Mary Frances Kerns, 73 Baltimore schoolteacherMary Frances...

June 10, 1996

Mary Frances Kerns, 73 Baltimore schoolteacher

Mary Frances Kerns, a city schoolteacher for nearly a quarter-century and an avid reader of Jane Austen and Edgar Allan Poe, died Thursday at Maryland General Hospital after suffering an asthma attack. She was 73.

Born Mary Frances Sours in Chatham, Va., she moved to Baltimore in 1950 and married Bernard R. Kerns three years later. They lived in the same Park Avenue house for the past 34 years.

Mrs. Kerns taught English at schools in Virginia and was an exchange teacher in Stourbridge, England, for a year. She taught English at Polytechnic Institute from 1958 until she retired in 1982.

She was a graduate of James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va., and received a master's degree in English from the Johns Hopkins University.

Mrs. Kerns was an avid reader and loved classical music, particularly Chopin. She was past president of the United Daughters of the Confederacy and a member of the Baltimore chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution. She was a member of the Virginia Women of Maryland.

Services are planned for 11 a.m. today at Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Chatham.

Surviving, in addition to her husband, are two brothers, William Sours and Benjamin Sours, both of Hampton, Va.; and two sisters, Catherine Moschler of Burlington, N.C., and Martha Young of Richmond, Va.

David Anthony Heller, 47, field service engineer

David Anthony Heller, a field service engineer specializing in nuclear medicine diagnostic equipment, died Thursday at his Ellicott City home of complications from kidney disease. He was 47.

Born and raised in Connecticut, where he graduated from an electronics school, Mr. Heller worked 24 years for Siemens Medical Systems. He also lived in New Jersey and Virginia before moving to Ellicott City 16 years ago with his wife, the former Donna Perugini.

He coached youth baseball and softball teams in Howard County for eight years and was an official at swimming competitions in Maryland and a board member of Forest Hill Swim Club.

Mr. Heller was a member of Roman Catholic Church of the Resurrection, at Paulskirk Drive and Chatham Drive in Ellicott City, where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. tomorrow.

Surviving, in addition to his wife, are a son, David Jonathan "D. J." Heller; and a daughter, Paige Ashleigh Heller, both at home; his mother, Theresa Heller of Beacon Falls, Conn.; a brother, Michael Heller of Encinitas, Calif.; and a sister, Barbara Valenti of Fort Myers, Florida.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice Services of Howard County, 5537 Twin Knolls Road, Suite 433, Columbia 21045.

Pub date: 6/10/96

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