Gertrude B. Hoover, 85, homemaker, secretary Gertrude...

July 22, 2000

Gertrude B. Hoover, 85, homemaker, secretary

Gertrude B. Hoover, a Baltimore homemaker, died of organ failure Sunday at Homewood at Crumland Farms, a retirement community in Frederick. She was 85.

Mrs. Hoover had lived at Homewood since 1996.

Gertrude Baur was born in Baltimore and graduated from Southern High School, where she played on the girls field hockey team. She then worked as a secretary in the city's financial district for a few years before she married Dick M. Hoover, a medical publisher, and became a homemaker.

The Hoovers lived in Baltimore before they moved to Towson in 1953.

Mrs. Hoover was a member of the Rodgers Forge Women's Club, beginning in the 1950s, and was a past president of the social group.

Mr. Hoover died in 1982.

There were no services. Mrs. Hoover's body was donated to the Maryland Anatomy Board for scientific research.

She is survived by a son, Wendell C. Hoover of Walkersville; two daughters, Joan Wilson of Baltimore and Nancy Hoover-Levy of Portland, Ore.; a brother, John Baur of Baltimore; four grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

Merle T. Gaffney, 96, homemaker, walker

Merle T. Gaffney, a longtime Timonium resident and inveterate walker, died July 15 of pneumonia at Stella Maris Hospice. She was 96.

Born Merle Triscilla McGuire in Ardock, N.D., Mrs. Gaffney was the youngest of seven children, all of whom attended the University of North Dakota. Mrs. Gaffney graduated from the school in 1924.

In the 1930s, Mrs. Gaffney and her husband, mechanical engineer Henry Gaffney, lived on Long Island. During her time in New York, Mrs. Gaffney briefly taught school.

Mr. Gaffney was offered a job as building engineer for Johns Hopkins Hospital, and the couple moved to Timonium in 1954. They lived there the rest of their lives. Mr. Gaffney died in 1991.

Mrs. Gaffney was a homemaker who devoted her leisure time to a variety of pursuits, including golf, travel and investing. However, her most ardently pursued avocation was walking. Even into her 80s, Mrs. Gaffney thought nothing of going on strolls of five or six miles a day. Cold weather could not break this habit; Mrs. Gaffney found even the heaviest Maryland snowstorms mild compared to the blizzards of her native Great Plains.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Stella Maris Chapel, 2300 Dulaney Valley Road in Timonium.

Mrs. Gaffney is survived by many nieces and nephews.

Angelina Pacetti, 24, Wal-Mart photographer

Angelina Pacetti, photographer for a New Jersey Wal-Mart, died July 11 of complications from pregnancy at West Jersey Hospital in Voorhees, N.J. She was 24 and lived in Blackwood, N.J.

Angelina Quinones, who lived in Joppa for more than 10 years, graduated from Fallston High School in Bel Air in 1994, and began work as a machine operator at Fellowes Manufacturing Co. in Bel Camp . She left Fellowes about 1998.

In September she married Ronald Pacetti Jr. of Blackwood, N.J., where Mrs. Pacetti moved less than two years ago.

In New Jersey, she began working as a photographer at Wal-Mart, where she was employed at the time of her death.

Mrs. Pacetti, born in New Britain, Conn., was active in Mothers Against Drunk Driving for more than five years and was an organ donor for the Gift of Life organ donor program through West Jersey Hospital.

Services were held Monday at Farnelli Funeral Home in Williamstown, N.J.

In addition to her husband, Mrs. Pacetti is survived by a son, Tyler M. Pacetti of Blackwood; a stepson, Ronald Pacetti III, and stepdaughter, Jennifer Pacetti, both of Deptford, N.J.; parents Osvaldo and Marion Quinones of Joppa; a grandfather, Chester Baldowski of Waterbury, Conn.; and a grandmother, Leonidas Torres of Puerto Rico.

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