Joseph Murray Downey, 74, Baltimore police officerJoseph...

August 13, 1996

Joseph Murray Downey, 74, Baltimore police officer

Joseph Murray Downey, a Baltimore City police officer from 1952 to 1976, died of a heart attack Aug. 6 at University of Maryland Medical Center. He was 74 and lived in Brooklyn Park.

The Baltimore native served in the military during World War II. After he was discharged, he worked in the construction industry until he joined the Police Department.

Services were held yesterday.

He is survived by his wife, the former Helen Taras, whom he married in 1945; two sons, Joseph Frederick Downey of Los Angeles and William John Downey of Baltimore; a daughter, Rosemarie Baranowski of Baltimore; three grandsons; a granddaughter; and six great-grandchildren. Willie Jesse Wiggins, a retired crane operator, died Thursday in his sleep at his West Baltimore residence. He was 91.

He retired in 1962 after 41 years as a crane operator for Revere Copper & Brass Co. and joined the old Central Savings Bank as an administrative assistant, retiring a second time in 1989.

Born in Kilmarnock, Va., he came to Baltimore as a youngster and attended city schools.

In 1926, he married Grace L. Johnson, who died in 1958.

Services will be held at 10: 30 a.m. today at Enon Baptist Church, Edmondson Avenue and Schroeder Street, where he was a member for 70 years and a deacon for 60.

He is survived by four daughters, Grace M. Johnson, Margaret I. Wiggins, Evelyn D. Scipio and Gladys W. Davis, all of Baltimore; a brother, Martin Wiggins of Kilmarnock; a sister, Alverta Butler of Baltimore; six grandchildren; and eight grandchildren.

Margaret E. Pulfrey, 83, Charlestown resident

Margaret E. Pulfrey, 83, a resident of the Charlestown Retirement Community in Catonsville for the past 3 1/2 years, died of cancer there Sunday.

Active in the Charlestown community, she was the wife of Charles W. Pulfrey, commodore of the Black Swan Yacht Club, the model sailboat racing association at Charlestown.

Born in Chicago and formerly of Philadelphia and Northbrook, Ill., she traveled widely with her husband throughout Europe and the United States.

A memorial service was being planned.

She is survived by her husband of 59 years; a son, retired Navy Cmdr. Charles A. Pulfrey of Silver Spring; two daughters, Diane Isdaner of Baltimore and Marianne Schroeder of Fort Collins, Colo.; her sister, Mary Clare McCormick of Cary, Ill.; and 11 grandchildren.

Cornelis Adrian Lauryssens, 58, sales representative

Cornelis Adrian "Dutch" Lauryssens, a sales representative for a wholesale arts and crafts company, died Tuesday of cancer at Union Memorial Hospital. He was 58.

He was a salesman for SBAR's Inc. of Moorestown, N.J., for 20 years. He was a member of the Bush River Yacht Club in Abingdon and lived in Frametown, W. Va.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Lou; three daughters, Michelle Wolfe of Kingsville, Dawn Ann Lauryssens of Baltimore and Mary Jo Lloyd of Mullica Hill, N.J.; three sons, Cornelis Lauryssens of Jop- patowne, Michael Edwin Clemm of Newark, Del., and Jeffrey Allen Clemm of Claymont, Del.; a sister, Carol Carrol of Chesapeake, Va.; and six grandchildren.

James W. Wist, 49, district conservationist

James William Wist, a district conservationist for the Natural Resource Conservation Service, died July 31 in Bowie. He was 49.

He graduated from Arundel High School in 1965 and the University of Maryland in 1969.

Services were held Aug. 3.

He is survived by his wife, Lois Wist of Millersville; his mother, Alice Marie Wist of Odenton; two daughters, Tobi Rochelle Dodson of Long Beach, Calif., and Jessie Lee Wist of Pasadena; a son, Jamie Richard Wist of Annapolis; a stepson, Shane Jack Bronza Dillard of Millersville; two sisters, Billie Marie St. Louis of Hudson, Fla., and Diane R. Durner of Shady Side; and three brothers, Stan G. Wist of Bowie, Glenn M. Wist of Millersville and Gregory D. Wist of Gambrills.

John Francis Amer, 65, St. Agnes Hospital worker

John Francis Amer, 65, a Catonsville resident, died of cancer Aug. 1 at home.

He graduated from Mount St. Joseph High School in 1949 and joined the Maryland Air National Guard. He was discharged as a technical sergeant nine years later.

He was a traffic manager at H. B. Davis Co. until 1988, and worked at St. Agnes Hospital for the past eight years.

His first wife, Rosemarie, died late last year.

A Mass of Christian burial was offered Aug. 5. He is survived by his wife of six months, the former June McIntyre.

Arlene Frances Brown, 45, nurse practitioner

Arlene Frances Brown, 45, a nurse practitioner and active member of Linthicum Seventh-day Adventist Church, died Aug. 4 of a brain tumor at home in Severn.

She graduated from the South Baltimore General Hospital (now Harbor Hospital Center) Nursing School and worked as a nurse for 10 years. Most recently, she was an administrative assistant for the General Conference of the Seventh-day Adventists in Elkridge.

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