Ida SprafkinSocial Security workerIda Sprafkin, a retired...

June 13, 1994

Ida Sprafkin

Social Security worker

Ida Sprafkin, a retired Social Security Administration employee known for her knitting skills and charity work, died Friday of cancer at Levindale Hebrew Geriatric Center. The Pikesville resident was 79.

She had been a member of the Pikesville Senior Center for the past 10 years and served on its executive board for three years.

Once a week she ran the center's front desk, answering the telephone and helping visitors seeking information about programs and activities.

In the early 1980s she worked two days a week in the accounting department of Northwest Hospital Center.

From the late 1930s to the 1960s Mrs. Sprafkin organized fund-raisers, trips and did other volunteer work for the now-defunct Ladies Auxiliary of the Progressive Sick Benefit and Relief Association.

She did similar work for the Ladies Auxiliary of the Independent Order of Brith Sholom during the 1980s and 1990s.

During World War II she knitted sweaters for the armed forces and received a citation for her work from President Harry S. Truman. She also knitted garments for the American Red Cross.

During the past five years, Mrs. Sprafkin knitted more than 2,000 caps for newborns at Sinai Hospital.

She was born Ida Antin in Brooklyn, N.Y. In 1936, she married Morris Sprafkin and they moved to Baltimore. He worked for the Social Security Administration.

In the early 1950s she also got a job there, working as a claims examiner in Baltimore and later at the agency's headquarters in Woodlawn until her retirement in 1975.

Services were held yesterday at Sol Levinson Bros. funeral home.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a son, Kenny Sprafkin of Baltimore; two daughters, Judith Woolfson and Rhoda Zeligman, both of Baltimore; a sister, Pearl Goldberg of Brooklyn; and five grandchildren.

Memorial donations may be made to the Food Fund at Pikesville Senior Center, 1301 Reisterstown Road, Baltimore 21208, or to the American Cancer Society.

J. Daniel New Sr.

C&P supervisor

J. Daniel New Sr., a retired supervisor of central office equipment maintenance for the Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Co., died June 6 of complications of diabetes at the Bon Secours Extended Care Facility.

Mr. New, who was 72, lived in Catonsville for many years but spent much of the past 10 years on the Outer Banks of North Carolina.

He retired in 1982 from C&P in Washington after more than 40 years of service there and in Baltimore.

A native of Baltimore, he was a graduate of the Polytechnic Institute and served as an aviation machinist's mate in the Navy in the Solomons Islands during World War II.

He became a petty officer first class and was sent to flight school, but the war ended soon after he made his solo flight.

After the war, he joined the 175th Infantry Regiment of the Maryland National Guard, retiring as a major in the mid-1970s.

He was a former head of the Catonsville Lodge of the Elks. He also was a member of the Telephone Pioneers of America and the Duck Woods Country Club in North Carolina.

A Mass of Christian burial was offered Thursday at St. Mark's Roman Catholic Church in Catonsville.

His wife, the former Mary Mildred Smith, died April 4.

He is survived by two sons, J. Daniel New Jr. of Greenbelt and John Philip New of Catonsville; a daughter, J. Denise Brewer of Catonsville; a brother, Henry P. New of Baltimore; seven ZTC grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

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