Jeanne M. Oken Medical social worker

January 31, 1994

Mildred Fitzberger

Longtime Orioles fan

Mildred D. Fitzberger, a longtime Orioles fan and member of Bethany Evangelical Lutheran Church in Baltimore, died Thursday at the Germantown Hospital and Medical Center in Philadelphia after a long illness. She was 83.

Born in Baltimore, Mrs. Fitzberger lived here until she moved to Exton, Pa., in 1992 to live with her daughter, Audrey F. Williams.

While in Baltimore, Mrs. Fitzberger was a member of the Women's Club of Patterson Park and spent many hours at her church, ushering, greeting, helping at church suppers and attending Bible study classes.

Her love of baseball dated back to 1928 when, at age 18, she married Charles C. Fitzberger, a Boston Braves first baseman who had previously played in the International League.

After Mr. Fitzberger left sports, he worked at Bethlehem Steel Corp.'s Sparrows Point plant. After his death in 1965, Mrs. Fitzberger was an office worker at the Baltimore Laundry for a short period.

A lifelong Orioles fan, Mrs. Fitzberger was known for her ability to recount baseball statistics. She was an active volunteer with The Rare Birds, a senior citizens group at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Pennsylvania.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. tomorrow at St. Paul's, 104 South Village Ave., Lionville, Pa. A burial service will be tomorrow 2 p.m. at the Oak Lawn Cemetery in Baltimore.

In addition to her daughter, Mrs. Fitzberger is survived by three grandchildren. The family suggested that donations be sent to St. Paul's Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 232, Lionville, Pa., 19353.

Vito Joseph Vignale

Chemical engineer

Vito Joseph Vignale, a former Baltimore resident who received a Thousand Points of Light Award from then-President George Bush in 1990, died Tuesday of cancer at Vitas Hospice House in Houston. He was 75.

A retired chemical engineer who had lived in Baltimore for 1years, Mr. Vignale was honored by Mr. Bush for his work in recent years with volunteer organizations, including the Lupus Foundation and Tax Aid for Senior Citizens. He had worked as an engineer for SCM Chemicals until his retirement.

Mr. Vignale was a native of New York and a graduate of New York University.

He moved to Houston in December to be near his son and daughter-in-law, Steven and Andrea Vignale. He also is also survived by a second son, Jeffry Vignale of Baltimore.

He was buried Saturday next to his wife, Lydia, at the Gates of Heaven Cemetery in Westchester County, N.Y.

A memorial Mass is to be celebrated at 9 a.m. today at the Roman Catholic Church of the Ascension in Halethorpe.

The family suggested donations to the Lupus Foundation, 7400 York Road, Towson 21204.

Charles L. Maisel

Construction manager

Charles L. Maisel, a construction project manager who oversaw the building of some of the area's best-known structures, died Wednesday of complications of prostate cancer Union Memorial Hospital. He was 76.

The lifelong Catonsville resident worked as a construction superintendent and project manager with two local engineering firms for more than 40 years. He supervised the construction of Mercy Medical Center, the Milton S. Eisenhower Library at Johns Hopkins University, Temple Oheb Shalom, Sparrows Point Country Club and the John Deere plant in Timonium.

He worked for 36 years for Consolidated Engineering Co. and later with Henry A. Knott Construction, when he was project manager for the North Building at Union Memorial Hospital. After that project was complete, he became the hospital's construction chief with responsibility for refurbishing the Old Building. After 14 years at the hospital, he retired in 1988.

Mr. Maisel was known as a devoted family man. "He was very loved by everybody. He was very popular," said his wife, Elaine D. Maisel.

He was a member of the Exchange Club of Catonsville and vice president of the historic Salem Lutheran Church in Catonsville. He enjoyed spending time at his second home in Wenona, a small town on Deal Island.

Born Feb. 23, 1917, Mr. Maisel was a graduate of Catonsville High School. While he was training as a Naval Air Force pilot, he attended the University of Virginia; Virginia Polytechnic Institute, now known as Virginia Tech; the University of Georgia and Texas A&M University.

His first wife, the former Helen M. Maisel, died in 1967. He married Elaine Dailey in October 1968.

A memorial service is scheduled at 11 a.m. today at MacNabb Funeral Home, 301 Frederick Road, Catonsville.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Alison M. Bracken of Boonesboro; a son, C. Martin Kitner of Great Mills and eight grandchildren.

@ Jeanne M. Oken, a former medical social worker at Sinai Hospital, died Jan. 22 of ovarian cancer at her Northwest Baltimore home. She was 74.

Mrs. Oken retired in 1982 as assistant chief of the department of social work at Sinai, where she had worked since 1969. After her retirement, she was a volunteer at the hospital.

She was a member of the National Association of Social Workers.

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