Mildred D. Clifford, 85, ran nurse referral service...

November 03, 2001

Mildred D. Clifford, 85, ran nurse referral service

Mildred D. Clifford, who ran a nursing referral service for more than four decades, died Sunday of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma at her home in the Coventry section of Parkville. She was 85.

Born Michela Diana DePasquale, Mrs. Clifford established Clifford's Family Care Service when she was pregnant with her fourth child, Carmella Marie, in the mid-1950s after discovering a need for caregivers who could help parents with newborns.

The registry started with referrals to help with family and child care, and it later expanded to care for the elderly, said daughter Cecilia Claire Blankinship.

She ran the service up until about two weeks before her death, taking and making calls from her bed, Ms. Blankinship said.

"Her biggest concern was that people would have a nurse to help them," her daughter said.

A Baltimore native, Mrs. Clifford was a 1934 graduate of Patterson High School and attended Maryland Institute College of Art.

Before establishing the referral service, she worked for 22 years for the federal government, directing wartime rationing for the U.S. Office of Price Administration during World War II, and later working at the West Virginia Military District Headquarters and at Edgewood Arsenal.

She married Thomas Edward Clifford in the early 1950s. He died in 1993.

Mrs. Clifford loved to play the stock market and gardened and refinished furniture before she became too ill, her daughter said.

"She had so many plans," Ms. Blankinship said. "She just had so many projects going."

A memorial service will be held at 9 a.m. today at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Towson.

In addition to her daughter, Mrs. Clifford is survived by two sons, George Marion Clifford of Baltimore and Paul Kevin Clifford of San Francisco; daughters Christine Karen Clifford and Carmella Marie Fifty, both of Baltimore; a brother, Nicholas DePasquale of Orlando, Fla.; two sisters, Monica Ulhorn of Palm Beach, Fla., and Mary Grace Spinelli of Langhorne, Pa.; and three grandchildren. One son, Thomas David Clifford, died in 1996.

Linda F. DeVaughn, 40, housing case manager

Linda F. DeVaughn, a senior case manager for I Can Inc., a transitional housing program and homeless shelter in Baltimore, died Monday at Sinai Hospital of complications from surgery. The Pikesville resident was 40.

Mrs. DeVaughn helped her clients find permanent homes, secure jobs and further their education. Earlier, she worked as a case manager for the Springhill Transitional Housing Program in West Baltimore.

A Baltimore native, Linda F. White graduated from Walbrook High School in 1978 -- the year she married her childhood sweetheart, Joseph F. DeVaughn.

She graduated with honors in 1986 from Sojourner-Douglass College, where she earned a bachelor's degree in accounting and was a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority. She earned a master's degree in business administration from Coppin State College in 1999, and before becoming ill was pursuing a second MBA in human services.

Interior design was a favorite hobby, and Mrs. DeVaughn used her decorating skills to make window treatments for family and friends. She also enjoyed music, dancing and entertaining.

Memorial services will be held at 10 a.m. today at Gospel Tabernacle Baptist Church, 3100 Walbrook Ave., Baltimore.

In addition to her husband of 23 years, she is survived by two daughters, Shavon and Shamaica DeVaughn, both of Pikesville; a sister, Sandrah Brown, and three brothers, James, Larry and Michael White, all of Baltimore; and a granddaughter.

Karl Reichlin, 97, homebuilder, carpenter

Karl Reichlin, a retired homebuilder, died Tuesday of complications of cancer at Carroll Lutheran Village in Westminster. He was 97 and had lived in Warfieldsburg in Carroll County until this year.

A partner in Reichlin & Liebno, he retired about 25 years ago as a carpenter and builder who worked in the Randallstown-Woodlawn area. He designed and constructed suburban homes.

Born in Winterthur, Switzerland, he moved to the Randallstown area when he was a child. His parents owned a farm, and he attended Baltimore County public schools and studied architectural drawing at the Maryland Institute College of Art.

A member of the Swiss Club of Baltimore, he trained dogs and hunted rabbits. He also played cards and was a jazz enthusiast.

He was a member of St. James Lutheran Church in Rockdale, where he had been a member of the church council and building committee.

He is survived by his wife of 73 years, the former Freda Mae Sauter, a former hostess at Hutzler's tearoom.

Services were held yesterday in Randallstown.

He is also survived by two sons, Karl V. Reichlin of Westminster and Allen Reichlin of Denton; a sister, Lydia Callahan of Catonsville; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Bernard N. Costanza, 75, C&P Telephone manager

Bernard N. Costanza, a retired telephone company manager, died Monday of cancer at Upper Chesapeake Medical Center in Bel Air. He was 75 and lived in Abingdon.

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