Michael Gorman Mann, 20, graduate of Boys' Latin...

April 14, 2001

Michael Gorman Mann, 20, graduate of Boys' Latin

Michael Gorman Mann, a former Timonium resident and Boys' Latin School graduate, died Tuesday of injuries sustained in an automobile accident in Athens, Ga. He was 20.

Mr. Mann had lived in Athens since January, working as a cook in a restaurant.

Born in Silver Spring, he spent his early years in Crofton and Ocean City, where he was a student at Worcester Country School. In 1993, he moved to Timonium and attended St. Paul's School for Boys, where he played football and was awarded the middle school spirit award.

He transferred to Boys' Latin School, where he was captain of the varsity football team his senior year. He was awarded the school's Varsity Athletic Award for football and lacrosse for 1998-1999 and the Thomas C. Hill Award.

After graduating from Boys' Latin in 1999, he attended Lynchburg College in Virginia.

While in high school, he developed an interest in cooking. He worked part-time during his senior year as a cook at Peerce's Gourmet in Towson and at Mackey's in Ocean City.

"He was a hard worker and a sportsman. The twinkle in his eye gave a hint of his mischievous nature. But he was always ready, willing and able to lend a helping hand at a moment's notice. Above all, he was known for his gentleness with people of all ages," said Mike Gribin, his godfather, who lives in Fallston.

He was a communicant of the Catholic Community of St. Francis Xavier Roman Catholic Church, 13717 Cuba Road in Hunt Valley, where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Monday.

He is survived by his father, Walter C. Mann of Ocean City; his mother, Sharon Martin Mann of Timonium; his sister, Katherine Lindsay Horowitz of New York City; his maternal grandmother, Katherine M. Martin of Timonium; and several uncles, aunts and cousins.

Gladys M. Powell, 90, co-founded welding firm

Gladys M. Powell, a homemaker and co-founder of the American Welding Co., died Wednesday of plasmacytoma, a rare cancerous tumor, at Franklin Square Hospital Center. She was 90 and lived in Dundalk.

She founded the business in the early 1930s with her husband, John W. Powell Sr., at Eastern and Collington avenues. She handled the company's financial affairs until her husband's death in 1978.

Mrs. Powell, who had lived on Poplar Avenue for 60 years, continued driving her car and leading an independent life until her death. She was active in a number of local groups, including At Ease, Weight Watchers, sewing circles and a travel club. She also was an avid citizens band radio operator and belonged to a CB club.

Her home was always a gathering place for family and friends. "She always had a hot meal and a warm home ready for those who needed it," said a granddaughter, Robin Milligan of White Marsh. "If you were lucky, she would even make her famous peanut butter Easter eggs or chicken and dumplings."

Born Gladys Grauling and raised in Baltimore, she attended city public schools. She was a longtime member of Patapsco United Methodist Church.

Services were held yesterday at the Connelly Funeral Home of Dundalk.

She is survived by her son, John W. Powell Jr. of Carney; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Mary E. Button, 93, Sheppard Pratt nurse

Mary E. Button, a longtime charge nurse at the Sheppard and Enoch Pratt Hospital, died Wednesday of natural causes at Ivy Geriatric Center in Baltimore County. She was 93 and had lived in Denton and Baltimore before moving to Ivy Center.

A former president of a state veterans group, the Maryland Cootie Club, Mrs. Button also was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars for 60 years. Later in life, she volunteered at the House of the Pines Convalescent Center. She also was a member of the Senior Center in Chestertown.

Born Mary Hill in Denton, she attended Denton High School before moving to Baltimore and starting her nursing career at Sheppard Pratt. She retired from Sheppard Pratt in 1968.

She married Jacob R. Button Sr. in 1930. The General Electric deliveryman and repairman died in 1960.

Services for Mrs. Button were held yesterday.

She is survived by a son, Jacob R. Button Jr. of Baltimore; a daughter, Betty Legg of Chestertown; a brother, the Rev. Walter Hill of Gaithersburg; five grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Edward Hill and Steward Hill.

Margaret H. Gatzke, 86, homemaker and gardener

Margaret H. Gatzke, a homemaker and Baltimore Highlands resident since 1942, died Tuesday from complications of an infection at Harbor Hospital. She was 86.

An avid gardener, Mrs. Gatzke raised azaleas and rhododendrons at her home, giving cuttings to her neighbors for planting. She also was known for her homemade cranberry sauce and crab sauce. At Easter, she dyed her eggs with onion skins, avoiding commercial dyes.

Mrs. Gatzke also liked to entertain her grandchildren with reminiscences of bygone Baltimore.

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