Kay Ward Fitzgerald, 63, foster parent, artist Kay Ward...

September 01, 2000

Kay Ward Fitzgerald, 63, foster parent, artist

Kay Ward Fitzgerald, a homemaker, foster parent and artist, died Aug. 21 of breast cancer at her home in Ocean Pines. She was 63.

Mrs. Fitzgerald worked in a variety of mediums, including painting, lithography, printmaking and sculpting.

She also wrote and illustrated children's books, decorated cakes and was an accomplished seamstress and upholsterer.

Born Kay Ward in New York City, Mrs. Fitzgerald was reared in Port Washington, N.Y. After graduating from high school in 1955, she attended the University of Rhode Island and, later, Maryland Institute College of Art.

Mrs. Fitzgerald, who had moved to Ocean Pines in May, had lived for more than 20 years in Phoenix, Baltimore County, with her husband, Paul Fitzgerald, a retired civil engineer.

Mrs. Fitzgerald and her husband of 43 years had reared 13 foster children.

She was a volunteer with Catholic Charities and was a communicant of St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church in Texas, Baltimore County, where a Mass of Christian burial was offered Saturday.

In addition to her husband, Mrs. Fitzgerald is survived by three sons, Patrick Fitzgerald of Towson, Michael Fitzgerald of Eldersburg and Bryan Fitzgerald of Hunt Valley; two daughters, Shawn Graves of Mays Chapel and Patricia Hertlove of Baltimore; a brother, Alan Ward of Seabrook, Texas; a foster daughter, Donna Cherry of Towson; and 12 grandchildren.

The Rev. Ronald Chelton, 53, Lutheran minister

The Rev. Ronald K. Chelton, a Lutheran minister and Baltimore native, died Sunday of multiple myeloma at Kobacker House, a hospice in Columbus, Ohio. He was 53.

Mr. Chelton had been pastor of Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Columbus for 12 years.

He had been a pastor in Charlottesville, Va., and several other Ohio churches before moving to Columbus.

Born and raised in Northwood, he was a 1964 graduate of Gilman School and earned his bachelor's degree from Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Va., in 1968.

He was a 1972 graduate of Trinity Seminary School in Columbus and was ordained at St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Northwood, which he had attended as a youth.

"He always wanted to help people," his sister, Sharlene C. Vogel of Eldersburg, said of his vocation. "He was a very humble man who lit up a room when he walked into it."

Mr. Chelton was an avid Orioles fan and often dressed in black and orange, the team's colors.

In Columbus, he coached youth athletic teams.

A memorial service will be held Sept. 9 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church.

In addition to his sister, he is survived by his wife of 27 years, the former Janet Crum; two sons, Bradford K. Chelton and Andrew L. Chelton, and a daughter, Jessica A. Chelton, all of Columbus; his parents, Keith F. Chelton and Doris M. Chelton of Towson; a nephew; and two nieces.

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