Kenneth T. Gaines, 33, model, fixed homesKenneth Todd...

April 09, 1996

Kenneth T. Gaines, 33, model, fixed homes

Kenneth Todd Gaines, a lifelong Baltimore area resident who modeled, operated a home improvement business and had a knack for making people laugh, died Friday of AIDS at Stella Maris Hospice. He was 33.

The Baltimore native had lived in northwest city communities and in Woodlawn in Baltimore County. He graduated from Woodlawn High School and attended Morgan State University and Coppin State College.

He liked outdoor activities -- especially swimming -- and often worked as a lifeguard in summer.

A talent for woodworking led him to a brief career in home improvement and his love of clothes resulted in a part-time modeling career, including a brief stint with the Baltimore-based Travis Winkey troupe.

His home improvement business never made much money, mainly because he did much of the work for free. "He just enjoyed helping people because that was the kind of person he was," said a brother, Larry Gaines. "So it wasn't always profitable."

Throughout his life he was always tried to make others happy, friends and family said. "He was very good at entertaining others and making you laugh," Mr. Gaines said.

Funeral services will be held at noon today at Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, 1300 Druid Hill Ave.

Other survivors include his father, Lawrence E. Gaines; his mother, Roberta Abrams Gaines; another brother, Thomas Gaines; and four sisters, Karen Gaines, Lorra Gaines, Rhonda Gaines-Tapper and April Lemon. All are of Baltimore.

Mildred S. Thornton, 88, golf association member

Mildred S. Thornton, a homemaker who was active in service organizations during World War II, died of respiratory failure March 24 at her Guilford residence. She was 88.

She was active with British War Relief during the war years, taught classes on aircraft recognition to aircraft spotters and worked with the Red Cross, creating facilities for Coast Guardsmen at Curtis Bay, Hawkins Point and Lazaretto Point.

She was a charter member of the Women's Golf Association and had memberships in the Baltimore Country Club, the English Speaking Union and the Daughters of the British Empire.

The former Mildred Strickland was born in Philadelphia and came to Baltimore as a child. She was a 1925 graduate of Southern Seminary in Buena Vista, Va.

In 1938, she married Sidney H. Thornton, who became vice chairman of Crosse & Blackwell Co. He died in 1975.

A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. today at St. David Episcopal Church, Roland Avenue and Oakdale Road in Baltimore.

She is survived by a son, John Ross Thornton of Hayward, Calif.; two grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Sister Mary Antionette, 87, art and music teacher

Sister Mary Antionette Cosgrove, S.S.N.D., a teacher for more than 50 years, died Saturday of an apparent heart attack in the health center at Villa Assumpta, the motherhouse of the School Sisters of Notre Dame. She was 87.

The former Margaret Mary Cosgrove was born in Cumberland and graduated from the Institute of Notre Dame in Baltimore, then entered the order in 1925. In 1966, she received a bachelor's degree from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland.

For more than 50 years, she taught art and music in several parochial schools, including St. Leo's in Baltimore from 1928 to 1930. She spent most of her career -- 1942 to 1970 -- at St. Joseph's in Midland.

In 1991, she entered the health center at the motherhouse.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. today in the chapel at Villa Assumpta, 6401 N. Charles St.

Survivors include a sister, Nonnita Grabenstein of LaVale; three brothers, Charles and John Cosgrove, both of Cumberland, and Clement Cosgrove of Fairview Park, Ohio; and nieces and nephews.

Edna T. Welder, 92, Pasadena homemaker

Edna T. Welder, a homemaker and a past secretary of the Lake Shore Democratic Club, died of apparent heart failure at Meridian Nursing Center in Severna Park on March 30. She was 92.

Born Edna Quinn in South Baltimore, she graduated from public schools. In 1923, she and Hubert H. Welder were married. They lived in South Baltimore until moving to Pasadena in 1950. Mr. Welder is deceased.

Services were to be held at 10 a.m. today at Our Lady of the Chesapeake Roman Catholic Church, 6400 Mountain Road in Pasadena.

She is survived by a son, William H. Welder of Venice, Fla.; a sister, Dolores Whelan of Upper Marlboro; three grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Barbara Barnett McCall, 68, homemaker, volunteer

Barbara "Bobbie" Barnett McCall, a homemaker and longtime volunteer, died Saturday of a cerebral hemorrhage at St. Joseph Medical Center. The Maxlea resident was 68.

Born in Cambridge, she graduated from Cambridge High School in 1945 and attended Marjorie Webster Junior College in Silver Spring from 1945 to 1947 and the University of Maryland in 1948.

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