Frances W. Townes, 84, social services supervisorFrances...

January 25, 1996

Frances W. Townes, 84, social services supervisor

Frances Whayland Townes, a case worker and office supervisor for the Maryland Department of Social Services for nearly 40 years, died of cardiac arrest Monday at Pickersgill Retirement Community in Towson. She was 84.

Born in Hebron in Wicomico County, she graduated from high school there and attended Strayers Business College in Baltimore.

While working in Baltimore, she married Samuel Townes in 1941 and they lived on East University Parkway. Mr. Townes died in 1970.

In 1950, she began her career with Department of Social Services. She retired in 1988.

An accomplished bridge player, Mrs. Townes was a member of the American Contract Bridge League and earned many master points. She was a member of the Wilson Memorial Methodist Church in Baltimore.

Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. today at Mitchell-Wiedefeld Funeral Home, 6500 York Road.

She is survived by a sister, Jane Vieser of Towson; two brothers, James Whayland of Timonium and Harry Hastings of Salisbury; and several nieces and nephews.

Harold Albert Sigafoose, 78, Westinghouse engineer

Harold Albert Sigafoose, a retired Westinghouse Electric Corp. engineer, died of pulmonary disease Jan. 18 at Anne Arundel Medical Center. He was 78 and lived in Annapolis.

The Hagerstown native, who retired in 1991, graduated from Brunswick High School.

During World War II, while training for the Army's tank corps he was injured and given a medical discharge. He attended several colleges before working for Bendix-Friez Corp. in Hillendale. He later worked for the General Electric Co. and in 1963 joined Westinghouse.

He enjoyed reading, carpentry, cooking and building model cars.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. today at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 1101 Bay Ridge Ave. in Annapolis.

He is survived by his wife Sena, whom he married in 1943; a son, Brandt T. Sigafoose of Germantown; a daughter, Lynne Roach of Pleasanton, Calif.; a brother, Dr. James Sigafoose of Englewood, Fla.; two grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

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