Evangelos Orfanos, 70, founded contracting firmEvangelos...

April 12, 1999

Evangelos Orfanos, 70, founded contracting firm

Evangelos Michael "Van" Orfanos, who emigrated from Greece to build a successful contracting and bridge painting business, died Saturday of unknown causes at his home in the Nottingham Village neighborhood near White Marsh. He was 70.

Mr. Orfanos was founder of Orfanos Contractors Inc. in Baltimore, a general contractor that worked on the Bay Bridge and the Key Bridge, among other projects.

Mr. Orfanos was born on the island of Chios, Greece, and at a young age joined his father's commercial fishing business.

He later joined the Greek merchant fleet, sailing around the world before moving to Baltimore.

He entered the U.S. Army during World War II and was honorably discharged after serving in Europe. Upon returning to Baltimore, he became a U.S. citizen and founded his company.

Mr. Orfanos was an active member of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in Baltimore and in the Philoptochos Society.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. Nicholas, 520 S. Ponca St.

Mr. Orfanos is survived by his wife, the former Mary Lambrow, whom he married in 1957; a brother, Timothy Orfanos, and sister, Maria Spiradakis, both of Chios, Greece; a sister, Eugenia Basilias of Greece; two sons, Anthony Orfanos of Nottingham Village and Michael Orfanos of Baltimore; and two grandchildren.

Sudie Day Cooper, 86, homemaker, churchwoman

Sudie Day Cooper, a homemaker and active churchwoman, died Friday of Alzheimer's disease at Sinai Hospital. She was 86 and lived in Baltimore.

The native of Anderson, S.C., married Roosevelt Cooper Sr., a childhood friend, when she was 16. In 1941, the couple moved to Baltimore, where Mrs. Cooper joined Douglas Memorial Community Church.

At Douglas, she was active in the Golden Leaf Circle, which organized social events for which she often cooked; the Floral Circle, which tended the church's garden and made sure flowers were available for events; and We Are Not Alone (WANA), a fund-raising group that put together the annual Camp Farthest Out for underprivileged children.

In 1988, Douglas honored the Coopers for their involvement.

Services will be held at noon tomorrow at Douglas Memorial Community Church, Lafayette and Madison avenues.

Mr. Cooper died in 1994.

Mrs. Cooper is survived by a daughter, Alice Cooper-Lee of Bal- timore; three sons, Charles William Cooper of Pikesville, Roosevelt Cooper Jr. of Milford Mill and Elvard Cooper of Baltimore; a sister, Henrietta Whitener of New Rochelle, N.Y.; 20 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

Edward Fitzgibbons, 85, salesman, Navy auditor

Edward F. I. Fitzgibbons, a retired salesman and former Severn resident, died Thursday of complications from diabetes at Doylestown Hospital in Pennsylvania. He was 85 and had moved to Doylestown in 1998 to live with a son.

He joined Bell & Howell Co. as a salesman in Washington in 1961 and retired in 1977. Before then, he sold business machines for Remington Rand Co. in Baltimore and was a Navy auditor in Philadelphia.

The Philadelphia native, who received an accounting certificate from Temple University in 1935, moved to Glen Burnie in 1952 and to Severn in 1956.

Mr. Fitzgibbons was a member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Roman Catholic Church, 235 E. State St., Doylestown, where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 11 a.m. tomorrow.

A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 7: 30 p.m. April 23 at Holy Trinity Church, 120 Dorsey Road, Glen Burnie.

He is survived by his wife, the former Virginia Beach, whom he married in 1942; four sons, Geoffrey T. Fitzgibbons of Doylestown, Michael P. Fitzgibbons of Crofton, Gerard A. Fitzgibbons of Severna Park and Patrick C. Fitzgibbons of Parkville; and seven grandchildren.

Katharine R. Everngam, 88, Girl Scout volunteer

Katharine R. Everngam, a former Girl Scout volunteer on the Eastern Shore, died of heart failure Thursday at the Denton home of her daughter. She was 88.

The former Katharine Reinhart was born in Shepherdstown, W.Va. After graduating from Marshall University in Huntington, W.Va., she moved to Washington, where she worked for the federal government and met K. Thomas Everngam. They married in 1934.

Soon after their wedding, the couple moved to Baltimore, and then to Denton in 1943.

Mrs. Everngam was active in Girl Scouts from 1949 to 1965. She organized the Peninsula Girl Scout Council and served from 1952 to 1954. She also founded the Caroline County Youth Commission, was a charter member of the Caroline Country Club and a member of the Denton Women's Club.

She was a member of St. Luke's United Methodist Church, Fifth and Franklin streets, Denton, where services were set for 2 p.m. today.

Mr. Everngam, who had been a Caroline County Circuit Court judge, died in 1991. A daughter, Mary Katharine Rueger, died in 1982.

She is survived by a son, K. Thomas Everngam Jr. of Easton; a daughter, Sarah E. Croll of Denton; eight grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Isabelle Baker, 78, storage company packer

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