John R. Kranz, 56, real estate developerJohn Robert Kranz...

November 09, 1996

John R. Kranz, 56, real estate developer

John Robert Kranz, a real estate developer who helped design shopping centers nationwide, died Tuesday of a brain tumor at his Guilford home. He was 56.

He was senior vice president for design for Mills Corp., a Roslyn, Va., real estate development firm.

From 1983 to 1986, he oversaw architecture and development for Franklin Property Co. and worked in construction management for Rouse Co. from 1979 to 1983.

The New York City native graduated from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conn., in 1966 and received a master of architecture degree from Yale University in 1970.

He married Lori Gladstone in 1967.

He enjoyed opera, theater and restoring old houses, including the one in which he lived.

Services will be held at 3 p.m. tomorrow at Grace United Methodist Church, 5407 N. Charles St.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Pebble Kranz of Baltimore; his mother, Eleanor Hine Kranz of Martha's Vineyard, Mass.; a brother, David Kranz of Carlisle, Pa.; and a sister, Judy Kranz of New York City.

Sister Mary Monica, 93, nurse, medical librarian

Sister Mary Monica Curley, C.B.S., who had been a registered nurse and medical record librarian, died Sunday of cardiac arrhythmia at the provincial house of the Sisters of Bon Secours in Marriottsville. She was 93.

Sister Monica was born Catherine Ernestine Curley in Pawtucket, R.I. She entered the Sisters of Bon Secours in 1937 after working as a secretary and teacher. She professed her vows in 1946.

She earned a nursing degree in 1942 from the Bon Secours School of Nursing and later became a registered X-ray technologist and medical records librarian.

Sister Monica worked at Bon Secours Hospital in Baltimore and at other facilities run by her order in Methuen, Mass., and Grosse Pointe, Mich.

For many years, she was a medical records administrator at St. Mary's Hospital in Richmond, Va. She was a member of the hospital's board from 1966 until 1983, when she was elected an honorary trustee.

She retired to Marian Hall at Marriottsville in 1995.

A memorial Mass was offered Wednesday.

She has no survivors.

James L. Williams, 75, supply firm owner, aviator

James L. Williams, who was president of a Timonium engineering supply firm and an aviator, died Wednesday of complications of a stroke at Manor Care Ruxton. He was 75 and lived in Timonium.

He was president and CEO of ESSCO, which he founded in 1983. He began his career in 1949 as a salesman.

He was born in Fallonsbee, W. Va., and moved to Baltimore as a child. He was a 1939 graduate of City College, where he starred in football and track.

He enlisted in the Navy in 1942 and was an aviator in the Mediterranean. After the war he joined the Naval Reserve and retired with the rank of commander in 1978.

Known as "Tailspin," he owned planes and was a member of the HTC Kiwanis and Lions clubs.

His first marriage ended in divorce.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at Ruck Towson Funeral Home, 1050 York Road.

He is survived by his wife, the former Dollie Whitestone; two sons, Brian Williams of Alexandria, Va., and Kerry Williams of Houston; a stepson, Paul L. Bogat of Westminster; a stepdaughter, Lorraine Friner of Pikesville; and six grandchildren.

Pub Date: 11/09/96

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