Paula T. Stevens, 99, Homeland residentPaula T. Stevens, a...

March 11, 1997

Paula T. Stevens, 99, Homeland resident

Paula T. Stevens, a Homeland resident, died of heart failure Sunday at Keswick Multi-Care Center, where she had lived since last year. She was 99.

The former Paula Turner was born and raised at Woodlawn, the estate that later was incorporated into the planned community of Roland Park.

"She could drive through Roland Park and tell you what family lived in what house and when it was built," said her son, James W. Stevens Jr. of Homeland.

"She remembered being taken to the cupola of the [Woodlawn] house by her father and watching the Baltimore Fire," Mr. Stevens said.

Mrs. Stevens was a 1914 graduate of Notre Dame Preparatory School. She walked or traveled by horse and carriage to the Charles Street campus. She later studied art at the Maryland Institute.

In 1927, she married James W. Stevens Sr., who was the owner of Stevens Bros., a wholesale produce company that was located in the old Camden Market near Camden Station. He died in 1965.

Mrs. Stevens had belonged to the Woman's Club of Roland Park, the Three Arts Club of Homeland and the Women of the Rotary. She enjoyed traveling and was an avid bridge player.

She was a communicant of the Roman Catholic Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, where she was the oldest parishioner and a member of the Sodality and Altar Guild.

A memorial Mass will be offered at 11 a.m. Saturday at the cathedral, 5200 N. Charles St.

A daughter, Suzanne Stevens Tichenor, died in 1995.

Other survivors include seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Ethel M. Shoham, a homemaker who was active in Jewish organizations, died of heart failure Feb. 26 at her Northwest Baltimore home. She was 90.

At the Talmudical Academy of Baltimore, she was chairwoman and founder of Mothers of Torah and a life member of the Ladies Auxiliary. She was also a founder and member of the Bais Yaakov School Auxiliary and a member of the Ner Israel Rabbinical College Auxiliary and the Lechovod Shabos Society.

The former Ethel Marcus was born and educated in Lithuania, where her father was a rabbi. She immigrated to Baltimore when her father became the first rabbi of the Mishkan Israel Congregation in the early 1920s.

In 1926, she married Rabbi Yechiel Bear Shoham, who succeeded her father as rabbi of Mishkan Israel and who died in 1978.

Services were held Feb. 28.

She is survived by three sons, Dr. Sidney Shoham of Montreal, Dr. Gilbert Shoham of Kansas City, Mo., and Dr. Jacob Shoham of Los Angeles; a daughter, Fay Mishkin of New York City; 10 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Joseph Presco, 34, handyman

Joseph Presco, a lifelong West Baltimore resident, died of undetermined causes Thursday at Bon Secours Hospital. He was 34.

He worked as a handyman, doing odd jobs for friends and neighbors until health problems forced him to stop about a year ago.

He attended Walbrook High School, collected comic books and marbles and enjoyed horseback riding.

Funeral services will be held at noon today at Leroy O. Dyett Funeral Home, 4600 Liberty Heights Ave.

He is survived by his mother, Mary Presco of Baltimore; a brother, William Presco Jr. of Baltimore; five sisters, Carolyn Jones of San Francisco and Lolita Johnson, Renee Harris, Yolanda Presco and Alexis Presco, all of Baltimore.

Pub Date: 3/11/97

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