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May 03, 2000

Carolyn Fay Costa, 53, activities director

Carolyn Fay Costa, former activities director at a home for unwed mothers and abused wom en, died Thursday of cancer at Howard County General Hospital. She was 53 and lived in Columbia.

Ms. Costa had been activities director at a home in Hampden for unwed mothers and abused women that is operated by Florence Crittenton Services of Baltimore Inc. She had been on staff there from 1985 until retiring in 1997.

Born in Boston, she spent her early childhood in the West Indies, South America and Guyana, where her father was an economist with a Canadian corporation. After moving to Baltimore, she graduated from Forest Park High School and earned a bachelor's degree from Morgan State University.

Her 1967 marriage to Anthony Hawkins ended in divorce, and she reassumed her maiden name.

She had been active in the Columbia Association, the Junior League of Baltimore and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc.

She was a parishioner of St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church in Columbia and a member of the Re-member Committee there.

Services were held yesterday.

Ms. Costa is survived by a son, Steven Hawkins of Washington; a daughter, Shannon Hawkins of Santa Monica, Calif.; a brother, Reynold A. Costa of Lyons, N.J.; a sister, Jacquelyn Costa Horsey of Avon, Conn.; a nephew; and a niece.

John A. Agro Sr., 87, market produce merchant

John A. Agro Sr., a retired Cross Street Market produce merchant, died Saturday of lung disease at Union Memorial Hospital. He was 87 and lived on Highland Avenue in East Baltimore.

For 52 years, he operated eight contiguous fruit and vegetable stalls at the South Baltimore market, where he began working at age 5 at a business his mother ran.

Born in Baltimore, he was raised on Marshall Street, a tiny thoroughfare near the market. He attended local schools and opened his produce stall in 1927 when he was age 15. He retired in 1979.

In May 1951, he watched the old wooden market burn -- with his inventory and equipment -- in a multialarm fire. He immediately reopened his business in temporary outdoor quarters on Cross Street.

"It was not uncommon for him to work 15-hour days," said his son John A. Agro Jr., former administrator of the state Mass Transit Administration. "It was very important for him to put his children through college."

In 1939, he married Madeleine Manti, who died in 1987.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 9 a.m. today at St. Ursula Roman Catholic Church, 8900 Harford Road.

He also is survived by another son, Michael A. Agro Sr. of Kingsville; a daughter, Angeline Gugliuzza of Perry Hall; six grandchildren; and three great- grandchildren.

Helen G. Carr, 79, legal administrator

Helen G. Carr, a homemaker and former legal administrator, died Saturday of respiratory failure at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. She was 79 and had lived in Guilford since 1992.

Mrs. Carr was a legal administrator at law firms while living in Glen Ridge, N.J., and South Orange, N.J.

Born Helen Gault in Minneapolis, she was raised in Detroit. She graduated from Gradwohl School of Laboratory Science in St. Louis and worked as a laboratory assistant in that city for several years.

In 1944, she married John R. Carr, who survives.

Mrs. Carr had held a private pilot's license and enjoyed playing classical piano.

She was an active communicant of the Roman Catholic Cathedral of Mary Our Queen in North Baltimore, where a Mass of Christian burial was offered yesterday.

She also is survived by a son, Steven D. Carr of Mount Tabor, N.J.; four daughters, Mary Lou Sunderland of Baltimore, Jean T. Shindler of Plantation, Fla., Eileen C. Webb of Mandeville, La., and Susan C. Dobson of Basking Ridge, N.J.; a sister, Jean G. Maglione of Charleston, S.C.; and five grandchildren.

M. Suzanne H. Garrett, 68, parochial school teacher

M. Suzanne H. Garrett, a retired parochial school educator, died Friday of cancer at Stella Maris Hospice. The longtime Cedarcroft resident was 68.

After teaching fifth grade at St. Pius X parochial school for 12 years, Mrs. Garrett retired in 1997. During her 35-year career, she had taught at Cardinal Sheehan School in Baynesville, St. Thomas Aquinas School, Visitation Academy and Mount Washington Country School.

The former M. Suzanne Hamman was born in Homewood and earned her bachelor's degree from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland.

She had been a board member of St. Pius X School and the Cedarcroft Association.

In 1967, she married Howard Shearman Garrett, who survives her.

An avid golfer and member of the Country Club of Maryland, Mrs. Garrett played with the 9-Hole Club. She also enjoyed traveling.

She was a parishioner of St. Pius X Roman Catholic Church, 6432 York Road, where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. today.

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