Sister Mary Patricia Ford, 86, taught reading, mathSister...

March 15, 1998

Sister Mary Patricia Ford, 86, taught reading, math

Sister Mary Patricia Ford, a former parochial school teacher who enjoyed gardening, died Monday of heart failure at the motherhouse of the Oblate Sisters of Providence in Catonsville. She was 86.

Sister Mary Patricia taught reading and math at the Mount Providence Reading Center at the motherhouse from the late 1960s until her retirement in 1990.

She began her elementary school career in the late 1920s at St. Barnabas school in Baltimore. She later joined the faculty of St. Frances Academy before she was assigned in the 1930s to the Holy Epiphany Orphanage in Kansas.

After teaching assignments in Washington, Detroit and Chicago, Sister Mary Patricia returned to Baltimore in the late 1950s. For some years, she also taught the Catholic faith at St. Gregory the Great Roman Catholic Church on North Gilmor Street to people seeking to convert.

During the 1960s, she taught adult reading at a Job Corps camp near Hazelton, Pa.

Born Elise Ford in Brunswick, Ga., she graduated from high school in Augusta, Ga. She entered the Oblate Sisters of Providence in 1927 and took her vows in 1929.

She earned her bachelor's degree in elementary education and mathematics from St. Mary College in Xavier, Kan., and did graduate work at the University of Detroit.

An avid gardener, Sister Mary Patricia was known for her extensive gardening efforts at the motherhouse.

"The perennials she planted still bloom, meaning that she is still with us," said Sister Alexis Fisher, the order's assistant superior general.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 6: 30 p.m. today at Our Lady of Mount Providence Convent Chapel on Gun Road in Catonsville.

James R. Fowler, 65, tow-truck driver, dispatcher

James Randolph Fowler, a retired tow-truck driver and dispatcher from Severn, died Thursday of respiratory failure at North Arundel Hospital. He was 65.

Mr. Fowler worked as a driver, then as a dispatcher for A&A Towing in Forestville, until he retired eight years ago. He was a NASCAR fan and enjoyed riding roller coasters.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 9: 30 a.m. Tuesday at Holy Trinity Church in Glen Burnie.

Mr. Fowler's marriage ended in divorce.

He is survived by four daughters, Linda Lagana of North Beach, Tina Smith of Dickerson, Dawn Cruise of Jessup and Tammy Winters of Arbutus; a son, James Randolph Fowler Jr. of Hanover; two sisters, Ellen Astlin and Eileen Wilusz, both of Bowie; and eleven grandchildren.

William K. Jenkins, 81, C&P Telephone Co. foreman

William Kennedy Jenkins, a retired foreman for the Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Co., died of a heart attack Tuesday at his winter home in Ocala, Fla. He was 81.

A Baltimore native who lived for the past 25 years in Forest Hill, Mr. Jenkins retired in 1978 after more than 35 years with the phone company. He began as a lineman after graduating from the Baltimore Polytechnic Institute and then worked in the metropolitan area as a cable foreman.

His career was interrupted by service in the Navy from 1942 to 1945 during World War II, when he was a chief petty officer serving in the Philippines. He was in the Marine Corps Reserves for two years after his discharge.

Mr. Jenkins was a lifetime member of the Telephone Pioneers of Maryland, a past president of the Foreman's Club, a past commander of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 742 in Bel Air, a historian for the American Legion's Motfaucon Post and a member of the Masons' Corinthian Lodge. He also enjoyed playing golf.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. tomorrow at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 12022 Jerusalem Road in Kingsville.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, the former Anna Chesshire; a son, William K. Jenkins of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; two daughters, Kay Kastner of Lutherville and Terri Ann Bowman of Abingdon; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Anthony J. Savino, 56, owned construction firm

Anthony Joseph Savino, a New York-born computer programmer who owned a local construction company and beauty salons after moving to Maryland, died of a heart attack Friday at Northwest Hospital Center. The Randallstown resident was 56.

Born in Coney Island, he earned a degree in computer science at New York University, then worked for several years organizing and programming for Doubleday Books. He was married in 1978 to the former Anita Maria DiJulio.

After working in construction with his brother-in-law's company, F. C. Julio Bros., Mr. Savino opened his own construction firm, A&A Associates. He closed the business about a year ago.

In 1984, he opened the first DiJulios Salon of Beauty in Randallstown and a second in Pikesville in 1989. The salons closed in the early 1990s.

A fourth-degree member of the Knights of Columbus Council 7612, he was made an honorary member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars for his many hours of service to the organization. He also enjoyed riding horses and motorcycles and playing tennis.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 9 a.m. tomorrow at Holy Family Roman Catholic Church, 9531 Liberty Road in Randallstown.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Mia-Maria Savino of Randallstown; two sisters, Antoinette Bonadonna and Catherine Mancino of Long Island; and two brothers, Michael Savino of Long Island and Frank Savino of Miami.

The family suggested memorial contributions to the American Heart Association.

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