Margaret Elsa Athey, 85, volunteer for 40 years...

January 31, 2001

Margaret Elsa Athey, 85, volunteer for 40 years

Margaret Elsa Athey, a volunteer for more than 40 years, died Friday of pneumonia at the Roland Park Place retirement community. She was 85.

She had formerly lived in Homeland and Round Bay.

Mrs. Athey was on the board of the Maryland Society for the Prevention of Blindness and conducted vision testing for young schoolchildren. She was a longtime volunteer with Meals on Wheels and brought flowers to cheer patients at Greater Baltimore Medical Center.

She also volunteered at Church Hospital, was a Girl Scout leader and taught confirmation classes at the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, where she was a communicant for more than 50 years.

Born Margaret Elsa Stoffregen in Montclair, N.J., she graduated from the Madeira School in McLean, Va., in 1934 and from Smith College in 1938 with a degree in sociology. She was active in Smith alumnae affairs.

A former president of the Smith College Club of Baltimore, she helped organize the annual Smith College Book Sale for years and interviewed scholarship candidates.

In 1942, she married William B. Athey, who died in 1993.

She enjoyed cooking, entertaining and travel.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Church of the Redeemer, 5603 N. Charles St.

She is survived by three daughters, Lois E. Athey and Elizabeth L. Athey, both of Washington, and Susan E. Athey of Ruxton; and three sisters, Elizabeth S. May of Harvard, Mass., C. Louise Schellenberg of Scottsdale, Ariz., and C. Lois S. Carhart of LaGrange, Ill.

Carol Lough Pollack, 76, journalist, nurse

Carol Lough Pollack, a retired journalist who wrote a history of Reisterstown, died Sunday of complications from a stroke at Northwest Hospital Center in Randallstown. She was 76.

She began working as a reporter for the Times newspapers in Baltimore County in 1964. She retired in the early 1990s after stints as an editor or writer at the Northwest County News, the Tribune in Reisterstown, the Community News, the Randallstown News and the Owings Mills Times.

A former registered nurse, she had been director of the nursing service at Mount Sinai Hospital in Cleveland. She later worked at Sinai Hospital in Baltimore and was school nurse at Franklin High School.

A history buff, Mrs. Pollack wrote "Reisterstown," a history, and was founder and curator of the Reisterstown Room, which was later taken over by the Baltimore County public library system.

She was an honorary member of the Reisterstown and Glyndon volunteer fire companies and was president of the board of trustees of Lutheran Community Cemetery.

Born Carol Lough in Wheeling, W.Va., she was a Navy nurse during World War II.

She completed nurse's training at Ohio Valley General Hospital and earned a bachelor's degree at Western Reserve University in 1955.

In 1956, she married Ronald P. Pollack, who died in 1982.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. today at Eckhardt Funeral Chapel, 11605 Reisterstown Road, Owings Mills.

She is survived by a son, John R. Pollack of Jessup.

Milton J. Pimental, 82, hospital manager

Milton J. Pimental, a retired hospital manager and longtime Glyndon resident, died Jan. 24 at Stella Maris Hospice in Timonium of complications from a fall. He was 82.

Mr. Pimental retired in 1986 from St. Agnes Hospital, where he had been service department manager since 1973. Earlier, he was a production manager for 22 years at Mount Vernon Mills in Hampden, which closed in 1973.

A native of New Bedford, Mass., he served in the Army in the Pacific as a heavy-artillery surveyor during World War II.

He studied at Strayer's Business College in Baltimore and earned an accounting degree from the University of Baltimore.

In 1949, he married Dora Virginia Dunnigan, who survives him.

He was a member of Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church in Glyndon.

A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated Saturday.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a stepson, Philip "Rusty" Kirby of Lutherville; and nieces and nephews.

Ann Merrill Berman, 85, homemaker, volunteer

Ann Merrill Berman, a homemaker and longtime Northwest Baltimore resident, died Sunday of complications from a stroke at Charlestown Retirement Community in Catonsville. She was 85.

Before moving to Charlestown, Mrs. Berman lived for more than 20 years at Strathmore Tower Condominium on Park Heights Avenue.

She was active in Hadassah and the Brandeis University National Women's Committee.

Born Ann Nathanson in Scottsville, Va., she moved to Baltimore, where she graduated from Western High School in 1933.

In 1941, she married Maurice Benjamin Merrill, who died in 1964. In 1972, she married Morris Berman, who died in 1980.

She was a member of Chizuk Amuno Congregation.

Graveside services were held yesterday.

She is survived by a son, David N. Merrill of Baltimore, former U.S. ambassador to Bangladesh; a sister, Miriam Livingston of Baltimore; and four grandchildren. A son, Richard Merrill, died in 1980.

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