Inez Ruth MacLeodTeacherInez Ruth MacLeod, who taught...

June 20, 1995

Inez Ruth MacLeod


Inez Ruth MacLeod, who taught school and then operated a children's store, died Friday of pneumonia at Frederick Villa Nursing Center in Catonsville. She was 100.

Miss MacLeod was a native of Lansdowne, and graduated from the elementary school there and from a predecessor of Towson State University.

She began teaching in 1912 at age 18, first at the Relay School, where she had to start the fire in the pot-bellied stove that warmed her classroom after taking a train there from Lansdowne. She later taught at Lansdowne Elementary School, where she also was vice principal.

She left teaching in the early 1930s and opened a children's shoe store that also sold clothing and school supplies. The store was located next to a family-owned drugstore in Lansdowne. In 1945, she closed the store and moved with a sister to Woodbine, where she lived until she entered the nursing home in 1975.

She taught Sunday school classes at Lansdowne United Methodist Church and later at Woodbine United Methodist Church.

Services for Miss MacLeod will be held at 11 a.m. today at Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church, 5602 Johhnycake Road in Catonsville.

She is survived by four nephews, John E. Macleod of Cape St. Claire, Edward Hoffman of Newport News, Va., Basil MacLeod of Texas and E. John MacLeod of Catonsville; five nieces, Dorothy Wineke of Lansdowne; Freda Fletcher of Cumberland, Alice Isaacs, Inez Curtis and Janie Olver, all of Catonsville; and many grandnieces, grandnephews, great-grandnieces and great-grandnephews.

Lorraine Crawford

Waitress, cook

Lorraine Berger Crawford, who had been a waitress, cook and barmaid, died Saturday of complications from lung cancer at the Baltimore home of a daughter. She was 74.

Mrs. Crawford's desire to send her children to parochial schools led to 30 years of work in taverns and restaurants in Baltimore. She retired 12 years ago from Nixon's Waverly House.

Her first marriage to Stephen Szaleski ended in divorce. Her second husband, Sidney Berger, who died in 1977, was a merchant seaman who spent much of his time away from home, leaving Mrs. Crawford to take care of the children.

"What held us together was our mother," said a son, Joseph Berger of Baltimore. "She did anything to keep us as a family."

The former Lorraine Preston was born in Hagerstown in 1921 but was raised in Baltimore, where she was educated at the Cathedral School.

She was a member of St. Thomas Aquinas Roman Catholic Church on Roland Avenue.

Her third husband, Jack Crawford, died in 1988.

Services were set for 10 a.m. today at Burgee-Henss Funeral Home, 3631 Falls Road.

Other survivors include a son, Joseph Szaleski of Severna Park; two daughters, Marie Dean and Margaret Fitzgerald, both of Baltimore; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

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