James Connolly Tepe, 68, financial analyst, singerJames...

September 21, 1999

James Connolly Tepe, 68, financial analyst, singer

James Connolly Tepe, a financial analyst who sang bass in barbershop quartets for many years, died Friday of cancer at home in Columbia. He was 68.

Mr. Tepe was an Air Force pilot from 1953 to 1956 before beginning a career as a financial analyst and consultant. He was employed most recently as treasurer for a commercial development company in Columbia.

He was a lifelong music lover who began singing in church choirs in the fourth grade. As an adult, he sang with the Westinghouse Quartet in his native Pittsburgh and the Winning Hand barbershop quartet in Arlington, Va.

He coached his sons' vocal quartets and traveled with them to events around the country.

He graduated from Duquesne University in 1953 and married his childhood sweetheart, Agnes Jo Lanagan.

He was active in the Roman Catholic Church as a singer and counselor, and he and his wife taught marriage preparation classes through the Archdiocese of Baltimore from 1978 to 1993.

In 1991, he received a master's degree in pastoral counseling from Loyola College.

A Mass of Resurrection will be offered at 11 a.m. today at St. Louis Roman Catholic Church, near Routes 32 and 108 in Clarksville.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by six sons, James M. Tepe of Columbia, Christopher Tepe of Catonsville, Gregory Tepe of Fairfax, Va., Vincent Tepe of Baltimore, and Daniel Tepe and Patrick Tepe, both of Alexandria, Va.; a daughter, Stephanie Berberich of Alexandria; and 10 grandchildren.

Richard Roscoe Brown, 66, Honeywell systems analyst

Richard Roscoe Brown, a retired systems analyst with Honeywell Home and Building Control, died Wednesday of a heart attack at George Washington University Hospital in Washington. He was 66 and lived in Severna Park.

He retired from Honeywell in 1992 after 28 years.

Born in Des Moines, Iowa, Mr. Brown graduated from Drake University. He then served as a private in the Army during the Korean War.

He was a member of Berrywood Yacht Club in Severna Park and was commodore of Ventnor Yacht Club in Pasadena. He was also a member of the Chesapeake Commodores Club of Maryland and the Elks.

Besides boating, he enjoyed working on cars and computers.

Services will be held at 8 p.m. today at Barranco & Sons Funeral Home, 495 Ritchie Highway, Severna Park.

He is survived by his wife of 46 years, the former Mosa Scanlan; three daughters, Sandra L. Jilek of Felton, Del., Nanette Slusher of Bristol, R.I., and Brenda Brown of Tempe, Ariz.; and three grandchildren.

Mary Regina Parlett, 69, Anne Arundel teacher

Mary Regina Parlett, a former teacher and advocate for improving pay and working conditions in the profession, died of cancer Sunday at home in Dover, Del. The former Bowie resident was 69.

Born in Catonsville, the former Mary Regina Brown grew up in Baltimore -- first in Ten Hills and later in Homeland. She was a 1950 graduate of the College of Notre Dame of Maryland.

In the early 1950s, she was a staff reporter for the Catholic Review, the newspaper of the Archdiocese of Baltimore. She then began her teaching career in Anne Arundel County public schools.

In the 1950s and 1960s, she represented teachers organizations in Anne Arundel, Montgomery and Prince George's counties as they sought higher salaries and better working conditions.

She was on the staff of the National Education Association in Washington from 1965 to 1972.

She married Joseph M. Parlett Jr., retired executive director of the Teachers' Association of Anne Arundel County, in 1951. He survives her.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. tomorrow at Holy Cross Roman Catholic Church, 631 S. State St., Dover, where she was a congregant and editor of the parish newsletter.

She also is survived by two sons, Joseph M. Parlett III of Leesburg, Va., and Basil Parlett of Crofton; four daughters, Mary Taylor of Sudbury, Mass., Regina Brewster of Vestal, N.Y., Dorothy Hunt of Woonsocket, R.I., and Margaret Smerbeck of Pittsford, N.Y.; a sister, Dorothy M. Brown of Washington; a brother, Basil W. Brown of Toronto; and 17 grandchildren.

Zona Mildred Peterson, 61, Sheriff's Department deputy

Zona Mildred Peterson, the first female uniformed deputy with the Carroll County Sheriff's Department, died of cancer Friday at home in Westminster. She was 61.

Mrs. Peterson joined the Sheriff's Department in 1973 and worked for seven years until an illness prevented her from being able to fire a shotgun. She worked for the next 19 years as an office administrator, matron and clerk.

"She was a jack of all trades," said Carroll County Sheriff Kenneth L. Tregoning, the fourth sheriff with whom she worked. "She was very dedicated and knew this operation inside and out."

Born in Salisbury, N.C., she graduated from Spencer High School in 1956, then worked at a diner, where she met her husband, Elton "Pete" Peterson. They were married for 42 years and served together in the Carroll County Sheriff's Department.

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