Churchman, 82, avid golfer and homemakerVirginia...

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March 29, 1996

V. L. Churchman, 82, avid golfer and homemaker

Virginia Lucy Churchman, a homemaker and avid golfer, died Monday of cancer at Manor Care Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Ruxton. The Hamilton resident was 82.

Born Virginia McClenaghan in Detroit, she traveled the United States with her parents and learned weaving and flower arranging in her youth, skills at which she later excelled.

In 1936, she married Norman P. Churchman in Detroit. They moved to Baltimore County in 1942 and, eight years later, settled in Hamilton. He died in 1991.

After raising her children, Mrs. Churchman worked from 1962 to 1974 as a floral arranger and bookkeeper for a Baltimore florist.

She was an award-winning golfer at the Hunt Valley Country Club, a member of the Baltimore Weavers Guild and the Warped Weavers Guild of Bel Air and an American Red Cross volunteer for many years.

A memorial service is planned at 11 a.m. today at Messiah Episcopal Church, Harford Road and White Avenue.

Survivors include two sons, Robert A. Churchman of Baltimore and N. Frederick Churchman of Reisterstown; two daughters, Carol Churchman Gordon of Scottsdale, Ariz. and Jane Morsberger of Phoenix; nine grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Jane Alta Lorenzen, 55, Severna Park nurse

Jane Alta Lorenzen, a registered visiting nurse who cared for patients even though she was suffering from a terminal illness, died of cancer March 13 at her Severna Park home. She was 55.

Despite severe pain, she provided care to her patients until less than a month before her death.

She was born Jane Kroehler in New York and graduated from the Cornell University School of Nursing in 1964.

For the next 15 years, she was a nurse in schools, nursing homes, private residences and hospitals in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Michigan.

In 1980, she and her husband Ernie, whom she married in 1964, moved from Michigan to Severna Park.

She was a member of the Visiting Nurse Association of Baltimore and the American Massage Therapy Association.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Arnold.

Besides her husband, survivors include a daughter, Sharon A. Lorenzen of Severna Park; a son, Michael E. Lorenzen of Indiana, Pa.; and a brother, Richard Kroehler of Phoenix.

Ralph H. Retler, 77, racehorse auctioneer

Ralph H. Retler, a racehorse auctioneer, owner and trainer whose best-known sale was perhaps that of 1977 Triple Crown winner Seattle Slew, died March 21 of heart failure at Howard County General Hospital. He was 77.

The Woodbine resident joined Fasig-Tipton Co., the thoroughbred auction firm, in 1947, starting a 41-year association that would see him become the company's principal auctioneer, selling many horses at record-breaking prices.

Those thoroughbreds included the $7 million mare Miss Oceana, as well as Seattle Slew and Genuine Risk, the only Triple Crown winner and female Kentucky Derby winner sold at public auction. He retired in 1988.

He also was a racehorse owner and bred horses at Woodhue, his 112-acre farm. He began his career as a thoroughbred trainer in the 1930s.

Born in Washington, he was a graduate of schools there and attended St. John's College in Annapolis.

Survivors include his wife, the former Betsy Burke, whom he married in 1967; two daughters, Janice Retler of Ellicott City and Jo Ann Henderson of La Plata; and a grandson.

Hugh Kemp Clark, 90, chemist, du Pont lawyer

Hugh Kemp Clark, 90, a chemist and lawyer who had central roles in the development of atomic energy from the days of the Manhattan Project to the era of nuclear power plants, died March 17 at his home in Kennedyville.

A member of the legal department of E. I. du Pont de Nemours & Co. from 1936 to 1970, he drew up his company's contracts with the federal government regarding the Manhattan Project, which led to the development of the atomic bomb.

Pub Date: 3/29/96

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