Hattie Mathilda Seward, 73, Baltimore teacher Hattie...

October 15, 2001

Hattie Mathilda Seward, 73, Baltimore teacher

Hattie Mathilda Seward, a retired Baltimore City teacher, died Wednesday of complications from Alzheimer's disease and renal failure at Forest Haven Nursing Home in Baltimore.

She was 73 and was a lifelong city resident.

The first of nine children, Hattie Mathilda Johnson married her childhood sweetheart, Herbert Seward Jr., in 1951. He died in 1976.

She attended Morgan State University for about two years, then worked for about 10 years at Social Security Administration offices in Market Place. She earned a bachelor's degree at Coppin State College in 1959.

She then began a 29-year career as a teacher at city elementary schools.

In 1968, she was selected to be an adviser to teacher aides at Westside Elementary School, where she was teaching, and developed the curriculum used by aides at the school.

After she retired, she often would tutor children in her Walbrook home.

She was active in Shiloh African Methodist Episcopal Church in Baltimore, where she led the youth choir, was president of the missionary society and served on the steward board. She also was a senior secretary and treasurer of the Clara E. Harris Missionary Society of the Baltimore Conference of the AME Church.

Services will be at 11 a.m. tomorrow at the church in the 2600 block of Lyndhurst St.

She is survived by two sons, Michael Seward of Wichita, Kan., and Herbert Seward III of Baltimore; five daughters, Fanetta Barr, Roberta Johnson, Marguerite Savage, Linda Bailey and Andrea Savage, all of Baltimore; three sisters, Alice Logan, Elsie Faconer and Frances Johnson, all of Baltimore; four brothers, Leroy Johnson, John Johnson, Stansbury Johnson and James Johnson, all of Baltimore; 15 grandchildren; and two great-grandsons.

Richard A. Houck, 77, executive for Chevron

Richard A. Houck, a retired supply and distribution executive for Chevron USA, died Wednesday of cancer at his Hunt Valley home. He was 77.

Born and raised in Baltimore, he graduated from Polytechnic Institute in 1943.

He joined the Marines in 1943 and served during World War II in the Marianas and Marshall Islands. He also participated in the invasion of Okinawa and was training for the invasion of Japan when the war ended.

He was honorably discharged in 1945 and attended Western Maryland College, where he earned a teaching degree in 1949.

He taught junior and senior high school in Mount Airy until 1951, when he went to work for Standard Oil of California, which became Chevron USA. He worked in Baltimore, San Francisco and Houston before he retired in 1985.

His wife of 23 years, the former Eileen Schultz, died in 1969. In 1974, he married Norma E. Taylor Goonan.

He was a member of Towson American Legion Post 22, where he was a vice commander and historian. He also was a member of the Parkville Post of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

In retirement, he volunteered in Baltimore County libraries and took schoolchildren on nature walks at Oregon Ridge Park.

He was a member and volunteer at Faith Lutheran Church, on Sherwood Road in Cockeysville, where services will be held at 11 a.m. today.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by three sons, Richard A. Houck Jr. of Highland, Dr. Michael W. Houck of Wichita Falls, Texas, and David A. Houck of Hanover, Pa.; two stepsons, Thomas Goonan of Carney and Brian Goonan of Poway, Calif.; three stepdaughters, Linda Veach of Timonium, Patricia Goonan of Cockeysville and Ellen Luzarraga of Timonium; 15 grandchildren; and one great-grandson.

Ottorino Felluca, 69, lawyer, consul of Italy

Ottorino Felluca, a city lawyer who served as consul of Italy in Baltimore, died Friday of lung cancer at University of Maryland Medical Center.

The Glen Burnie resident was 69.

A native of Rome, Mr. Felluca moved to the United States in 1948 and served in the Army from 1953 to 1955 as a medic and paratrooper in Germany with the 101st Airborne Division.

He earned a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Maryland in 1958 and a law degree from the University of Maryland in 1961.

He practiced law in Baltimore from 1961 until he retired in 1987.

In 1965, he was appointed consul of Italy in Baltimore, a part-time diplomatic post that involved assisting Italian nationals and visiting dignitaries in their dealings with U.S. government officials.

He served in that position for 18 years.

In retirement, he traveled extensively with his wife of 46 years, Giovanna Felluca.

Services are scheduled at 10 a.m. today at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Glen Burnie.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Ronald B. Felluca of Glen Burnie; a daughter, Dr. Evelyn S. Felluca of Vienna, Va.; and two grandchildren.

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