Sister Helen Burke, 78, Seton High School teacher...

September 15, 2000

Sister Helen Burke, 78, Seton High School teacher

Sister Helen Burke, a member of the Daughters of Charity who taught at the former Seton High School in Charles Village, died Saturday of heart failure at Villa St. Michael in Emmitsburg. She was 78.

An educator for 51 years, she was on the Seton High School faculty from 1965 to 1983, teaching English and history.

Born in Baltimore, she entered the Daughters of Charity in 1939. She earned her bachelor of arts degree in 1956 from St. Joseph's College, Emmitsburg, and her master's degree from Villanova University in 1965.

She taught elementary subjects at St. Martin's School in West Baltimore from 1948 to 1951. She also held teaching posts in Washington; Lynchburg and Portsmouth, Va.; and Martinsburg, W.Va.

In 1990, she became a tutor at Mother Seton School in Emmitsburg. She was on the staff of Villa St. Michael from 1991 to 1996, when she retired.

A Mass of Christian burial was offered Tuesday at the National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in Emmitsburg.

Sister Helen is survived by three brothers, Philip J. Burke of West Palm Beach, Fla., Monsignor William F. Burke and Charles J. Burke, both of Baltimore; a sister, Mary Duffy of Baltimore; and three nieces and two nephews.

Dorothy E. James, 84, legal secretary, tutor

Dorothy E. James, a retired legal secretary who tutored students, died at the Westminster Nursing Center on Tuesday of congestive heart failure. She was 84.

The former longtime resident of the Villa Nova section of Baltimore County had lived in Finksburg since 1998. She had been a legal secretary for the Baltimore law firm Weinberg & Green from 1966 until she retired in 1992.

Mrs. James was a volunteer for the learning bank of Communities Organized to Improve Life, and was active in the Irvington Community Association. An avid reader, she tutored neighborhood children in reading and math.

Born Dorothy Estelle Disney in Ridley Park, Pa., she was raised in Lindsay, Ontario, Canada, where she graduated from high school and business school.

She was married in 1946 to Carl W. James, who died in 1995.

A memorial service for Mrs. James will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Pritts Funeral Home, 412 Washington Road, Westminster.

She is survived by a son, John W. P. James of Finksburg; two daughters, Margaret V. Taylor of Villa Nova, and Susan E. Spence of Glenelg; a brother, Alan Disney of Grass Valley, Calif.; a sister, Jeanette Raynsford of Ontario; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Edward Lewis Shull Sr., 78, Army veteran, brewer

Edward Lewis Shull Sr., a former brewer, died Monday of heart failure at Franklin Square Hospital. He was 78 and lived near Ocean View, Del., after residing in Hampden for many years.

He retired in 1985 from the Carling Brewery, where he had worked for 25 years.

Born in Berryville, Va., where he attended local public schools, he moved to Baltimore in 1938.

He was a co-founder of the Valhalla Club, a Hampden social organization.

During World War II, he served as an Army technician in England and France.

He enjoyed golf and was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Before World War II, he married Katherine Hoak. They were divorced. In 1958, he married Ruth Senseny, who survives him.

Services will be at 1:30 p.m. today at the Connelly Funeral Home, 300 Mace Ave., Essex.

He also is survived by two sons, William Shull and Edward L. Shull Jr., both of Essex; three daughters, Charlotte Fawles of Glen Rock, Pa., Barbara Precht of Essex and Dinah Shull of Frankford, Del.; a stepdaughter, Carol Sullivan of Berrett in Carroll County; a sister, Naomi Leagan of Hanover, Pa.; six grandchildren; and four great grandchildren.

Frank Thomas Jr., 61, insurance agency broker

Frank W. B. Thomas Jr., an insurance agency broker and community volunteer, died Tuesday of cancer at his home in Westminster. He was 61.

Owner of the Thomas Insurance Agency in Westminster until 1987, he also was a broker for the Carroll County Insurance Agency.

A former president of the Westminster Riding Club, he appeared in productions of a charity theatrical show called "September Song." He was a member of the Rotary Club of Bond's Meadow and a board member of Strawbridge Methodist Shrine in New Windsor.

Born in Westminster, Mr. Thomas was a graduate of Westminster High School and attended Wilkes College in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. He was a member of Westminster United Methodist Church, where he sang in the choir and served on church committees.

Mr. Thomas served in the Army as a military policeman in Vietnam and as an announcer for Armed Forces Radio.

He was a woodworker and played golf and tennis.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Krug Chapel at Carroll Lutheran Village, 300 St. Luke Circle, Westminster.

Mr. Thomas is survived by his wife of 36 years, the former Susan Helm; three sons, Peter Thomas of Baltimore, David Thomas of West Chester, Pa., and Steven Thomas of Los Angeles; a daughter, Kelly Chiavacci of Glen Burnie; a brother, Bill Thomas of Oakland; two sisters, Pat Zacaroli of Center Harbor, N.H., and Meg Mitchell of Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada; and five grandchildren.

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