Martin D. Munger, 84, Montgomery Ward executiveMartin D...

March 22, 1997

Martin D. Munger, 84, Montgomery Ward executive

Martin D. Munger, a retired vice president and director of Montgomery Ward & Co., died of cancer Sunday at his Lutherville residence. He was 84.

He began his career with the Chicago-based retailer as a sales clerk in Batavia, N.Y., in 1934. He later worked in Chicago and Denver before he was named eastern region vice president in 1964 and moved to Baltimore. He retired in 1977.

Mr. Munger served on the boards of Baltimore Gas and Electric Co., Noxell Corp., Goucher College and Republic Van Lines.

He had been state chairman of the American Cancer Society and was a member of the Community Chest-Red Cross United Appeal.

Mr. Munger was born in Byron, N.Y., and attended the University of Michigan before going to work for Montgomery Ward.

He was an avid hunter and golfer and was a former president of Baltimore Country Club. He also was a member of the John's Island Club in Vero Beach, Fla., where he had a winter home.

He was a member of Second Presbyterian Church, 4200 St. Paul St., where a memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. today.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, the former Catherine Page; a brother, John Munger of Huntsville, Ala.; a nephew; and two nieces.

Viola Clarke Rushing, a longtime Howard County resident who was a homemaker and an active church member died March 15 of pneumonia at Howard County General Hospital. She was 87.

A native of Pittsburgh, Mrs. Rushing moved to the Allview Estates community near Columbia in 1964. She was active for many years at Christ Memorial Presbyterian Church.

Mrs. Rushing graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 1932 and married Frank Rushing in 1934.

She was an accomplished organist and often was a substitute organist at Christ Memorial. Mrs. Rushing was a member of the Association of Presbyterian Women and worked in the county's Christian Women's Thrift Shop.

A memorial service is scheduled for 1: 30 p.m. today at Christ Memorial Presbyterian Church, 6410 Amherst Ave. in Columbia.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by two sons, James Crofford Rushing of State College, Pa., and Vernon Clarke Rushing of Catonsville; a daughter, Mary Jane Rushing Cooper of Dallas; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Kathryn Finley, 63, antiques collector

Kathryn Finley, an antiques collector and former Ruxton resident, died of cancer Mar. 13 in Leesburg, Fla., where she had lived since 1994. She was 63.

She moved to Ruxton from Chicago in 1960 and was a volunteer with several organizations, including the League of Women Voters.

She moved to Lookout Mountain, Tenn., in 1986.

In 1953, she married William B. Thompson. They were divorced in the mid-1970s.

A memorial service will be held today in Leesburg.

She is survived by two sons, Robert Blair Thompson and William Gist Finley Thompson, both of Leesburg; three daughters, Karyn Finley Thompson of Orlando, Fla., Grace Elizabeth Goldberg of Kennebunk, Maine and Mary Thompson Pitton of Zephyrhills, Fla.; and five grandchildren.

Marie O. Witold, 93, helped Polish immigrants

Marie O. Witold, a homemaker who was devoted to helping Polish immigrants, died Sunday of heart failure at her Anneslie home. She was 93.

She was born Marie Obrycki during the Great Baltimore Fire of Feb. 7, 1904, above the Shakespeare Street bakery owned by her parents, Polish immigrants who settled in Baltimore in the 1890s.

As a child during World War I, she stood on the corner of Broadway and Eastern Avenue collecting money for Polish relief.

She spent the next 80 years of her life helping the Polish community in Baltimore. She taught newly arrived Polish immigrants English and how to find their way about the city. She devoted endless hours to the Polish National Alliance and the Polish Heritage Association of Maryland.

In 1922, she married Katejan Witold, a Polish immigrant, who died in 1976. Their daughter, Lenore Konkowski, died in 1990.

Graveside services were held Wednesday at Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens in Timonium.

She is survived by three grandsons, John C. Konkowski of Anneslie, Greg W. Konkowski of Long Branch, N.J., and Grant A. Konkowski of New York City; a brother, Edward Obrycki of Palm Beach, Fla.; and a sister, Celeste Kutz of Gibson Island.

Caleb E. Queen, 86, Social Security worker

Caleb E. Queen, a longtime employee of the Social Security Administration, died March 15 of heart failure at his Northwest Baltimore home. He was 86.

A native of Washington, Mr. Queen moved to Baltimore in 1930. He married Eleanor Whiten in 1931. She died in 1989.

Mr. Queen began work as a claims examiner at the downtown offices of the SSA in 1938. He served in the Army Air Force from 1944 to 1945. He retired from SSA in 1969.

Services were held yesterday at Epworth United Methodist Chapel in Woodlawn.

He is survived by two daughters, Kay Queen Hughes and Joan Queen Davis, both of Baltimore; a sister, Ida Queen Norman of Brandy-wine; five grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Pub Date: 3/22/97

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