Sister Jane Dettmer, 87, parochial school teacher...

March 23, 2000

Sister Jane Dettmer, 87, parochial school teacher

Sister Jane Dettmer, a retired parochial school teacher, died Monday of heart failure at Villa Assumpta, the motherhouse of the School Sisters of Notre Dame in Woodbrook. She was 87.

Sister Jane was known earlier as Sister Mary Alfried Dettmer. She began using her baptismal name after the Roman Catholic Ecumenical Council -- Vatican II -- in 1962-1965.

Born in West Baltimore, she graduated from the Institute of Notre Dame in 1931 and entered the order that year. She professed her vows in 1933.

She taught at parochial schools in New York, Washington, Pennsylvania, Florida and Western Maryland. Baltimore schools to which she was assigned included St. Jerome and St. Benedict during the 1940s and St. Thomas Aquinas from 1964 to 1970.

She retired in 1990 from Epiphany parochial school in Venice, Fla., where she had been librarian for 12 years.

In retirement, Sister Jane worked with the elderly and the sick.

She earned a bachelor's degree from Nazareth College in Rochester, N.Y., in 1954 and a master's in library science from Villanova University in 1970.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. today in the Villa Assumpta chapel, 6401 N. Charles St.

She is survived by nephews and nieces.

Eleanora M. Clews, 86, Arundel school teacher

Eleanora M. Clews, former educator and volunteer, died Saturday of pneumonia at Carroll Lutheran Village Health Care Center in Westminster. She was 86.

Mrs. Clews taught primary and elementary grades in Anne Arundel County public schools from 1965 to 1970.

In 1941, she married the Rev. C. Gordon Clews, who died in 1995.

"She was always a partner in her husband's ministry," said a son, Vincent Clews of Reisterstown. "She always had the parsonage filled with students or people who needed a place to stay."

She served for many years on the board of the United Methodist Board of Child Care and was a volunteer at the Kelso Home for Girls in Rockdale.

Born Eleanora Marciano in Reggio Calabria, Italy, she immigrated to Washington with her family in 1921 and graduated from public schools there.

She was a member of Westminster United Methodist Church, where services were held yesterday.

She is survived by another son, Carter Clews of Westminster; a daughter, Marcia Clews Wessel of Cardiff; a brother, Demetrio Marciano of Langley Park; a sister, Margaret Zagami of Westminster; and seven grandchildren.

Lena Anna Pfarr, 95, homemaker, confectioner

Lena Anna Pfarr, a homemaker and former confectioner, died Monday of respiratory failure at North Arundel Hospital. She was 95 and lived in Severna Park.

The former Lena Anna Contarini was the daughter of an Italian countess, Contessa Sofia Bosi di Villaba of Verona, and Joseph Contarini, a descendant of the doges of Venice, whose family palace is on the Grand Canal.

Born in Baltimore, she was a graduate of St. Leo's parochial school.

She was proud of her Italian heritage -- her mother founded the local chapter of the Daughters of Italy -- and kept a rose garden at her home.

In the 1950s, she dipped chocolate bonbons for Maron's, the Lexington Street candy store in downtown Baltimore fabled for its pink boxes.

In 1924, she married William Henry Pfarr, a Bethlehem Steel employee. He died in 1962.

A Mass will be offered at 10 a.m. tomorrow at St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church, Severna Park.

She is survived by two daughters, Gloria Anna Moore of Port Richey, Fla., and Jacqueline A. Chang of Severna Park; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Milton Jones, 74, parking lot manager

Milton Jones, a retired parking lot manager, died Sunday of brain disease at University of Maryland Medical Center. He was 74 and lived in Edmondson Village.

He was employed by Maiden Choice Parking in Washington for 30 years and retired in 1989.

Born in Macon, N.C.., where he attended schools, he came to Baltimore in 1946.

He served in the Navy.

He married Delores Jones, a Sinai Hospital nurse, in 1948. She died in 1988.

A funeral will be held at 10: 30 a.m. tomorrow at Simmons Memorial Baptist Church, 601 Cumberland St.

He is survived by five sons, Milton T. Jones, David Jones, Gary Jones, Donald Jones and Richard Jones, all of Baltimore; two daughters, Yvonne Rice and Cheryl Jones, both of Baltimore; seven sisters, Hattie Smith, Mary Alexander, Rosa Keys, Lottie Thomas, Annie Gray, Sally Keys, all of Baltimore, and Elizabeth Jones of New York City; 16 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter.

Otis Pierce Childers, 74, Social Security employee

Otis Pierce Childers, a retired Social Security employee, died Saturday of undetermined causes at St. Agnes HealthCare. He was 74 and lived in Catonsville.

He worked at the Social Security Administration for 37 years.

Born in Lexington, Ky., he was a graduate of Henry Clay High School and attended the University of Kentucky. He moved to Baltimore in 1962.

He served in the Army in World War II and was a prisoner of war in Germany.

In 1946, he married Agnes Gillis.

Services were held Monday at Christian Temple on Edmondson Avenue where he was a member.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Joel Pierce Childers of Catonsville; a daughter, Nancy Childers Saks of Catonsville; and two grandchildren.

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