Margaret Murphy, 83, Social Security supervisorMargaret...

May 07, 1996

Margaret Murphy, 83, Social Security supervisor

Margaret Murphy, a retired Social Security Administration supervisor who was active in Irish and Catholic organizations and volunteer work, died of liver failure Saturday at her Catonsville home. She was 83.

Born and raised in Baltimore, the former Margaret Donohue attended parochial schools and, at age 14, went to work selling hosiery for the old O'Neill department store. She worked there for 20 years, and at Social Security from 1957 until she retired in 1974.

A daughter of Irish immigrants, Mrs. Murphy's love of Irish history and culture inspired several trips to Ireland and her active membership in the Ancient Order of Hibernians, Division I, Baltimore County. She was named Hibernian of the Year and served as deputy marshal of Baltimore's St. Patrick's Day Parade in 1984.

Mrs. Murphy was a volunteer for Red Cross blood drives at her St. Mark Parish and SSA's Woodlawn headquarters. As a member of the Catholic Daughters of America, she visited and baked cakes for patients at the state's Spring Grove Hospital Center. She also cooked casseroles for Our Daily Bread.

Mrs. Murphy's husband of 38 years, James L. Murphy, died in 1976.

Survivors include four daughters, Maureen M. Keck of Catonsville, Theresa M. Otto of Stevensville, Patricia A. Murphy of Baltimore and Kathleen M. Savage of Plano, Texas; two sons, Thomas J. Murphy of Germantown and Dennis M. Murphy of Gettysburg, Pa.; three sisters, Catherine Campbell of Wilmington, Del., Martha Cogswell of Littlestown, Pa., and Regina Voelker of Forest Hill; and 17 grandchildren.

Services will be held at 10: 30 a.m. today at St. Mark Roman Catholic Church on Melvin Avenue in Catonsville. The family suggested donations to the School Sisters of Notre Dame Retirement Fund, 6401 N. Charles St., Baltimore 21212. Esther H. Binder, a former teacher who lived in Baltimore for 63 years, died Wednesday of heart failure at a retirement home in Des Moines, Iowa. She was 99.

The former Esther Holm was born and raised in Waukegan, Ill., earned her bachelor's degree in 1917 from Northern Illinois Teachers College in DeKalb and began teaching in her home state.

In 1921, she moved to Baltimore and began a 40-year teaching career at Waverly Elementary School -- remaining until her retirement in 1961.

She was married in 1922 to George Binder, an insurance executive who died in 1972. They were longtime residents of Wendover Road in Guilford.

In the mid-1970s, Mrs. Binder moved to Charleston Hall Apartments on North Charles Street, and after Loyola College purchased the property and converted it to dormitories, she continued living there and worked as a housemother. In 1984, she moved to Des Moines.

She was a member of P.E.O. Chapter E, an educational and philanthropic organization in Baltimore. She was a former member of the Three Arts Club, the Baltimore Opera Guild, the Rosewood State Hospital Auxiliary and the Woman's Club of Roland Park.

A memorial service was held in Baltimore yesterday at Second Presbyterian Church, where she had been a member for many years.

Mrs. Binder is survived by a daughter, Georgene Pond of Asheville, N.C.; four grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

Jeanne K. Seglem, 80, insurance office manager

Jeanne K. Seglem, a former insurance company office manager who had been active in women's and Norwegian cultural organizations, died of kidney failure April 30 at North Arundel Nursing Center. She was 80.

A native of Baltimore, the former Jeanne Klare grew up in Ten Hills and was a 1933 graduate of Mount de Sales Academy. She earned a degree from the Maryland Institute in costume design and fashion illustration.

She worked as a secretary with the Farm Credit Administration, as an office manager for the Baltimore office of Equitable Life Insurance of Iowa for 20 years, and then for the Marine Engineers Benevolent Association until she retired in the mid-1970s.

Mrs. Seglem, who lived in recent years at Charlestown Retirement Community and was formerly of Northwood, was the founding president of the Junior Women's Club of Ten Hills and president of the Cross Town Women's Club.

She developed an interest in Norway as a result of her marriage in 1952 to Erling Seglem, a former seaman and painting contractor who died in 1988. She was active in the Sons of Norway and became the first non-Norwegian female to serve as president of the local Nordkap Lodge, which takes its name from the North Cape of Norway.

Mrs. Seglem is survived by a brother, Wallace B. Klare of Towson.

Services were Friday at First English Lutheran Church, where she was a member.

Anthony A. Potous,66, a Baltimore native who was an insurance executive in Erie, Pa., died of leukemia at a hospital there Friday. He moved to Pittsburgh during the 1940s and worked as a life insurance agent with USF&G. In 1978, he moved to Erie, where he became vice president of the S. A. Wagner Agency.

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