Shirley T. Corvese, 65, professional pianistShirley T...

March 20, 1997

Shirley T. Corvese, 65, professional pianist

Shirley T. Corvese, a former Baltimore resident and self-taught pianist who played in several bands, died of cancer Monday in Chatsworth, Calif., where she moved last year. She was 65.

She was born Shirley Tarleton in Pennsylvania and raised in East Baltimore. She taught herself to play the piano when she was 9.

At 16, she was performing professionally with bands in local bars and clubs. She was an accompanist for a female singer, and they toured many East Coast cities. In the early 1950s, she helped form The Hormel Girls band and moved to Lacrosse, Wis.

She moved to Parkville in the late 1950s and performed sporadically thereafter.

In 1956, she married Richard Corvese, who died in 1970.

Services will be held at 7 p.m. tomorrow at Evans Funeral Home, 8800 Harford Road, Parkville.

She is survived two sons, Russell Corvese of Morgan Hill, Calif., and Richard Corvese of Baltimore; a daughter, Jeanne Corvese White of Northridge, Calif.; a sister, Delores Robinson of Cockeysville; and two grandsons.

Katherine T. Edmunds, a retired real estate agent and yachtswoman, died of cardiopulmonary disease Sunday at home Roland Park Place. She was 80.

She was an agent for W.H.C. Wilson & Co. in Roland Park from 1973 to 1986, when she retired.

The former Katherine Beecher Thomsen was born in Toledo, Ohio, and moved to Gibson Island in the 1920s with her family. They lived in the first house built on the island, where she developed her longtime interests in the Chesapeake Bay, yachting and swimming.

The family moved to Baltimore, where she graduated from the Calvert School and Notre Dame Preparatory School in 1935.

In 1939, she married Baltimore architect James R. Edmunds III, and they settled on Blythe-wood Road in Roland Park. She and Mr. Edmunds, who died in 1973, sailed on the bay in their bugeye, ketch and yawl.

She was a member of the Gibson Island Yacht Club, the L'Hirondelle Club and the Junior League of Baltimore,

Services will be private. A reception will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. today in the Margaret Bright Social Room at Roland Park Place, 830 W. 40th St.

She is survived by two sons, James R. Edmunds IV of Baldwin and Charles K. Edmunds of Reisterstown; two daughters, Anne E. Croker of Baltimore and Katherine E. Gallagher of Easton; two brothers, Richard P. Thomsen of Falls Church, Va. and Samuel Locke Thomsen Jr. of Baltimore; a sister, Anne T. Abbott of Hawkins, Texas; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Pub Date: 3/20/97

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