Ruth M. Goedeke2 Services were held Tuesday in Henryville...

February 18, 1994

Ruth M. Goedeke

2 Services were held Tuesday in Henryville, Ind.

David F. Johnston


David F. Johnston, an executive of Kepner-Tregoe Inc., a management consulting and training subsidiary of USF&G Corp., died Sunday at Anne Arundel Medical center after a heart attack. He was 52.

He worked for the firm for 25 years, and was vice president and general manger of its operations in Asia and the Pacific until 10 years ago, when he became an executive of the company in the United States.

He moved three years ago from Columbia to Annapolis, where his wife, the Rev. Marcia Ellen McCormick Johnston, is a priest on the staff of St. Anne's Episcopal Church.

Mr. Johnston was stationed in Iran before its revolution. He also worked in Manila, Hong Kong and Singapore. Earlier, as an employee of Raytheon Co., he was deputy director of a Saudi Arabian Air Force school that taught technical English.

Born in Kearney, N.J., Mr. Johnston was a graduate of Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pa. He served in the Peace Corps in Turkey before earning a master's degree at Antioch College in 1967.

He married that year and worked for the Peace Corps in Mexico before taking the job in Saudi Arabia.

He taught high school students in St. Anne's Sunday school program.

Services were to be held at 3 p.m. today at the church on Church Circle in Annapolis.

Other survivors include a son, David Dylan Johnston of Santa Fe, N.M.; and two daughters, Alexandra Beth Johnston and Victoria Anne Johnston, both of Annapolis.

The family suggested memorial contributions to the Klayoquot Rain Forest Fund of the Sierra Club of Western Canada, 1521 Amelia St., Victoria, British Columbia, or to the Anne Arundel Habitat for Humanity, 144 Conduit St. in Annapolis.

Laura L. Valenti

Helped restore home

Laura L. Valenti, a meticulous gardener who was helping her (( husband restore an old house in Hamilton and was known for taking in unwanted dogs and cats, died Monday at Johns Hopkins Hospital of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. She was 31.

The former Laura L. Murphy, a lifelong Hamilton resident who attended St. Dominic School and graduated in 1980 from Mergenthaler Vocational and Senior High School, had been despondent after a recent automobile accident, her family said.

Mrs. Valenti was employed at All-Star Video on Belair Road from 1990 to 1993. Earlier, she was a a cosmetologist and beautician.

"She loved to bake and decorate cakes for birthdays and anniversaries," said her mother, Clara M. Murphy. "I love bingo, and on my 50th birthday, she made a cake with two bingo cards that said 'You are a Winner.' "

A Mass of Christian burial was to be offered at 9:30 a.m. today at St. Dominic Roman Catholic Church,Harford Road and Gibbons Avenue.

Other survivors include her husband, Frank N. Valenti, whom she married in 1982; a daughter, Natalie Valenti; four brothers, Douglas E. Murphy Jr., Sean P. Murphy, Mark B. Murphy and John C. Murphy; a sister, Jeanne Coe; her father, Douglas E. Murphy Sr.; and two grandmothers, Margaret Murphy and Rita Pollock. All are of Hamilton.

The family suggested memorial donations to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, 3300 Falls Road 21211.

Louis M. Lanasa


Louis M. Lanasa, a native of Baltimore who had been a chef, died Feb. 11 at his home in Wilmington, Del. He was 47. His family said the cause of death was not known.

Mr. Lanasa moved in 1975 to Delaware, where he worked for the Action Chemical and Paper Co. and was a part-time chef in a catering business, The Farm, in Wilmington. He had been a chef at the Royal Exchange in Delaware.

A sister Mary Lanasa said he enjoyed visiting Ocean City an was a fan of the Orioles and Phillies.

In addition to his sister, survivors include his parents, Virgini and Louis Lanasa of Bel Air; another sister, Lynn Giordano, of Bel Air; two nephews; and two nieces.

-! Services were held Wednesday.

Eleanor A. Speck

Former secretary

Eleanor A. Speck, a native of the Curtis Bay area of Baltimore who attended business college and was a secretary during World War II, died Feb. 10 of respiratory failure at Harbor Hospital Center. She was 73.

She was born Eleanor Czaczka and graduated from Easter High School in 1939. She married Fay E. Speck, a longshoreman, 1940, and they lived in Brooklyn Park for many years. He died in 1984.

Mrs. Speck enjoyed her grandchildren, wrote poetry and short stories, and did needlework.

Survivors include three sons, Kenneth R. Speck of Salt Lake Cit and Charles W. Speck and Walter D. Speck, both of Baltimore; a daughter, Karen M. Schubert of Shaker Heights, Ohio; two sisters, Josephine Pallen of Glen Burnie and Charlotte Yenger of Baltimore; six grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

?3 A Mass of Christian burial was offered Tuesday.

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