Michael J. BinkoClaims supervisorMichael J. Binko, a...

January 28, 1995

Michael J. Binko

Claims supervisor

Michael J. Binko, a lawyer and retired claims supervisor for an insurance firm, died Thursday at Carroll County General Hospital after a heart attack. He was 72 and lived in Westminster.

He retired in 1987 after doing claims work for many years for the Maryland Casualty Co., and, for a time, the Maryland Shipbuilding and Drydock Co.

Born in Baltimore, he was a 1959 graduate of the Mount Vernon School of Law, which was later merged with the University of Baltimore law school. He served in the Army in the China-Burma-India Theater during World War II, reaching the rank of staff sergeant.

A Mass of Christian burial was to be offered at 1:30 p.m. today at St. John's Roman Catholic Church on Monroe Street, Westminster.

He is survived by his wife, the former Patricia M. Theis; two daughters, Anne M. Smith of York, Pa., and Kelly M. Sborlini of King of Prussia, Pa.; a son, Michael P. Binko of Arlington, Va.; two brothers, James T. and Bernard Binko, both of Baltimore; and many nieces and nephews.

Mary Libbie Dryden

Active in churches

Mary Libbie Dryden, who had been active in United Methodist churches in Baltimore, Washington and Rockville, died Jan. 2 at the Shady Grove Adventist Nursing Center in Rockville of respiratory failure. She was 97.

Most recently, she had been a member of the Francis Asbury United Methodist Church in Rockville.

Earlier, she had been a soprano in the choirs of the Metropolitan and Calvary United Methodist churches in Washington and also taught Sunday school classes at Calvary. She had also been a member of the Northwood-Appold United Methodist Church.

The former Mary Libbie Travers was a native of Woodlawn, who was reared in Baltimore and graduated from Eastern High School.

As a young woman, she worked as an executive secretary at the Crown Cork and Seal Co.

She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, the P.E.O. Sisterhood, the Friday Morning Music Club and the 20th Century Club.

Her husband, Hugh L. Dryden Sr., died in 1965.

A memorial service for Mrs. Dryden will be held at 2 p.m. Feb. 4 in the chapel at Asbury Methodist Village in Gaithersburg.

She is survived by a son, Hugh L. Dryden Jr. of Deerfield, Ill.; two daughters, Ruth Van Tuyl of Silver Spring and Nancy Dryden of Rockville; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Dennis Gerard Lages, 43, a retired graphic artist, died Jan. 23 at Johns Hopkins Hospital after a heart attack. The Rockdale resident, who worked at the American Red Cross headquarters in Washington, retired a year ago for health reasons.

The Baltimore native had received the first of three kidney transplants in 1974 at Hopkins and was a founder of TADPA, a support group for transplant and dialysis patients at the hospital.

Services were held Thursday. He is survived by his mother, Mildred M. Lages of Rockdale; a sister, Linda M. Klein of Owings Mills; two brothers, Wayne E. Lages of Phoenix, Md., and Don G. Lages of Randallstown; two nieces and a nephew.

Walter Gettinger, 79, who had owned the Howard Theater in Baltimore and the Stowaway Motel in Ocean City, died of complications from Parkinson's disease at the Hospice-by-the-Sea in Boca Raton, Fla.

Services for the former Mount Washington and Pikesville resident were held Jan. 23. Survivors include his wife of 44 years, the former Lillian Levenson; two sons, Robert H. Gettinger of Coral Gables, Fla., and Donald I. Gettinger of Santa Monica, Calif.; a brother, Isadore Gettinger of New York City; and a grandchild.

Memorial donations may be made to the Hospice-by-the-Sea, 1531 W. Palmetto Park Road, Boca Raton, Fla., 33486; or the National Parkinson's Disease Foundation, Miami 33136.

Christina M. Taylor, 32, who had operated a residential and commercial cleaning business, died Sunday at St. Joseph Medical Center of complications of Hodgkin's disease.

A Mass of Christian burial was offered Thursday. She is survived by her husband, Douglas C. Taylor, and twin daughters, Samantha Anne and Stephanie Lynn Taylor, all of Bel Air; her father and stepmother, Robert F. and Maria G. Magardo of Fallston; two brothers, David A. and Robert F. Magardo Jr., both of Joppa; a sister, JoAnne M. Webster of Bel Air; three stepbrothers, Barry E. Caudill of Baltimore, Joel V. Caudill of Forest Hill and Jonathan Eric Caudill of Joppa; a stepsister, Gena M. Caudill of Edgewood; and her grandmother, Alice R. Magardo of Fallston.

Noel A. Chandonnet, 61, a senior vice president of the Government Employees Insurance Co. of Chevy Chase, died Wednesday of cancer at his home in Laurel Hollow, N.Y.

A Mass of Christian burial was to be offered today in Centerport, N.Y. He is survived by his wife, the former Sandra Shebell; five sons, Noel A. Chandonnet Jr. of Glen Head, N.Y., Christopher Chandonnet of Centerport, Claude Chandonnet of Bethesda, Guy Chandonnet of Verona, N.J., and Jean-Paul Chandonnet of Laurel Hollow; a daughter, Danielle Chandonnet of Laurel Hollow; his mother, Janet Chandonnet, and a brother, Jan Chandonnet, both of Annapolis; and four grandchildren.

Dr. Albert C. Burwell, 84, who practiced internal medicine in Baltimore for many years, died Dec. 31 of kidney failure at Johns Hopkins Hospital. The Northwest Baltimore resident retired about 10 years ago. He had offices on Aisquith Street in East Baltimore and later on West North Avenue.

Plans for a memorial service are not complete. He is survived by his wife, the former Helen Sawyer; two sons, Albert C. Burwell Jr. and Michael Donald Burwell; and a sister, Etta Burwell Phifer. All are of Baltimore.

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