Margaret G. Majors, 85, active in community...

August 28, 1999

Margaret G. Majors, 85, active in community affairs

Margaret G. Majors, a lifelong Highlandtown resident who was active in community affairs, died Aug. 21 of pneumonia at a nursing home in Acton, Mass. She was 85.

Mrs. Majors, who moved to the nursing home last year, had helped to establish and served on the advisory board of the Albert Witzke Medical Center on Bank Street. She also had been president of the Southeast Senior Citizens Coalition, which was affiliated with the Southeast Community Organization.

For more than 10 years, she had volunteered at the Highlandtown-Canton mayor's station on Bank Street, where she assisted families with neighborhood programs established by former Baltimore mayors William Donald Schaefer and Clarence H. Du Burns.

She also assisted in the planning and establishment of the Canton Harbor Healthcare Center.

The former Margaret Goeb was born and raised in Highlandtown. One of 12 children of German immigrants, she attended Sacred Heart of Jesus parochial school until the eighth grade, when she left to help support her family.

She was married in 1940 to Leo A. Majors Sr., an electrician, who died in 1981. She enjoyed arts and crafts and restoring antique furniture.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. today at Our Lady of Fatima Roman Catholic Church, 6400 E. Pratt St., in East Baltimore.

She is survived by three sons, Leo A. Majors Jr. of Muskogee, Okla., Mike Majors of Acton, Calif., and Paul Majors of Mission Viejo, Calif.; four sisters, Rita Derencz of Highlandtown, Anna Slifker and Gertrude Dean, both of Essex, and Dorothy Kerns of Baltimore; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Gordon G. Laricci Sr., 66, Baltimore firefighter

Gordon G. Laricci Sr., a retired firefighter known as "Rick," died of cardiac arrest Sunday at Carroll County General Hospital. He was 66.

A Baltimore firefighter for 25 years, Mr. Laricci was stationed with Truck No. 5 on Guilford Avenue and retired in 1982.

A member of the American Legion Dewey Lowman Post No. 109 in Arbutus and Moose Lodge No. 2473 in Glen Burnie, the southwest Baltimore native had lived in Mount Airy for 20 years.

From 1951 to 1954, he was a corporal in the Marine Corps. His wife of 39 years, the former Dorothy Regina Helwig, died in 1992.

Services were held Thursday at St. Joseph's Catholic Community in Eldersburg.

He is survived by a son, Gordon G. Laricci Jr. of Sykesville; a daughter, Janice A. Boyer of Mount Airy; five brothers, Joseph Laricci of Baltimore, Robert L. Laricci of Miami, Anthony Laricci of Abingdon, Louis V. Laricci of Churchville and Vincent L. Ciambruschini of Palm Beach, Fla.; four sisters, Victory Francioni of Napa, Calif.; Charlotte Ciambruschini of Baltimore, Juliet Mully of Perry Hall and Joan Fitzgerald of New Windsor; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Donations may be made to the American Heart Association.

Edith J. Harrington, 92, established grocery store

Edith Josephine Harrington, co-founder of a grocery store now known as Graul's, died Thursday of heart failure at her Towson home. She was 92.

The longtime Ruxton resident had lived at the Hampshire Woods Condominiums since the late 1970s.

Born Edith Josephine McCourt in Roland Park, Mrs. Harrington was a graduate of Western High School and earned her teaching degree from Towson State Normal School.

She taught school at Montebello Elementary School until her marriage in 1931 to Charles D. Harrington, whose family owned Harrington's Market in Riderwood. Mr. Harrington died in 1982.

The couple established Harrington's grocery, bakery and package goods store on Bellona Avenue in Ruxton in 1931 and lived above the store until 1953, when they moved to Ruxton Road.

"We used to run downstairs to the store to get candy while they were at [church]," said a daughter, Carolyn H. Wingate of Ruxton. The business was sold in 1973 to J. Harold Graul.

"She was an expert seamstress who made our [school] uniforms, evening gowns, curtains and even braided rugs," said Mrs. Wingate.

A deeply religious woman, Mrs. Harrington was a longtime communicant at Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church, where she was a member of the Sodality.

She was a longtime member of the Ladies Auxiliary at St. Joseph Hospital and was an avid bridge player. She was also a member of the Towson Garden Club.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Monday at Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church, Baltimore and Ware avenues in Towson.

Mrs. Harrington also is survived by a son, C. Thomas Harrington of Ashland, Ore.; another daughter, Mary Jo Leonard of Pasadena; 20 grandchildren; and 39 great-grandchildren.

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