Ronald M. Smedberg, 48, Baltimore police sergeantRonald...

June 11, 1996

Ronald M. Smedberg, 48, Baltimore police sergeant

Ronald Michael Smedberg, a Baltimore police sergeant, died May 29 at Franklin Square Hospital Center after a heart attack at his Perry Hall home. He was 48.

Born and raised in Fells Point, he graduated from Mount St. Joseph High School in 1965, attended the University of Baltimore, and joined the Police Department in 1968.

He was Eastern District's 1977 Policeman of the Year. He had been a sergeant at Northeastern District since 1979.

Sergeant Smedberg had been a member of the Fraternal Order of Police since 1972 and a member of its board of directors since 1986.

For a decade he ran a Police Department fund-raiser for children at the now-closed St. Francis School for Special Education. The proceeds were used to buy clothing and toys for the children -- from a wish list complied by a nun who worked at the school.

A Mass of Christian burial was offered June 1.

He is survived by his wife of 24 years, the former Gloria J. Rynkowski; two daughters, Amanda and Rebecca Smedberg of Perry Hall; his mother, Margaret Smedberg of Baltimore; a sister, Dolores Heck of Pasadena; a brother, Dennis Smedberg of Baltimore; a nephew and two nieces.

A. H. LaMotte Jr., 59, longtime IBM employee

A. Hungerford "Hunky" LaMotte Jr., an IBM employee for 29 years, died June 1 at Washington Hospital Center of injuries from a fire at his home in Derwood, Montgomery County. He was 59.

Born and raised in Northwood, he graduated from Polytechnic Institute in 1954 and earned a bachelor's degree from the Johns Hopkins University in 1962. He served for three years in the Navy.

Before retiring from IBM in 1992, he had held various technical and managerial positions, first in Baltimore, then for the past 17 years in Bethesda, where he was a senior systems analyst.

He had a lifelong love of lacrosse. He helped institute youth lacrosse leagues in Montgomery and was a coach at the county's Magruder High School.

The former Towson resident was past president of the Towson Optimist Club, a member of the Paint and Powder Club and past president of the Grachur Club, a Methodist group in Pasadena.

He enjoyed sailing and was rear commodore of the Chesapeake Cruising Multihull Association.

Services will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday at St. John's Episcopal Church, 3427 Olney-Laytonsville Road, Olney.

Survivors include his wife of 25 years, Susan Penn; a son, Bradley H. LaMotte of Derwood; a daughter, Jennifer Lee LaMotte of Vienna, Va.; a brother, Gibbs LaMotte of Devon, Pa.; a sister, Nancy Lee LaMotte of Baltimore; and his mother, Mary Lee LaMotte of Towson.

Blanche M. M. Costello, 79, homemaker, avid reader

Blanche M. M. Costello, a homemaker, died Sunday of congestive heart failure at her Rosedale home. She was 79.

She had been a resident of Rosedale since 1961, when she moved to the area with her husband, an Army officer who had been assigned to Fort Holabird.

The former Blanche Marie McAndrew was born and raised in Locust Gap, Pa., where she graduated from high school.

She attended George Washington University and worked for the Motion Picture Association in Washington and as a secretary for the FBI before marrying Samuel J. Costello in 1943.

Mrs. Costello was an avid reader, who liked traveling and entertaining, said a son, Jamie Costello of Towson. "She loved to entertain and be surrounded by family and friends. That really was her whole life," he said.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 9: 15 a.m. Thursday at St. Clement Mary Hofbauer Roman Catholic Church, 1220 Chesaco Ave. in Rosedale, where she was a communicant.

In addition to her husband and son, she is survived by another son, Maj. Gen. John P. Costello of Fort Bliss, Texas; a sister, Margaret Murphy of White Marsh; and four grandchildren.

Angela Mancini, 45, construction firm owner

Angela Mancini, owner of a Baltimore construction company, died June 2 of cervical cancer while visiting relatives in Florida. She was 45.

A lifelong resident of Baltimore, she spent her last month in Vero Beach, Fla., to be closer to her three sisters and to be buried near her parents.

Ms. Mancini, a carpenter, was the owner and operator of A&M Construction and became a sales associate for Coldwell Banker Corp. last year. She was a member of Sacred Heart of Mary Roman Catholic Church in Baltimore.

A Mass of Christian burial was offered June 6.

She is survived by a son, Frank Anthony Cumberland, and a daughter, Anna Celeste Cumberland, both of Baltimore; three sisters, Maria DiRocco, Celeste Mancini Albert and Leonora HTC Dean, all of Vero Beach; and two brothers, Anthony Mancini of Long Branch, N.J., and Leonard Mancini of Baltimore.

Kathryn R. Purcell, 81, secretary

Kathryn Richardson Purcell, 81, a retired secretary and lifelong Towson resident, died of a heart attack June 1 at the Holly Hill Manor nursing home.

A memorial service has been scheduled at 1 p.m. July 7 at Trinity Episcopal Church, 120 Allegheny Ave. in Towson.

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