Sister Mary Lucy, 87, educator, piano teacher Sister...

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December 03, 2001

Sister Mary Lucy, 87, educator, piano teacher

Sister Mary Lucy Harrison, a Franciscan nun who taught and ministered at a number of schools in the Baltimore archdiocese, died Wednesday at Assisi House in Aston, Pa. She was 87.

Sister Lucy taught and held other education-related duties for more than 40 years in Baltimore parochial schools. They included St. Vincent, from 1933 to 1938; SS. Philip and James, from 1938 to 1946; Shrine of the Little Flower, from 1957 to 1967; St. Katharine, from 1980 to 1984; and St. Clement, from 1984 to 1998.

A native of Baltimore, she started her classroom work locally in 1931 at Immaculate Conception School in Towson.

She entered the order of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia in 1931. She earned a bachelor's degree in education from Mount St. Mary's College in Emmitsburg.

Sister Lucy also taught in Warrington, Fla.; Wilmington, Del.; Augusta, S.C.; and at the Assisi House in Aston. Besides her work in elementary education, she taught piano for 47 years.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 11 a.m. today at the Assisi House in Aston. Burial will be in Our Lady of Angels Cemetery.

Survivors include a niece and two nephews.

Donations in her name can be made to Franciscan Ministries Foundation, 609 S. Convent Road, Aston, Pa., 19014.

Katherine Bertha Leonard, 87, homemaker, secretary

Katherine Bertha Leonard, a homemaker, died Nov. 26 at Genesis Eldercare in Severna Park. The Arnold resident was 87.

Born in Baltimore, the former Katherine Ross was a homemaker who lived in Northwood and Catonsville before moving to Arnold. In Catonsville, she worked as a secretary for a dentist.

Mrs. Leonard was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, a parishioner of Asbury United Methodist Church and a former member of Northwood Appold Methodist Church. She enjoyed gardening and crafts.

She was married in 1935 to John F. Leonard, who died in 1966.

Funeral services were Thursday.

She is survived by two daughters, Gail L. Marchand of Hilton Head, S.C., and Donna L. Norman of Severna Park; a brother, Edgar Ross of Baltimore; two sisters, Amelia Sprecher of Catonsville and Mamie Mersinger of Parkville; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

The family suggested memorial contributions to Asbury United Methodist Church, 78 Church Road, Arnold 21012.

Grace W. Tausendschoen, 86, B&O Teletype operator

Grace W. Tausendschoen, a former Teletype operator for the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, died of congestive heart failure Nov. 26 at Charlestown Retirement Community in Catonsville, where she had lived since 1990. She was 86.

Born Grace Westervelt in Halethorpe, she had been married and divorced as a young woman, and she raised six children on her own in Catonsville and then Arbutus. She worked as a Teletype operator for the B&O Railroad, now part of CSX Corp., until retiring in the 1970s.

Mrs. Tausendschoen enjoyed poetry, painting and ceramics, and was a volunteer during services at Our Lady of the Angels Catholic Community Chapel, where services were held Friday.

She was married in 1954 to Frederick Tausendschoen, who died about 1988. Two sons, James Crook and David Crook, and a daughter, Carol Bayliff, are deceased.

Surviving are three daughters, Grace Howard of Smyrna, Del., Betty Sharpe of Spartanburg, S.C., and Marjorie Hennig of Annapolis; 14 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.

The family suggested memorial donations to the Charlestown Scholars' Fund, 711 Maiden Choice Lane, Catonsville 21228.


Kal Mann, 84, who wrote the lyrics for "Let's Twist Again" and other dance hits, died Wednesday in Philadelphia. With composer Dave Appell, he also wrote songs including "South Street," "Bristol Stomp," "Wild One" and "Wah-Watusi," recorded by artists such as the Orlons, Dee Dee Sharp and Bobby Rydell.

"Kal Mann was responsible for the dance crazes of the late '50s and early '60s," said Philadelphia disc jockey Jerry Blavat. The tunes, popular in Philadelphia, were performed on Dick Clark's American Bandstand and wound up becoming national hits.

Mr. Mann started in the 1940s as a comedy writer for Danny Thomas, Red Buttons and Jack Leonard. In the late 1950s, Bernie Lowe, who co-founded Cameo-Parkway Records in South Philadelphia, convinced Mr. Mann that if he could write comic parodies, he could write lyrics.

Budd Boetticher, 85, a former matador who moved to Hollywood in the 1940s and became one of the most revered Western movie directors of all time, died Thursday at his home in Ramona, Calif., of complications from surgery.

Although a relative unknown to the general public, he was hailed by some of Hollywood's most prominent directors, including Sam Peckinpah, who claimed to have seen his Bullfighter and the Lady 10 times.

Other Boetticher-directed films included Seven Men From Now, The Tall T, Decision at Sundown and Buchanon Rides Alone.

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