John Charles Klink, 69, technical engineerJohn Charles...

December 21, 1996

John Charles Klink, 69, technical engineer

John Charles Klink, a technical engineer, died Sunday of a heart attack at St. Joseph Medical Center in Towson. The Bel Air resident was 69.

The Pittsburgh native had lived in Bel Air since 1968.

He graduated from Carnegie Technical Institute in Pittsburgh in the early 1950s and soon after joined the Universal Cyclops engineering company in Pittsburgh. He retired in 1991.

Mr. Klink served in the Army from 1945 to 1947. In 1951, he married Joan Dunbar, who died in 1988.

He is survived by a son, John D. Klink of Baltimore; three daughters, Beth Ann Ackerman of Bel Air, Barbara Ann Smith of Forest Hill and Joanna Dallam of Pylesville; a brother, Joseph G. Zeigler of Bethel Park, Pa.; two sisters, Hazel Klink and Joan DeGretallo, both of Pittsburgh; and 12 grandchildren.

Services were held Thursday.

Thomas M. Fitzpatrick, 73, Hopkins physicist

Thomas M. Fitzpatrick, a retired physicist with Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory in Howard County, died Wednesday of Alzheimer's disease while living at Charlestown Retirement Community in Catonsville. He was 73.

Born in Baltimore, Mr. Fitzpatrick graduated from Loyola High School in 1940 and earned a physics degree from Catholic University of America in 1951. He married Jean Holmes in 1946 and the couple lived in Silver Spring until he moved to Charlestown. In 1953, he began work at Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory.

Services are scheduled for 10 a.m. today at St. Peter's Roman Catholic Church, 2900 Olney-Sandy Spring Road in Olney.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by six sons, Thomas M. Fitzpatrick Jr. of Rockville, Kevin B. Fitzpatrick of Lutherville, Shaun D. Fitzpatrick of Wheaton, Brian W. Fitzpatrick of Washington, Kerry J. Fitzpatrick of Silver Spring, and Michael F. Fitzpatrick of Highland; four daughters, Jean M. Snowden of Adamstown, Helen M. Getz of Gaithersburg, Kathleen A. Gushen of Sunderland and Mary C. Murray of Ellicott City; a sister, Helen Frensch of Santa Barbara, Calif.; and 30 grandchildren.

Mary Polk Roberts, 74, Baltimore County educator

Mary Polk Roberts, an educator in the Baltimore area for more than 30 years, died Dec. 3 of lung failure at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. The Towson resident was 74.

Miss Roberts, a 1944 Goucher College graduate, began her teaching career there in 1944. From the late 1940s to 1963, she taught at Towson High School, eventually heading its science department.

She was assistant principal at Perry Hall High School from 1963 to 1965 and principal at the old Cockeysville High School from 1965 until she retired in 1980.

A private service is planned.

She is survived by three dear friends, Jean Kuhlman, Jean Sisk and Jean Saunders, all of Baltimore.

Amalie S. Katz, 94, Park School alumna

Amalie S. Katz, a lifelong Baltimore resident and a graduate of the Park School, died Thursday of heart failure while living at the Roland Park Place in North Baltimore. She was 94.

Raised in the Reservoir Hill community, Mrs. Katz graduated from the Park School in 1919 and the University of Chicago in 1923.

The former Amalie Sonneborn worked briefly as a secretary for the Lyric Theatre before she married M. Shakman Katz in 1924; he died in 1989. The couple lived in Windsor Hills in West Baltimore from the time they married until moving to Roland Park Place in 1988.

Mrs. Katz was active with Associated Jewish Charities and the Child Study Association of Maryland Inc., and was a board member of Union Memorial Hospital and the Central Scholarship Bureau.

Services are scheduled for 1 p.m. tomorrow at the Sol Levinson and Bros., 8900 Reisterstown Road, Pikesville.

She is survived by a son, John Z. Katz of New York City; two daughters, Deborah Hermann of Newtonville, Mass., and Mary K. Burack of Jackson, N.H.; 12 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Paul Bernard Smith, Catholic school principal

A memorial Mass will be offered at 11 a.m. Dec. 29 at St. Cecilia Roman Catholic Church, Windsor Avenue and Hilton Street, for the Rev. Paul Bernard Smith, a former Baltimorean. Father Smith, who retired last year after 25 years as principal of Holy Angels Roman Catholic School in Chicago -- the nation's largest African-American Catholic elementary school -- was slain Nov. 23.

He is survived by a brother, Leonard Smith of Iowa; and a sister, Agnes Dorsey of Baltimore.

Agatha Ratas, 106, immigrant, factory worker

Agatha Ratas, a Polish immigrant who arrived in Baltimore in the early 1900s, died Dec. 11 of heart failure at the Stella Maris Hospice in Towson. She was 106.

In 1907, alone and unable to speak English, Mrs. Ratas left her family in Suwalki, Poland, and sailed to Ellis Island before making her way to Baltimore.

She worked in the canning houses and shirt factories of southeast Baltimore's Polish community and used her earnings to send money home to her brother and four sisters.

Born Agatha Gonglewski, she married Julius Ratas in 1911, and the couple lived in rural Frederick County. Mr. Ratas died in 1962 and Mrs. Ratas moved to Stella Maris in 1970.

A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated Monday.

She is survived by six daughters, Elizabeth Gesser and Martha Sefcik, both of Baltimore, Mary McGarvey of Towson, Helen Florence of Rouzerville, Pa., Frances Ratas of Hagerstown, and Agnes Gustafson of Peoria, Ill.; 15 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.

Pub Date: 12/21/96

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