight grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

The family suggested memorial donations to St. Agnes Hospice, 900 Caton Ave., Baltimore 21229.

George A. Mussina

Electrical engineer

George Albert Mussina, a retired senior electrical engineer for the Baltimore Gas and Electric Co., died Sunday of respiratory failure at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. He was 82.

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