Nancy F. Barad, 54, preschool educator Nancy F. Barad...

April 24, 2000

Nancy F. Barad, 54, preschool educator

Nancy F. Barad, associate director of Bert Yeladim Preschool Center and co-founder of Degel Designs, died Friday of cancer at her Columbia home. She was 54.

At the time of her death, Mrs. Barad had been associated with the Columbia preschool for 20 years. She began her teaching career in the 1960s at Agnes Bevans Park Day Care Center in Baltimore and later taught for two years in Prince George's County public schools.

Her ideas for creating stimulating classroom bulletin boards were often featured in Mailbox, a national magazine for early childhood educators, said family members.

In 1998, she co-founded Degel Designs, a home-based manufacturer of hand-sewn flags and banners featuring Jewish holiday themes.

She was a member of Bet Aviv Congregation in Columbia.

The former Nancy Friedlander was born in the Milford Mill section of Baltimore County and graduated from Milford Mill High School. She earned a bachelor's degree in early childhood education from the University of Maryland in 1966.

In 1967, she married Dr. Cary Barad, an organizational and clinical psychologist, who survives her.

She enjoyed attending antiques and craft shows.

Services were held yesterday.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by two sons, Benjamin Barad of Columbia and Jonathan Barad of Oakland, Calif.; her father, David Friedlander of Baltimore; and a sister, Linda Newman of Potomac.

Ann Steffey O'Donnell, 83, active in civic organizations

Ann Steffey O'Donnell, a homemaker who was active in civic organizations, died April 17 of complications of osteoporosis at her Kent Island home. She was 83 and also lived in Chevy Chase.

The Baltimore native graduated from the Robert Beach School, a girls school no longer in existence, and Strayer Business School. She did office work for her father's real estate development and brokerage business, Chas. H. Steffey Inc., for about three years until she married James O'Donnell in 1938.

She was a trustee of the Kent Island Federation of Arts, for which she held fund-raisers at her Kent Island home; a member of the Chevy Chase Town Club, a women's charitable organization; a former director of Columbia Hospital in Washington; and a former chairwoman of Planned Parenthood's Washington chapter.

Mrs. O'Donnell also was a member of Congressional Country Club in Bethesda and the University Club in Washington. She enjoyed outdoor activities, such as fishing, and was an expert in skeet shooting and trapshooting.

Mr. O'Donnell died in 1976.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at All Saints Episcopal Church, Western Avenue at Chevy Chase Circle, Chevy Chase.

She is survived by two sons, Charles Michael O'Donnell of Kent Island and James O'Donnell III of Rockville; a brother, John W. Steffey Sr. of Annapolis; five grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Frances H. W. Gorsuch, 99, dress fitter

Frances Hoover Weikert Gorsuch, a dress fitter, died Saturday of a heart ailment at Continuum Care at Sykesville. She was 99.

She moved into the nursing home in recent weeks after living in her native Waynesboro, Pa., for the past several years.

She moved to Baltimore in 1926 and spent most her of life working as a fitter in fashionable dress shops. After she retired from the Rose L. Kauffman Dress Shop on Charles Street, clients went to her home.

She enjoyed remodeling her homes and apartments in Baltimore and Blue Ridge Summit, Pa.; watching Orioles games on television; reading; and caring for her cats.

She was a member of St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church in the Milford Mill area of Baltimore County and the Order of the Eastern Star, Freedom Chapter No. 87 in Sykesville.

She was the widow of John A. Weikert of Baltimore and Stanley H. Gorsuch of Baltimore.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Woodlawn Cemetery, 2130 Woodlawn Drive.

She is survived by a daughter, Miriam Weikert Reed of Sykesville; a grandson; four great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren.

Mary L. Eberling, 74, Elkridge homemaker

Mary L. Eberling, an Elkridge homemaker, died Saturday of a heart attack at St. Agnes HealthCare. She was 74.

In 1943, she married George W. Eberling Jr., whom she met in sixth grade after moving from her native Elkridge to Baltimore. She attended Western High School and was wed when she and her husband were age 17.

The couple lived in Baltimore before moving to Elkridge in 1985.

Mrs. Eberling was a member of Fulton Avenue Baptist Church in Southwest Baltimore, where she was a substitute Sunday school teacher, and Glen Burnie Moose Lodge No. 1176.

She was a life member of Lake Shore Democratic Club in Pasadena.

She enjoyed traveling to beaches, and visited Hawaii; Puerto Rico; Daytona, Fla.; and Cancun, Mexico. But Ocean City remained her favorite, and she loved sitting on the boardwalk and reading.

"My mother always read. She read about two or three novels a week. She was extremely well-read," said her daughter Joyce Karns of Westminster.

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