Eugene WillisCollege directorEugene "Stoney" Willis, a...

April 03, 1994

Eugene Willis

College director

Eugene "Stoney" Willis, a retired Army lieutenant colonel who became the physical plant director at Western Maryland College, where he once had been a quarterback on the football team, died March 24 after an apparent heart attack at his home in Westminster. He was 81.

Mr. Willis held what was then a new post at the college from 1964 to 1975 and oversaw several expansion projects. He was a founder of the Maryland-District of Columbia chapter of the Association of Physical Plant Administrators of Universities and College.

He also started the college's annual golf tournament.

He was chairman of the Carroll County Liquor Board from 1978 to 1983. He had been president of the Westminster Rotary Club and the Carroll County Oldtimers Baseball Association.

Mr. Willis was a charter member of the Piney Branch Golf and Country Club, a member of the Carroll County Historical Society and a former member of the advisory board of the Victor Cullen Center in Frederick.

Born in Jonesville, Va., the graduate of the Big Stone Gap (Va.) High School attended Western Maryland College on an athletic scholarship. He graduated in 1934 with a bachelor's degree in history and an Army Reserve commission,

Mr. Willis taught in the high school in Wise, Va. In 1937, he was elected mayor of Wise.

Called to active duty during World War II, he served in Europe. He was a graduate and faculty member of several service schools and served in Korea, Vietnam, Japan and Turkey before his retirement in 1962.

Services for Mr. Willis were held Monday in the Little Baker Chapel on the Western Maryland campus.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, the former Jane McCollum Twigg; two sons, Dr. Eugene Willis Jr. of Ellicott City and John T. Willis of Baltimore; two sisters, Della Brown of Christiansburg, Va., and Cleo Perry of Arlington, Va.; a brother, Samuel S. Willis of North Springfield, Va.; and five grandchildren.

The family suggested memorial donations to the Eugene Willis Memorial Fund at WMC.


Assunta DiPinto

Retired seamstress

Assunta DiPinto, a retired seamstress, died Tuesday of cancer at the Stella Maris Hospice at the age of 85.

Mrs. DiPinto, who had lived in the Patterson Park area, retired about 20 years ago from Dvorak Bros., a men's clothing manufacturer, after 30 years as a seamstress. She was a member of Local 51 of the Clothing Workers union.

The former Assunta Caraffa was born in Philadelphia but moved to Italy as a child with her family.

She settled in Baltimore in the late 1920s after her marriage to Nicholas DiPinto. Mr. DiPinto, a bricklayer, died in 1948.

Mrs. DiPinto was a member of the Sodality at St. Elizabeth of Hungary Roman Catholic Church, Baltimore Street and Lakewood Avenue, where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. tomorrow.

She is survived by two sons, Joseph DiPinto of Manchester and Michael DiPinto of Baltimore; a daughter, Lucy DiPinto of Baltimore; a brother, Pasquale DiPinto of Rosedale; a grandson and a great-granddaughter.

P. Paul Katsafanas Jr., a real estate broker and developer, died Thursday at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center from complications of pancreatitis. He was 49.

The Timonium resident owned Pullen and Paul Realty, which he had started with a partner in 1966. He also operated RCI Appraisals Inc. and was a real estate developer.

Born in Towson, he was a graduate of Towson High School and attended the University of Baltimore.

He was active in Associated Italian Charities and the Order of American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association. Services will be at 11 a.m. tomorrow at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, 2504 Cub Hill Road in Cub Hill.

He is survived by his wife, the former Eileen Marie Dooley; a daughter, Mary Pauline Bosley of Cockeysville; a son, Lawrence Paul Katsafanas of Timonium; a brother, John L. Katsafanas of Kingsville; a sister, Mary Jane Katsafanas of Timonium; and a grandson.

Sister Christine Steger

Teacher, refectorian

Sister Christine Thelma Steger, S.S.N.D., who had taught in elementary schools and managed dining rooms at institutions of her religious order, died Tuesday at Mercy Medical Center of congestive heart failure. She was 83.

Sister Christine, who had lived at Villa Assumpta, the mother house of the School Sisters of Notre Dame since 1974, was the refectorian there until her retirement in 1986.

Known for many years by the religious name, Sister Mary Remilda, she managed the dining room at the order's juniorate, a school for young aspirants in Fort Lee, N.J., from 1940 to 1954.

Her teaching career began in 1934. She taught for four years at Sacred Heart of Jesus School in Highlandtown and for two years at St. Thomas Aquinas School in Hampden. She also taught at St. Joseph Passionist Monastery School in Southwest Baltimore for 18 years.

Born in Rochester, N.Y., she was educated in a parochial school and a business school there. She entered the School Sisters of Notre Dame in 1931.

She completed her high school education at Baltimore's Institute of Notre Dame and earned a bachelor's degree at the College of Notre Dame of Maryland.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. tomorrow at Villa Assumpta, 6401 N. Charles St.

She is survived by a sister, Dolores Gerhardt of Rochester, and several nieces and nephews.

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