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September 30, 1997

Mollie Golaner, 79, actress and chief court clerk

Mollie Golaner, who became an actress in Hollywood after she retired as chief clerk of the old People's Court of Baltimore City, died of heart failure yesterday at Pikesville Nursing and Convalescent Center. She was 79 and a former Forest Park resident.

Mrs. Golaner was clerk of the People's Court at Fayette and Gay streets from 1945 until 1971, when it was merged into the District Court of Maryland.

Always interested in the theater, Mrs. Golaner had performed in shows at the Jewish Community Center and worked backstage at Center Stage. When she was 60, she decided to move to Hollywood to become an actress.

"It was something she always wanted to do and after retiring she ran away to Hollywood," said her daughter, Susan Gold of Columbia.

Mrs. Golaner, whose calling card read "From Bags to Riches," quickly honed her talents and found steady work as a bag lady and other character roles in soap operas, movies and commercials. She worked continually for 15 years and returned to Baltimore after the 1994 California earthquake.

The former Mollie Feldman was born and raised in Woodbine, N.J., where she graduated from high school. She moved to Baltimore in 1936 and worked as a waitress at the famed Nate's and Leon's North Avenue delicatessen until she married Sydney Golaner in 1939. He died in 1974.

Mrs. Golaner bought, renovated and sold homes in Bolton Hill during the 1960s, and enjoyed duplicate bridge and traveling.

Services are set for 2 p.m. todayat Sol Levinson & Bros. Inc., 8900 Reisterstown Road, Pikesville.

Other survivors include a son, Stephen Golaner of Pikesville; two sisters, Evelyn Wilkenson of Roslyn, N.Y., and Beatrice Goldszer of Pittsburgh; and four grandchildren. Virginia Laws Johnson, a former longtime employee of the old Continental Can Co., died of heart failure Thursday at Maryland General Hospital. The West Baltimore resident was 72.

Mrs. Johnson worked as a machinist and forklift operator at Continental in Southeast Baltimore from 1943 until the 1980s.

A native of Towson, the former Virginia Laws graduated from the old Carver High School in Towson in 1940. In 1955, she married Samuel Edward Johnson.

Mrs. Johnson enjoyed cooking, knitting and traveling and was a member of Christian Life Church, 6605 Liberty Road, where services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday.

Survivors include her husband; a daughter, Delcie Johnson-Whitaker of Baltimore; and five grandchildren.

Mary Catherine Jackson, 67, hospital worker

Mary Catherine Jackson, a retired hospital worker, died of a heart attack Saturday at the geriatric unit at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. She was 67.

Mrs. Jackson worked as a direct care aide in a psychiatric unit at Spring Grove Hospital Center in Catonsville from 1967 until she retired in 1994. A native of the Granite section of Baltimore County, the former Mary Simpson married John Paul Jackson in 1948. The couple moved to Northeast Baltimore in the early 1970s.

Mrs. Jackson enjoyed playing bingo and listening to gospel music.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Bernardine Roman Catholic Church, 3812 Edmondson Ave.

Survivors include her husband; two daughters, Mary M. Moore and Joan P. Moore, both of Baltimore; a brother, Wilson Simpson of San Diego; four sisters, Carol Hoard of Baltimore, Josephine Tyler of Catonsville and Mildred Hairston and Claudine Randall, both of Randallstown; six grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Margaret Mary Glock, 71, financial manager at bank

Margaret Mary Glock, a Baltimore native and longtime bank official, died Friday of cerebral hemorrhaging at her home in Naples, Fla., where she had lived for the past seven years. She was 71.

She was a homemaker until she joined Citicorp bank as a financial manager in Baltimore in 1962. Mrs. Glock, who enjoyed playing cards, retired in 1987.

The former Margaret Lannon graduated from the Institute of Notre Dame Preparatory School in 1944 and married Wilmer F. Glock the next year.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Friday at the Roman Catholic Church of The Resurrection, Paulskirk Drive and Chatham Road in Ellicott City.

Survivors include her husband; five sons, Wilmer F. Glock Jr. of Schenectady, N.Y., Lawrence J. Glock of Orlando, Fla., Richard E. Glock of Glen Burnie, James J. Glock of Ellicott City and Frederick H. Glock of Tampa, Fla.; and five grandchildren.

Pub Date: 9/30/97

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