Sylvia J. Wesson, 51, teacher, case managerSylvia J...

July 23, 1998

Sylvia J. Wesson, 51, teacher, case manager

Sylvia J. Wesson, a former teacher and case manager for a services agency, died of heart failure Friday at Good Samaritan Hospital. She was 51 and lived in Northeast Baltimore.

Mrs. Wesson was a case manager for Progressive Horizons, which serves physically challenged clients, from 1992 to 1994, when she retired for medical reasons. Earlier, she had taught in city elementary schools for 10 years.

The former Sylvia J. Goines, who was born in Baltimore and reared in Greenville, N.C., earned a bachelor's degree from Morgan State University in 1973.

A deeply religious woman, she was an active communicant of St. Ann Roman Catholic Church, Greenmount Avenue and 22nd Street, where she had been church secretary and director of the youth ministry program, and homeless shelter and outreach program.

Mrs. Wesson, an alto, sang and played piano.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. today at St. Ann Church.

She is survived by her husband, Cottrell A. Wesson, whom she married in 1969; a son, Stephen A. Wesson of Baltimore; a daughter, Kimberly Wesson of Oxford, N.C.; her mother, Mayme Ruth Goines of Baltimore; two sisters, Gwendolyn Neale of Baltimore and Vestra Ash of Oceanside, Calif.; and god-daughter, Patricia Wheeler of Baltimore. John G. Preis Sr., a public school teacher in Baltimore for 43 years, died Tuesday at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center after a fall at his Towson residence. He was 87.

Mr. Preis began teaching industrial arts in 1930 and was for many years a faculty member at Hamilton Junior High School. He retired in 1973.

He also operated a home improvement business weekends and during the summer, doing carpentry and painting.

The East Baltimore native earned a teaching certificate from Towson State Normal School in 1930.

He enjoyed woodworking and raising flowers and vegetables.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 11: 30 a.m. tomorrowat Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church, Baltimore and Ware avenues, Towson, where he was a communicant for 54 years.

A son, Mark J. Preis, was killed in Vietnam in 1969 while serving in the Army.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, the former Helen Morningstar; three sons, John G. Preis Jr. of Annapolis, William A. Preis and Laurence M. Preis, both of Baltimore; seven daughters, Margaret M. Dausch of Rockville, Julie Preis of Philadelphia, Dorothea A. Preis of Charlottesville, Va., Justine Preis of Baldwin, Gretchen Preis of Lakeside, Ore., Colette Preis of Annapolis and Janet Preis of Baltimore; a brother, Dr. Kyrle W. Preis of Kingsville; 17 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Pub Date: 7/23/98

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