Helen A. Grotz, 92, homemaker, volunteer Helen A...

April 12, 2001

Helen A. Grotz, 92, homemaker, volunteer

Helen A. Grotz, a homemaker and volunteer, died Sunday from complications of a stroke at Roland Park Place. She was 92.

Before moving to the Roland Park retirement community in 1997, Mrs. Grotz was a longtime Guilford resident.

Mrs. Grotz had been a member of the Women's Board of the now-closed Children's Hospital and also had volunteered with the YWCA and McKim Center Meeting House in Baltimore.

Born Helen A. VanDusen in New York City, she was raised in Haworth, N.J., where she graduated from high school. She attended New Jersey State Women's College, now Douglass College, and graduated from Katherine Gibbs School in New York.

She was a secretary at Guaranty Trust Co. in New York before her marriage in 1934 to W. Arthur Grotz Sr., a banker with the old Chase National Bank.

In 1952, Mr. Grotz was named president of Western Maryland Railway, and the couple moved to Guilford from Ridgewood, N.J., where they had lived. He died in 1999.

Mrs. Grotz was an avid reader and bridge player. She also played golf at the Elkridge Club and Baltimore Country Club and enjoyed traveling by steamship.

She was a member of Second Presbyterian Church, St. Paul Street and Stratford Road, where a memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. today.

Mrs. Grotz is survived by a son, W. Arthur Grotz Jr. of Ellicott City; a daughter, Patricia Ann Baker of Ruxton; a sister, Harriet Rogers of Longboat Key, Fla.; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Sister Immaculate Heart, 75, schoolteacher

Sister Mary Immaculate Heart Ponce, O.S.P., a former faculty member of St. Frances Academy in East Baltimore, died Saturday of heart failure at Resurrection Convent in Montgomery, Ala. She was 75.

An elementary school educator, Sister Immaculate Heart also taught Spanish and at her death was a faculty member of Resurrection parochial school in Montgomery, where she had taught since 1994.

She began her teaching career in Havana in 1954. She also held teaching assignments at Holy Comforter School and St. Augustine School, both in Washington, and parochial schools in Michigan, New York and Wisconsin.

Mercedes Ignacia Ponce, who was born in Cardenas, Cuba, received a bachelor of science degree from Edgewood College of the Sacred Heart in Madison, Wis., and a master's in elementary education from Catholic University in Washington.

She entered the Oblate Sisters of Providence in 1951.

She enjoyed baking, decorating cakes and crocheting.

A Mass of Christian burial was offered yesterday.

She is survived by three brothers, Jose Ponce and Adrian Ponce, both of Cuba, and Alfredo Ponce of Chicago; and many nephews and nieces.

Florence A. Rusnak, 77, Crown Cork clerical worker

Florence A. Rusnak, a retired clerical worker and an avid duckpin bowler, died Monday of cancer at the home of a niece in Essex. She was 77.

Mrs. Rusnak, who had lived in Dundalk for 48 years, retired in 1989 from Crown Cork & Seal Co. Inc. in East Baltimore, where she had worked in the accounts payable department for 25 years.

Born Florence Abendschein in Highlandtown, she was a 1942 graduate of Patterson High School. In 1953, she married Andrew Rusnak, who died in 1977.

Mrs. Rusnak bowled for years in leagues at Pinland in Dundalk, where she counted among her friends Elizabeth "Toots" Barger, the "Queen of the Duckpins."

Services will be held at 8 p.m. today at Connelly Funeral Home, 7110 Sollers Point Road at Delvale Avenue.

She is survived by a niece, Joan M. Wood of Essex.

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