Sister Mary, 74, longtime hospital nurseSister Mary...

September 29, 1997

Sister Mary, 74, longtime hospital nurse

Sister Mary Pilkington, R.S.M., who had been in nursing for 41 years, died of respiratory failure Wednesday at St. Joseph Medical Center. She was 74.

She had lived at The Villa, the Sisters of Mercy retirement center in Rodgers Forge after she retired from University of Maryland Hospital in 1988, where she had worked for 13 years.

She also had been a supervisor at Maryland General Hospital and a nurse at Washington Hospital Center and hospitals in Atlanta, Savannah, Ga., and Daphne, Ala.

Mary Pilkington was a native of Mobile, Ala., and entered the Sisters of Mercy after graduating from high school in 1941. She professed her final vows in 1947.

She earned a bachelor's degree at Mount St. Agnes College and a nursing degree at the Mercy Hospital School of Nursing in 1948, and worked at the hospital in the late 1960s.

In 1967, she earned a bachelor's degree in nursing from St. Louis University and a master's degree in nursing from the Catholic University of America in 1973.

A Mass of Christian burial was offered Friday.

She had no immediate survivors.

Earl L. Edwards, 85, attorney, expert on POWs

Earl L. Edwards, a retired Army colonel, attorney and expert on prisoners of war, died of a heart arrhythmia Sept. 21 at Overlea Nursing Home. The Davidsonville resident was 85.

Colonel Edwards, who retired in 1967, had a general law practice until the outbreak of World War II, when he was commissioned.

During the war, he was operations director of the Prisoners of War Division, which arranged prisoner exchanges.

In 1949, he wrote the International Prisoner of War Treaty that extended to members of resistance movements the protection and rights accorded to regular prisoners of war.

During the Korean War, he was chief of operations for the United Nations Armistice Commission and negotiated prisoner of war exchanges with North Korea.

C His decorations included the Bronze Star and the Legion of Merit.

The Washington native graduated from the University of Maryland in 1934. He earned a law degree in 1936 and doctorate in jurisprudence in 1937, both from George Washington University School of Law.

He was a Phi Delta Theta Golden Legionnaire and a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police.

His first marriage, to Martha Cannon, ended in divorce.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the chapel at Fort Myer, Va.

He is survived by his wife of 26 years, the former Edna Marie Nelson; a son, Dr. Charles C. Edwards of Guilford; a daughter, Martha Robbins of East Lansing, Mich.; and nine grandchildren. Curtis Guy Morsberger, a 30-year Baltimore County police veteran, died Saturday of burn injuries he suffered after a gas pump exploded while he was at a Linthicum service station. He was 49.

Mr. Morsberger lived in Finksburg and had been a Baltimore County patrolman first class in the Woodlawn area.

The son of Elizabeth Marie Williams Morsberger and the late Christian Walter Morsberger, he began his career with county police shortly after graduating from Lansdowne High School in 1966.

One of his two sons, Scott D. Morsberger, recalled his father as a thoughtful man who was well known to neighbors for his willingness to help them. He often mowed a sick friend's lawn and enjoyed sharing his garden-grown squash and tomatoes with his neighbors.

"He was a friend to everybody. We have neighbors on all sides who he helped out," Scott Morsberger said.

Mr. Morsberger was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 4.

He is survived by his wife of 24 years, Anita Morsberger; another son, Craig Kenneth Morsberger; and a daughter, Lori Ann Morsberger, all of Finksburg; a sister, Arlene May Courtney of Linthicum; and four brothers, Chris Cordial Morsberger of Marriottsville, Clifton Walter Morsberger of Lansdowne, Ronald Neal Morsberger of Laurel and Steven Kenneth Dyke of Westminster.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Pritts Funeral Home and Chapel, 412 Washington Road, Westminster.

Pub Date: 9/29/97

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