Alice A. Holden, 83, education supervisor Alice A...

May 01, 2000

Alice A. Holden, 83, education supervisor

Alice A. Holden, a retired educator and longtime Towson resident, died Thursday of cancer at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care. She was 83.

Mrs. Holden, who had lived in the Hampton section of Baltimore County for 40 years, retired in the late 1970s from the state Department of Early Childhood Education, where she had been a supervisor.

Earlier, she had taught in Baltimore City public elementary schools and later at Lida Lee Tall School in Towson.

Born Alice A. Posadzki in Newark, N.J., she graduated from Central High School there. She earned her bachelor's and master's degrees from Towson State College, now Towson University, and her doctorate in education from the University of Maryland.

She was married in 1937 to Alfred Charles Holden Sr., engineer and founder of Holden Engineering Sales, who died in 1992.

She was a member of Towson United Methodist Church and the Three Arts Club of Homeland.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. today at St. John's Episcopal Church, 3738 Butler Road, Glyndon.

She is survived by four sons, Alfred C. Holden Jr. of New York, William G. Holden of Canton, Mich., Donald E. Holden of Orange Park, Fla., and Dr. Kenton R. Holden of Charleston, S.C.; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and special friend Edward MacCulloch of Timonium.

Stanley T. Burns, 55, banking executive, author

Stanley T. Burns, a longtime banking executive who opened Chase Bank of Maryland in the mid-1980s, died Thursday of what a family friend described as a sudden cardiac event at an apartment he maintained in New York City. The Guilford resident was 55.

Mr. Burns, a veteran of more than two decades with Chase Manhattan Corp. of New York, was named the first president of Chase Bank of Maryland in November 1985.

He spent a significant portion of his first year in the job trying to liquidate problem properties owned by three failed savings and loans.

Mr. Burns spent three years as head of Chase Bank of Maryland, which later was bought by Crestar Financial. He then worked briefly for United Savings Bank in Northern Virginia before beginning a decadelong stint as a consultant and author.

He began his banking career with Chase Manhattan in 1966, after graduating from Duke University with a bachelor's degree in political science.

He received a master's of liberal arts degree in 1992 from the Johns Hopkins University, where he later developed and taught a course in business ethics.

Born in Temple, Texas, Mr. Burns grew up in Kingsport, Tenn.

Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. tomorrow at Brown Memorial Park Avenue United Presbyterian Church, where he was an elder, and in Greenville, S.C., on Thursday.

He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Christa Fuller Burns, former co-pastor of Second Presbyterian Church in Guilford; four children, Sara Edwards Burns, Bryant Hampton Burns, Anna Rogers Burns and Calloway Thomas Burns, all of Baltimore; his father, Paul J. Burns, of Durham, N.C.; a sister, Janice Burns Peeples of Greensboro, N.C.; and a brother, Stephen Richard Burns of Spartanburg, S.C.

Adolph F. `Al' Funke, 90, plumbing firm accountant

Adolph F. "Al" Funke, an accountant who worked for 40 years at the American Standard plant in Southeast Baltimore, died Monday at Lexington Medical Center in South Carolina of complications from a winter fall on ice. He was 90.

A Baltimore native and former resident of Severna Park, Mr. Funke retired from the plumbing fixture manufacturing company in 1973. He moved to West Columbia, S.C., in 1975.

There, he worked part time as an accountant for Columbia Coliseum from 1980 to 1985.

A graduate of Polytechnic Institute, Mr. Funke took accounting courses at night before joining American Standard.

He and his first wife, Adele Duitscher Funke, lived in Baltimore before moving to Arnold. She died in 1965.

Mr. Funke married Gloria Robbins in 1968, and the couple lived in Severna Park before moving to South Carolina.

In West Columbia, he was president of the now-defunct Eau Claire Lions Club and was named Lion of the Year.

He was a member of Main Street United Methodist Church and occasionally taught the church's adult Bible class -- Wesley Fidelity -- to which he and his wife belonged.

While growing up in Baltimore, Mr. Funke was active in the youth group Demolay, and received its Legion of Honor award.

A graveside service will be held at 3 p.m. tomorrow at Western Cemetery, 3001 Edmondson Ave. A funeral service was held Thursday in South Carolina.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Funke is survived by a stepdaughter, Holly Funke McAllister of West Columbia.

Marta K. Pramsachufer, 87, Hopkins medical secretary

Marta K. Pramsachufer, a retired medical secretary, died Wednesday of heart failure at Union Memorial Hospital. She was 87.

The former longtime Northeast Baltimore resident had lived in recent years at Keswick Multi-Care Center in Roland Park. She retired in the 1970s from Johns Hopkins Hospital, where she had been a medical secretary for many years.

Born Marta Krejci in Baltimore, she was raised in Elkton. She was a graduate of Cecil County public schools and Strayer Business College.

She was married in 1937 to Martin E. Rohrer, who died in 1949. Her marriage to Francis Pramsachufer ended in divorce.

She enjoyed playing Scrabble and watching Orioles games.

At Mrs. Pramsachufer's request, there will be no services.

She is survived by two sons, John H. Rohrer of Westminster and Steven D. Rohrer of Denver; a stepson, Alfred Pramsachufer of Alta Loma, Calif.; seven grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

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