Leroy F. GoonanTruck driverLeroy F. Goonan, a retired...

January 16, 1994

Leroy F. Goonan

Truck driver

Leroy F. Goonan, a retired truck driver for National Brewing Co., died Thursday of a heart attack at North Arundel Hospital. The Pasadena resident was 66.

He delivered National Premium and National Bohemian Beer for the Dillon Street brewer from 1950 until he retired in 1980. Earlier, he worked at Bethlehem Steel Corp.'s Key Highway shipyard.

He also operated a crabbing business for 30 years near Love Point.

He was born and reared in Baltimore and attended city schools. During World War II, he served in the Navy as a fireman in the boiler rooms of aircraft carriers in the Pacific theater. He was discharged in 1945.

Mr. Goonan liked Dalmatians.

"He loved Dalmatians and collected anything with a Dalmatian on it," said his wife, the former Mary Beth Biesecker, whom he married in 1987.

"Our entire house is filled with ceramic Dalmatians, Dalmatian towels, and we even have a lawn ornament that is a Dalmatian and a Dalmatian clock," she said.

"Our smoke detector has a Dalmatian on it. He requested that he be buried with the cremated remains of his Dalmatian that died last summer, and we're honoring that wish," Mrs. Goonan added.

His married his first wife, the former Ethel Lake of Baltimore, in 1959. She died in 1987.

Services are set for 9 a.m. tomorrow at the Singleton Funeral Home, 1 Second Ave. S.W., Glen Burnie, with interment at Cedar Hill Cemetery.

Other survivors include three daughters, Susan Hilliard of Pasadena, Barbara McCoy of Winsted, Conn., and Rita Handshud of Baltimore; two stepsons, Fred Biesecker of Severn and Tim Biesecker of Newark, Del.; a stepdaughter, Diana Stephens of Louisville; a sister, Lorraine Warfield of Lansdowne; 18 grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.

Sarah E. Symington

Real estate agent

Sarah Elder Symington, a retired real estate agent, died Dec. 31 of a stroke at her Roland Park Place residence, where she had lived since 1980. She was 92.

She lived on Gibson Island for many years before moving to the Roland Park retirement home.

Her 40-year career in real estate included jobs with Piper and Hill and Gibson Island Corp.

Mrs. Symington was born in Garrison and grew up on her father's Mantua Mill Farm in Worthington Valley. She attended Garrison Forest School.

Her marriage in 1923 ended in divorce.

She played golf and tennis and was a member of the Green Spring Valley Hunt Club.

She is survived by two daughters, Katharine S. Zouck of Roland Park and Sarah S. Henderson of Gibson Island; and five grandchildren.

Memorial donations may be made to the Garrison Forest School, 300 Garrison Forest Road, Owings Mills, 21117.

Services were held Jan. 10.

James H. Edwards

Health administrator

James H. Edwards, a retired city health administrator, died of a heart attack Jan. 8 in the emergency room at Maryland General Hospital. He was 77.

Mr. Edwards retired from the City Health Department after 29 years in 1977. He was director of local services for city health TTC clinics when he retired.

Mr. Edwards lived at Park Avenue's Sutton Place. He was an avid boater who spent much time on his 46-foot yacht, In Conference, docked in Middle River.

Born in Durham, N.C., in 1917, he moved to Baltimore when he was a teen-ager. He graduated from Frederick Douglass High School in 1935 and studied bacteriological sciences at what was then Morgan State College.

A member of the army's 366th Regiment during World War II, Mr. Edwards was injured in battle and retired in 1946 as a first lieutenant. He earned two bronze stars and a purple heart.

Mr. Edwards married Louise Pinkney in 1941; they divorced after years of marriage. In 1979, he married Anne Johnson; they were divorced after a few years. Both women, residents of Baltimore, survive.

Other survivors include a daughter, Diana Smith; a granddaughter; and two nephews, all of Baltimore.

Memorial services were set for noon tomorrow , at the Chatman/Harris Funeral Home, 1701 McCullough St. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.

Lela Mae Lentz

Retired data processor

Lela Mae Lentz, a retired data processor at the Social Security Administration in Woodlawn, died Thursday of congestive heart failure at North Arundel Hospital. She was 62.

She was born Lela Blizzard in Carroll County and completed high school at Patterson High in Baltimore. She moved to her Glen Burnie home in 1964.

She left her government job after 27 years in 1982 and spent some of her free time in retirement working on quilts or crocheting.

During the summer, Mrs. Lentz also would prepare her own vegetable garden, growing fresh tomatoes, squash and green beans right from her back yard.

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