Roland Navidad Caasi, 74, Baltimore City plannerRoland...

July 10, 1999

Roland Navidad Caasi, 74, Baltimore City planner

Roland Navidad Caasi, a retired Baltimore planner, died at home Tuesday of complications from diabetes and Parkinson's disease. He was 74 and lived in Towson.

He joined the city's Department of Housing and Community Development as a planner in 1969, the year he moved to Baltimore. He retired in 1987.

Born in Lingayen in Pangasinan province, Philippines, he was a 1952 graduate of the University of the Philippines and earned a degree in agriculture. He received a master's degree in planning from Virginia Polytechnic Institute in 1968.

During World War II, he served with the 51st infantry, a Filipino unit attached to the 6th U.S. Ranger Battalion under the command of Gen. Douglas MacArthur. He married Priscilla Flores Iledan in 1955.

Mr. Caasi was an avid ballroom dancer and chess player who also enjoyed writing, gardening, and travel. He worshiped at Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church in Towson, 8501 Loch Raven Blvd.

A funeral Mass will be offered at the church at 10 a.m. today. .

In addition to his wife, Mr. Caasi is survived by three sons, Roland Paul Caasi of Dover, Del., Charlemagne Caasi of Jacksonville, N.C., and Licerio Santiago Caasi of Plymouth, Minn.; seven daughters, Nell Aurora Kober and Maria Rhodora Johnson of Pasadena, Annabella Paige of Atlanta, Gillian Hecker of Pickerington, Ohio, Cynthia Morgan of Baltimore, Rowena Eppers of Wrightsville, Pa., and Theresa Caasi of Towson; and 16 grandchildren.

Margie Lee Bennett, 58, elementary school teacher

Margie Lee Bennett, a teacher in the Baltimore public school system, died Monday of cancer at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care. She was 58 and lived in Northwood.

Born in Baltimore, the former Margie Lee Johnson was a graduate of Dunbar High School and Coppin State College. She was a member of Israel Baptist Church of Baltimore City at 1220 N. Chester St.

In the 1960s, she joined the faculty of Fort Worthington Elementary School in East Baltimore. She mentored several generations of teachers, attaining the title of master teacher.

Services were held yesterday at Nutter Funeral Home.

She is survived by her husband, William Lavander Bennett Sr., whom she married in 1956; two sons, William Lavander Bennett Jr. and Gary Bennett, both of Baltimore; two daughters, Renee Bennett and Kim Bennett, both of Parkville; a sister, Lena Brinkley of Baltimore; nine grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

Eleanor D. Moritz, 86, teacher, churchwoman

Eleanor D. Moritz, a retired teacher and active churchwoman, died Sunday of lung cancer at Charlestown Retirement Community in Catonsville. She was 86.

The former Pikesville resident taught science for 16 years at Sudbrook Junior High School and retired in 1974. Earlier, she taught at Seton High School and Garrison Junior High School.

She was a lector at Our Lady of the Angels Chapel at Charlestown and a volunteer in the education program at the Roman Catholic Shrine of the Sacred Heart in Mount Washington. She also assisted in the religious education department at the Catholic Center in Baltimore.

The former Eleanor Dougherty, who was born and raised on Maryland Avenue, earned a bachelor's degree from St. Joseph College in Emmitsburg in 1935.

A Mass of Christian burial was offered yesterday.

She is survived by her husband, Francis X. Moritz, whom she married in 1941; three sons, Francis P. Moritz of Littleton, Colo., Edward P. Moritz of Ann Arbor, Mich., and James R. Moritz of Ridgewood, N.J.; a daughter, Margaret A. Bradshaw of Andover, Mass.; a brother, Edward J. Dougherty of Baltimore; and eight grandchildren.

Catherine C. Augustus, 75, homemaker, needleworker

Catherine C. Augustus, a homemaker who enjoyed making crafts, died Monday of heart failure at Alice Manor Nursing Home and Day Care Center. The Woodlawn resident was 75.

She was an accomplished needleworker who also made latch-hook rugs and ceramics.

Born and reared in West Baltimore, the former Catherine C. Adams attended Douglass High School. She worked at Edgewood Arsenal during World War II and as a domestic before her marriage to Melvin Augustus in 1944. He died in 1959.

Mrs. Augustus was a member of the Waxter Center for Senior Citizens.

Services were held yesterday at the Church of God, where Mrs. Augustus was a member and sang in the choir.

She is survived by a son, Daniel Haywood III; three daughters, Barbara A. Dugger, Deborah J. Better and Portia P. Owens; two sisters, Luddie Brown and Ruth E. Thornton, all of Baltimore; nine grandchildren; and two great-grandsons.

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