Fred FennerRailroad brakemanFred Fenner, a retired...

May 20, 1994

Fred Fenner

Railroad brakeman

Fred Fenner, a retired railroader, died May 13 of a heart attack at his West Baltimore home. He was 70.

He went to work in 1950 as a brakeman for the Patapsco & Back River Railroad, which serves Bethlehem Steel Corp.'s Sparrows Point plant. He retired because of a medical disability in 1966.

Born and reared in Halifax, N.C., he attended schools there and moved to Baltimore in the late 1940s.

Betty A. Fenner, a daughter in Los Angeles, said, "He was a family man, a quiet man who was proud of the fact that his was one of the first black families to move in and integrate Edmondson Village in 1956."

He also is survived by his wife of 52 years, the former Flossie Jordan; a son, Fred W. Fenner of Baltimore; four other daughters, Ernestine Reid of Orange, Va., and Vernell Lawson, Christine Holmes and Theresa Mae Fenner, all of Baltimore; two brothers, Johnnie Lee Fenner of Columbia and Clayton Fenner of Baltimore; four sisters, Annie James of Edgewood, and Lilibelle Hopper, Mabel Fenner and Cotis Fenner, all of Baltimore; 17 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; and three step-grandchildren.

Services were held yesterday .

Sister Ruth Angela


Sister Mary Ruth Angela McLaughlin, O.S.F., who taught in Baltimore area schools in the 1930s and 1940s, died Sunday of heart failure at Assisi House, the retirement home of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia in Aston, Pa.

Sister Ruth Angela, who was 81, had lived at Assisi House since 1986.

She taught in Baltimore in 1934 and 1935 at St. Katherine's School, from 1935 until 1937 at Little Flower School and from 1937 until 1944 at St. Elizabeth School. From 1945 until 1948, she taught at Immaculate Conception School in Towson.

The former Isabelle McLaughlin, a Philadelphia native, entered the Sisters of St. Francis in 1933, and also taught at elementary schools in Wilmington, Del., Boston, Trenton, N.J., Lancaster, Pa., and Philadelphia.

She worked in the library at a school in Yardley, Pa., then worked with patients at a hospital in Philadelphia.

She was a graduate of Villanova University.

L She is survived by a niece, Regina Gwynn of Ridley Park, Pa.

A Mass of Christian burial was offered yesterday.

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