Ann J. Horten, 78, traveler, corrections employee Ann...

April 29, 2000

Ann J. Horten, 78, traveler, corrections employee

Ann J. Horten, who worked for the state Division of Correction for two decades, died Wednesday of pulmonary disease at Mariner Health of Bel Air Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. She was 78.

Miss Horten, who had lived since 1988 in the Walker Mews Apartments on York Road, had lived in Parkville earlier.

She retired in 1984 from the state Division of Correction in Baltimore, where she had been a fiscal assistant.

Born and raised on Belgian Avenue, Miss Horten was a 1940 graduate of Towson High School, where she was a member of the girls' basketball team. She was a secretary at Monumental Insurance Co. before going to work for the Division of Correction.

Miss Horten was active in the affairs at Walker Mews, where she headed the bingo committee. She enjoyed camping in Florida, Ocean City, Nags Head, N.C., and in the West Virginia mountains. She also had traveled across the country.

She was a communicant of St. Piux X Roman Catholic Church, York and Overbrook roads, where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at noon today.

She is survived by a brother, Charles Horten of Ooltaneeh, Tenn.; a sister, Maria Loehe of Camden, Maine; and more than 30 nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

Ralph D. Mellinger Sr., 81, hospital administrator

Ralph D. Mellinger Sr., who retired as director of purchasing for University of Maryland Hospital, died Wednesday of pneumonia at Laurel Regional Hospital. He was 81 and lived in Columbia.

The longtime Linthicum resident had been director of purchasing at the hospital, now University of Maryland Medical Center, from 1959 until retiring in 1979. He moved to Columbia last year.

Born and reared in South Baltimore, he was a graduate of Southern High School. He earned his bachelor's degree in business from the University of Baltimore.

During World War II, he served with the infantry at the Battle of the Bulge, in which he was wounded. His decorations included the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star.

A numismatist, he collected American coins and operated a mail-order coin business.

He was married in the late 1930s to Shirley Blades, who died in 1998.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. today at MacNabb Funeral Home, 301 Frederick Road in Catonsville.

He is survived by a son, R. Donald Mellinger Jr. of Phoenix, Baltimore County; a daughter, Pamela J. Myers of Columbia; five grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

Lauraine P. Buccheri, 61, seamstress and designer

Lauraine P. Buccheri, a seamstress who later owned a sewing supply business, died Tuesday of cancer at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. The Carney resident was 61.

Mrs. Buccheri, a talented seamstress and designer, and a partner began designing wrap skirts in her Carney home in the early 1970s.

In 1987, she established Creative Needle Magic, which sold sewing and quilting supplies, and Bernina Sewing Machines. The Northeast Baltimore store, which she sold to Bear's Paw Inc. in 1996, also offered sewing lessons.

Born Lauraine P. Langis, she was raised in Hamilton and graduated in 1956 from Seton High School.

In 1957, she married Michael A. Buccheri, a retired Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. electrical engineer who survives her.

For years, she was active on the Parkville Recreation Council, where she was founder of the Tiny Tots program for 3- and 4-year-olds.

She was a communicant of Immaculate Heart of Mary Roman Catholic Church in Baynesville, and St. Isaac Jogues Roman Catholic Church, where she was the regular cantor at Sunday Masses.

She was active in many church activities, including Las Vegas Night and the Investment Club.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 9 a.m. today at St. Isaac Jogues, 9215 Old Harford Road.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by three sons, Michael L. Buccheri of East Baltimore, and Christopher J. Buccheri and Robert A. Buccheri, both of Carney; two daughters, Michele Malizia of Wilmington, Del., and Cheryl A. Vogel of Stewartstown, Pa.; a brother, Robert Langis of Manchester; two sisters, Janine Bowen and Diane Camarata, both of Boynton Beach, Fla.; and six grandchildren.

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