Marisa Yunmei Weng, 59, nurse, acupuncturist Marisa...

January 21, 2000

Marisa Yunmei Weng, 59, nurse, acupuncturist

Marisa Yunmei Weng, a retired registered nurse and acupuncturist who worked in Baltimore-area hospitals, died Sunday of cancer at her Towson home. She was 59.

She had worked as a nurse at Liberty Medical Center for five years until she was diagnosed with uterine cancer in 1997. Earlier, she had been a staff nurse at the old City Hospitals, Greater Baltimore Medical Center and the former North Charles General Hospital.

Marisa Yunmei Tseng was born and educated in a rural village in Taiwan. She earned a bachelor's degree in nursing from the Provincial Taipei Nursing and Mid-Wife School and studied acupuncture in China in 1989.

She was married in 1966 to Yih-Shyong Weng, a medical researcher, and immigrated to Baltimore in 1975.

A memorial service will be held at 10: 30 a.m. tomorrow at Chinese Christian Church of Baltimore, 1800 Cromwell Bridge Road.

In addition to her husband, Mrs. Weng is survived by a son, Jen-Pin Weng of Galveston, Texas; two daughters, Jen-Fan Weng of Crofton and Jensin Weng Sommer of Alexandria, Va.; her father, Sui-pin Tseng of Taiwan; three brothers, Marty Tseng, Sen-Ching Tseng and Sen-Kong Tseng, all of Taipei; two sisters, Sing Mei and Mei Cheng, both of Taipei; and two grandchildren.

Louis Varricchio, 78, school orchestra director

Louis Varricchio, a retired music teacher in Baltimore City and Baltimore County public schools, died Saturday of cancer at Oak Crest Village. He was 78 and had lived in Ruxton.

During his 39-year career, he taught band, orchestra and chorus at several schools, including Northwestern High School in the city and Pikesville Middle School, and at Loyola College. He retired in 1980.

Born in Meadville, Pa., he received a bachelor's degree from West Chester (Pa.) State College and a master of arts in musical education from the University of Pennsylvania.

He moved to Baltimore in 1958 and played violin and bass viol with the Zim Zemarel, Morgan Baer and Lenny Hobbs orchestras, pit orchestras at the Baltimore Arena, and at the old Painters Mill Music Fair.

He was a member of the Baltimore Parks Band and conducted various glee clubs.

In the early 1990s, he founded the Volunteer Senior Band, a 35-piece group that performed at nursing homes.

In retirement, he was a Stella Maris volunteer and managed the grocery department of the gift shop with his wife, the former Rita Murphy. They were married in 1946.

A memorial Mass will be offered at 1 p.m. tomorrow at St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church, 8420 Belair Road, Fullerton.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Patrick Varricchio of Perry Hall; a daughter, Lynn Varricchio of Greece, N.Y.; two brothers, Albert Varricchio of Farrell, Pa., and Emilio Varricchio of Wickliffe, Ohio; two sisters, Jennie Deloss of Gahanna, Ohio, and Mary Anderson of Euclid, Ohio; three grandchildren; and two great-grandsons.

Dane M. Jones, 35, data entry technician

Dane M. Jones, a data entry technician and collector of harlequins and hats, died Saturday of acquired immune deficiency syndrome at Catonsville Commons Nursing Home. He was 35.

Until he retired in 1998 on a medical disability, he was a data entry technician at International Collections Society in Owings Mills. Earlier, he held a similar job at Monumental Life Insurance Co. for 10 years.

Family members said Mr. Jones had an extensive collection of harlequins and hats that he displayed in his Northeast Baltimore home. He also collected miniature elephants.

Born and raised in Walbrook Junction, he was a 1983 graduate of Walbrook High School and attended the Community College of Baltimore.

He had been a volunteer at several nursing homes, reading to patients and doing errands for them.

He was a member of New Shiloh Baptist Church in Baltimore.

Services will be held at 1: 30 p.m. tomorrow at Joseph L. Russ Funeral Home and Chapel, 2222 W. North Ave.

He is survived by his mother, Patricia Clark of Baltimore; six brothers, Morris Tyler, Jerome Tyler, William Turner, Damin Clark, Anthony Clark and William Clark, all of Baltimore; four sisters, Juanita L. Tyler, Olivia T. Borden, Sakina Illyas and Tegra Clark, all of Baltimore; and his foster mother, May M. Tyler of Baltimore.

John P. Eckenrode Sr., 80, General Motors executive

John P. Eckenrode Sr., a retired General Motors executive and World War II aviator, died Tuesday of congestive heart failure at Manor Care Ruxton. He was 80.

Mr. Eckenrode, a Ruxton resident, retired in 1985 from General Motors, where he was a senior manager in the Charlotte, N.C., zone for the company's Chevrolet Division. He began his GM career in 1946 as a management trainee and held assignments in Buffalo, N.Y.; Pittsburgh; Richmond, Va.; Washington; Philadelphia; and Cumberland.

Born and raised in Baltimore, he was a 1938 graduate of Calvert Hall College high school. After attending the University of Maryland for a year, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps in 1939 and trained as a pilot.

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