Elizabeth A. McGowan, 68, church organistElizabeth Anne...

March 09, 1997

Elizabeth A. McGowan, 68, church organist

Elizabeth Anne "Nancy" McGowan, an accomplished organist who played at many area churches, died of cancer yesterday at her Dundalk home. She was 68.

A longtime member of the American Guild of Organists, she was the organist at St. Luke's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Dundalk for 24 years. She also was in demand for celebrations at other churches, including St. Alphonsus Roman Catholic Church, and played piano and led weekly sing-alongs at Ateaze Senior Center in Dundalk.

"She always loved music and studied piano as a child," said Joseph N. McGowan, her husband of 47 years. "She studied organ with a private instructor for 20 years. She played so well that she was in demand everywhere."

Born Elizabeth Anne Black in Bordentown, N.J., she graduated from Rutgers University in 1949 with a degree in physical education. She married Mr. McGowan a year later.

They moved in 1958 to Sparrows Point, where Mr. McGowan became a personnel supervisor for Bethlehem Steel Corp. He is now training director for the Baltimore County Police Department.

Mrs. McGowan is also survived by five daughters, Patrice McMillen of Timonium, Ellen McLaughlin of Bel Air, Maureen Siegert of Pittsburgh, Betsy McCord of Ellicott City and Clare Killian of Towson; a son, Nicholas McGowan of Bel Air; a sister, Patricia McCreary of Beaver, Pa.; and seven grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Sacred Heart of Mary Roman Catholic Church, 6736 Youngstown Ave. in Dundalk.

Monsignor Stanley J. Scarff, pastor emeritus of St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church in Cockeysville, died Thursday at Stella Maris Hospice. He was 93.

Born in Baltimore, he attended Calvert Hall College before entering the old St. Charles College Seminary in Catonsville. He also studied at St. Mary's Seminary in Baltimore and at the North American College in Rome, where he was ordained in 1931.

In 1932, he began his first parish assignment at St. Katherine Roman Catholic Church in Baltimore, where he remained for 16 years. He served at St. Anthony parish in Emmitsburg before he was appointed pastor in 1956 at St. Joseph, a rapidly expanding parish in northern Baltimore County.

Monsignor Scarff supervised additions and renovations to St. Joseph Church. Contractors added two wings to the original church, built in 1852 of stone carried from a nearby quarry. The remodeling increased seating capacity from 100 to nearly 1,000.

Pope Paul VI named the priest a monsignor in 1965. Three years later, Monsignor Scarff retired, but he continued to be an active participant in his parish, often returning to say Mass and administer the sacraments.

Monsignor Scarff's body will lie in state at St. Joseph from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. today. A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10: 30 a.m. tomorrow.

He is survived by five nieces and five nephews.

George G. Moxey, 51, Navy veteran; teacher

George Gerard Moxey, 51, an Eastern Shore native and Navy veteran of Vietnam, died of heart failure Feb. 18 at his home in North Chicago, Ill. He had a heart transplant eight years ago.

Born in Cambridge, Mr. Moxey enlisted in the Navy shortly after graduating from North Dorchester High School. He served 22 years, including two tours in Vietnam, before retiring as a chief petty officer. He later wrote a communications textbook for the ,, Navy and taught electronic communications at the College of Lake County in Illinois.

A memorial Mass is to be offered at 9 a.m. today at St. Francis de Sales Roman Catholic Church, Salisbury. A graveside service with full military honors is planned for 11 a.m. Saturday at the cemetery of Our Lady of Good Counsel Roman Catholic Church in Secretary.

Survivors include his wife, Nancy Moxey; a stepson, Roger Knutel of Illinois; six sisters, Irene Harper of Rhodesdale, Catherine Schmitz of Hurlock, Patricia Zimmerman of Barren, Wis., Bernadette Loscomb of Secretary, and Rosemary Cropper and Mary Ann Herbert, both of Laurel, Del.; and three brothers, Thomas A. Moxey of Virginia Beach, Va., David J. Moxey of Elkton and Herman D. Moxey of Aberdeen.

Leo A. "Rocky" Hyde, 72, postal clerk, football coach

Leo A. "Rocky" Hyde, a retired postal clerk who played and coached semiprofessional football, died Friday from complications of diabetes at St. Joseph Hospital. The Parkville resident was 72.

He had worked nearly 40 years at the city's main post office on Calvert Street.

Born in Hazelton, Pa., Mr. Hyde served in the Army Air Forces as an air transportation technician during World War II. He earned several combat medals for his service in Burma, China and India.

During the war, he took up boxing, a sport that earned him his nickname. After his discharge, he moved to Baltimore, began his postal career and resumed a childhood sport -- football.

"For my father and his brother, growing in the coal mining region, football was everything," said his daughter, Sherry Moore, of Orlando, Fla. "They were raised on it."

Mr. Hyde played with and coached the Arbutus semipro team and for many years coached the Omicron Eagles in Baltimore.

"They used to call him 'Hard Coal' after his background," said a son, Daniel L. "Rocky 2" Hyde of Parkville. "He was one of the last true players to play both offensive and defensive lineman."

He taught his three sons football and insisted that his daughter learn to throw.

He was married for 41 years to the former Vera Sacco, who died in 1986.

Surviving in addition to his son and daughter are his wife of six years, the former Nancy Marcomin; two other sons, Michael J. Hyde of Bel Air and Brian S. Hyde of Parkville; a brother, Michael Hyde of Baltimore; three sisters, Mary Craig and Rita Hyde, both of Dundalk, and Anna Spotts of Crystal River, Fla.; three stepchildren; five grandchildren; and five step-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 9: 30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Thomas More Roman Catholic Church, 6806 McClean Blvd., where he was a longtime member.

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