Louis Joseph Pecoraro, 75, public schools educatorLouis...

November 14, 1999

Louis Joseph Pecoraro, 75, public schools educator

Louis Joseph Pecoraro, a longtime educator in Carroll County public schools, died Friday of lung cancer at Carroll County General Hospital in Westminster. He was 75.

Mr. Pecoraro, born in Denbo, Pa., served in the Philippines in World War II, attaining the rank of staff sergeant in the Army. He graduated from Duquesne University in 1953 and earned a master's degree from Western Maryland College in 1973.

In 1953, he began a long career in Carroll County public schools. He taught at Sykesville High School and later was principal at a number of county schools, including Freedom Elementary, Winfield Elementary, Westminster Elementary and Sykesville Elementary, before retiring in 1982. He served on the Carroll County Planning Commission from 1984 to 1994.

A funeral liturgy will be offered at 10 a.m. tomorrow at St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church, Liberty Road in Eldersburg.

Mr. Pecoraro is survived by his wife, the former Teresa M. Angelone of Westminster; two sons, Gregory Pecoraro and Jamie F. Pecoraro, both of Westminster; a daughter, Lisa Ayres of Wheaton, Ill.; two brothers, Lawrence Pecoraro of Hopewell, Pa., and Anthony Pecoraro of Tucson, Ariz.; two sisters, Pauline Zvonar of Tucson, Ariz., and Frances Martin of Binghampton, N.Y.; and one granddaughter.

The Rev. Leo J. Farragher, St. Joseph Hospital chaplain

The Rev. Leo J. Farragher, former chaplain at St. Joseph Hospital and a champion of racial justice, died Wednesday of a heart condition at St. Joseph Manor in Baltimore. He was 88.

Father Farragher, a native of Newton, Mass., attended the St. Joseph Seminary in Washington, D.C., where he later taught as a professor. He was ordained to the Roman Catholic priesthood in 1937 at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington and received a licentiate degree in sacred theology at the Catholic University of America.

Soon after, he became the first resident pastor at St. Joseph church in Tuskegee, Ala. He later served as pastor at parishes in Washington, Delaware and in Louisiana, where he urged local authorities to allow blacks to use public libraries.

He served as chaplain at St. Joseph Hospital in Baltimore from 1975 until poor health led to his retirement in 1996.

Father Farragher is survived by a brother, Bernard Farragher of West Harwich, Mass., and a sister, Sister Elizabeth Farragher of Newton, Mass.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held 7: 30 p.m. Tuesday at St. Joseph Medical Center, 7620 York Road, Towson.

Ethel Beatrice Stephens, 94, hunting preserve owner

Ethel Beatrice Sorrell Stephens, an innkeeper who entertained generals, political leaders and her beloved Baltimore Orioles at a Brookeville game preserve, died Thursday of congestive heart failure at Westminster Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. She was 94.

Mrs. Stephens, who lived in Mount Airy, was born and reared at Twin Oaks, an estate in Washington, where her father was carriage driver, chauffeur and bodyguard to the Bell family, close relatives of Alexander Graham Bell, inventor of the telephone.

In 1945, she and her husband C. C. "Nick" Stephens opened the first licensed hunting preserve in Maryland, the Triggaland Kennel and Game Farm in Brookeville.

Mrs. Stephens prepared home-style dinners -- her husband conducted the hunts -- for such guests as Gen. Omar N. Bradley, Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey, Franklin D. Roosevelt Jr., Columbia founder James W. Rouse and many players for the Baltimore Orioles, the couple's favorite baseball team. The couple moved the preserve to Mount Airy in 1959.

Mr. Stephens died in 1967.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. tomorrow at Olin L. Molesworth P.A. Funeral Home, 26401 Ridge Road in Damascus.

She is survived by two sons, Frederick W. Stephens of Manchester and Irving E. Stephens of Monrovia; a daughter, Betty L. Phucas of Silver Spring; two brothers, John M. Sorrell of Grass Valley, Calif., and William A. Sorrell of Landover; 10 grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

Lucy Verdell Gordon, 83, foster mother of the year

Lucy Verdell Gordon, named Maryland's 1968 foster mother of the year, died of heart failure Thursday at the Lorien Nursing Home in Columbia. She was 83 and lived in Lochearn.

She was a foster mother to 52 children during her 40-year association with the Department of Social Services. Her last child left her home in 1985.

The former Lucy Verdell Jarvis was born in Gaylesville, where she attended local public schools.

In 1945, she married John Everett Gordon, a longshoreman. He died in 1985. The couple lived for many years on Gwynns Falls Parkway.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Providence Baptist Church, 1401 Pennsylvania Ave., where she was a member.

She is survived by a son, Dr. John E. Gordon of Ellicott City; a brother, Lawrence Jarvis of Baltimore; a sister, Madeline Rose of Baltimore; 11 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Albert R. Gudelsky, 81, Laurel Block Corp. president

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