Dolores L. Armstrong, 83, veterinary hospital owner...

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November 21, 2001

Dolores L. Armstrong, 83, veterinary hospital owner

Dolores L. Armstrong, retired office manager and co-owner of a Baltimore County veterinary hospital, died of cancer Saturday at Mercy Medical Center. She was 83.

Mrs. Armstrong and her husband of 53 years, Dr. Albert B. Armstrong, operated Baltimore Animal Hospital on East Joppa Road in Parkville from 1960 until closing the practice in 1975. The couple lived in the Towson area.

Dolores Esserwein was born and raised in Hampden, the daughter of a tavern owner. Family members said she was named Dolores after the United Railways and Electric Co. funeral streetcar that carried the dead and their mourners to Baltimore cemeteries between 1900 and 1927.

She was educated in Baltimore parochial schools and, during World War II, worked at the old Read Drug & Chemical Co. store at Howard and Lexington streets.

Mrs. Armstrong was an avid Colts and Orioles fan who also liked listening to big-band music, entertaining family and friends, and playing bridge.

She was a communicant of Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church.

A Mass of Christian burial was to be offered at 10 a.m. today in the chapel of Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens, 200 E. Padonia Road in Timonium.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by three daughters, Susan Goglia of Clarksville, Barbara Armstrong Green of Silver Spring and Peggy Armstrong of Washington; and five grandchildren.

Mary Rosena Plonk, 91, office manager for A&P

Mary Rosena Plonk, former office manager for the Baltimore headquarters of the Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. and an amateur artist, died of pneumonia Nov. 14 at Charlestown Retirement Community in Catonsville. She was 91.

Miss Plonk, formerly of Roland Park, had worked for more than 30 years as office manager for A&P and retired in the 1970s.

An artist who enjoyed making collages, much of her work is exhibited at the retirement community or is in resident collections. At Charlestown, she had been a member of the residents council.

Miss Plonk was born and raised in York, Pa., and was a graduate of York High School. She attended Maryland Institute College of Art.

She enjoyed visiting art museums, traveling and tending to her cat, Sugar.

No funeral is planned.

Miss Plonk is survived by a niece, Jean Carpenter of East Berlin, Pa.


Andrew McNally III, 92, who was credited with leading Rand McNally & Co. to the pinnacle of the map-making and map-publishing industry, died Thursday in Chicago. His great-grandfather was a co-founder in 1856 of the company, which originally printed guidebooks and train tickets. It expanded into map-making in 1872, and soon became the world's leading producer of cartographic materials. McNally was born in Chicago and joined the family business after graduating from Yale.

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