Elsie Hartzell Rau, 73, longtime director of music at...

September 06, 1998

Elsie Hartzell Rau, 73, longtime director of music at church

Elsie Hartzell Rau, music director for 48 years at Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church, died of a stroke Aug. 28 at Howard County General Hospital. The Ellicott City resident was 73.

Mrs. Rau began her association with the Catonsville church in 1947 and retired in 1995.

An organist and choir director, she often accompanied choirs at Brown Memorial Presbyterian Church and Christ Lutheran Church.

In addition to directing Salem's senior choir, she directed youth, children's and bell choirs.

In 1974, she directed a children's choir assembled from numerous Lutheran churches that sang at the National Lutheran Convention in Baltimore.

Her interest in music began when she was a child growing up in Silver Spring.

She was a graduate of Montgomery-Blair High School and earned a bachelor's degree from the Peabody Conservatory of Music in 1949.

A memorial service was held Thursday at the Salem church.

She is survived by her husband, Lowell Rau; two sons, David Rau and Paul Rau, both of Baltimore; a daughter, Linda Burns of Fredericksburg, Va.; a sister, LaBerta Dickinson of Dubuque, Iowa; a brother, the Rev. Raymond Hart-zell of Carlsbad, Calif.; and 10 grandchildren.

Maureen Z. Butler, a scientist with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, died of cardiac failure and complications from diabetes Aug. 27 at Washington Adventist Hospital in Takoma Park. She was 59.

The Olney resident had worked eight years for the FDA, where she reviewed applications for approval of medical devices.

She began her career in 1960 as a research physicist at the Bureau of Standards and was later a radiation physicist with the Army at Fort Belvoir.

The former Maureen Zagronic earned a bachelor's degree in physics in 1960 from Trinity College in Washington and a master's degree in guidance and counseling in 1977 from the University of Oklahoma.

She was completing requirements for a master's in mathematics at the Johns Hopkins University.

Mrs. Butler was interested in amateur theatricals and was a volunteer for the Army Community Services organization.

She was a communicant of St. Francis of Assisi Roman Catholic BTC Church in Derwood, Montgomery County, where a Mass of Christian burial was offered Monday.

She is survived by her husband of 31 years, Alan Butler; a son, Brendan M. Butler; and a daughter, Tracey Anne Butler. All are of Olney.

Queenie Barbour, 46, mother and homemaker

Queenie Barbour, an East Baltimore homemaker, died of cancer Monday at Union Memorial Hospital. She was 46.

Born in Baltimore, the former Queenie Taylor married Daniel Barbour in 1969 and lived in Paterson, N.J., for many years.

After Mr. Barbour died in 1988, she returned to Baltimore.

Services were held Thursday.

She is survived by a son, Kenneth Barbour of Paterson; a daughter, Juanique Barbour of Baltimore; a brother, Harry Taylor of Paterson; a sister, Jacqueline Taylor of Baltimore; and two grandchildren.

Pub Date: 9/06/98

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