Doris Dickinson, 75, garden club member Doris...

July 04, 1999

Doris Dickinson, 75, garden club member

Doris Dickinson died Wednesday at her Charlesbrook home. She was 75.

Born in Cortland, N.Y., she was a graduate of Cortland High School and Hollins College in Roanoke, Va.

In 1945, the former Doris Keller married Edward H. Dickinson, a builder. The marriage ended in divorce.

She moved to Baltimore in 1945 and lived in Homeland and the Murray Hill section of Baltimore County, where she was a member of the Murray Hill Garden Club. In 1959, she was named "den mother of the year" by Boy Scout Troop 35 at the Church of the Redeemer.

Funeral services were held yesterday at Second Presbyterian Church in Guilford, where she was a member.

She is survived by her sons, Edward K. Dickinson of Stewartstown, Pa., and G. Thomas Dickinson of Shrewsbury, Pa.; a daughter, Lee Paul of Olney; and 12 grandchildren.

Dorothy P. Schaffner, 77, nurse, hospital volunteer

Dorothy Porter Schaffner, a homemaker and longtime St. Joseph Medical Center volunteer, died Thursday of cancer at the Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care. She was 77 and lived in Timonium.

Mrs. Schaffner volunteered in the department of social work at St. Joseph Medical Center in Towson from 1964 until 1984.

She also had been president of the Maryvale Mother's Club.

During the 1940s, Mrs. Schaffner, a registered nurse, worked as a private duty nurse at the former Hospital for the Women of Maryland on Bolton Hill, now part of the Greater Baltimore Medical Center.

The former Dorothy Porter was born and raised on Garrett Avenue and graduated from Eastern High School in 1939. She earned her nursing degree from the Hospital for the Women of Maryland.

She was an active communicant of the Roman Catholic Church of the Nativity in Timonium, where she founded an adult ecumenical education group and served as a pastoral minister to senior citizens.

Mrs. Schaffner enjoyed spending her summers at the Commander Hotel in Ocean City. She also liked to knit, play bridge and entertain her family.

A Mass of Resurrection was offered yesterday at the Roman Catholic Church of the Nativity.

She is survived by her husband of 56 years, Joseph G. Schaffner Sr.; a son, Joseph G. Schaffner Jr. of Vienna, Va.; a daughter, Judith Ulrich of Glen Arm; a sister, Joan Ilgenfritz of Hydes; five grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

Irvin Henry Kissinger, 88, plumbing company founder

Irvin Henry Kissinger, a World War II veteran who owned and operated a Glen Arm plumbing company, died Monday from complications of pneumonia at Fallston General Hospital. He was 88 and a Bel Air resident.

A master plumber, Mr. Kissinger established the Irvin H. Kissinger Plumbing and Heating Co. Inc. in 1947 and operated the business until 1972, when he retired.

Born and reared in Williamstown, Pa., he was a graduate of Pottsville, Pa., public schools.

He also worked in the coal mines as a teen-ager, until leaving and enlisting in the Navy in 1929.

During World War II, he attained the rank of chief warrant officer and was in charge of a floating dry dock in Kwajalein, the Marshall Islands. He was discharged in 1947.

He was a Master Mason of the Esoraelon Lodge No. 176 in Cardiff, 32nd degree Scottish Rite, a member of the Boumi Temple and National Sojourner's Lodge No. 221 in Aberdeen.

He was an avid vegetable gardener.

A Quaker, he was a member of the Little Falls Meeting House, where a memorial service was held Friday.

He is survived by the former Laura Allan Preston, whom he married in 1942; a son, William Irvin Kissinger of Monkton; a daughter, Lois Kissinger Kelly of Fallston and three grandchildren.

Memorial donations may be made to Habitat for Humanity International, P.O. Box 6439, Americus, Ga. 31709-6439.

Pub Date: 7/04/99

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