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December 04, 2001

Genevieve A. Owens, 88, Belvedere housekeeper

Genevieve A. Owens, a former member of the Belvedere Hotel housekeeping staff, died Saturday of undetermined causes at Manor Care Health Services in Towson. She was 88.

A resident of Cherry Hill for more than 40 years, Mrs. Owens had been a member of the Belvedere staff from 1945 until retiring in 1970.

Genevieve Summerville was born and raised in East Baltimore and attended Dunbar High School.

Her husband of 65 years, Wilbert Owens, died in 1997.

Mrs. Owens collected glassware and enjoyed entertaining and spending time with her family.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Faith Presbyterian Church, 5400 Loch Raven Blvd.

Mrs. Owens is survived by six daughters, Elizabeth Jones, Eloise McArthur, Delevena Brown and Carletta Brown, all of Baltimore, Barbara Henderson of Ellicott City and Elaine Butler of Quincy, Mass.; 18 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and 10 great-great-grandchildren.

Gregory H. Pelesh, 55, archpriest, USAF chaplain

Archpriest Gregory H. Pelesh, a retired Russian Orthodox chaplain in the Air Force, died Friday of a heart attack at his Ellicott City home. He was 55.

Mr. Pelesh was appointed an Air Force chaplain in 1970 and served at installations at San Antonio, Omaha, Neb., Germany and Japan. Before his retirement last year he had been chaplain to the director's staff at the National Security Agency at Fort Meade.

He was elevated to archpriest in 1989.

Born in Baltimore, Mr. Pelesh was raised on Fairmount Avenue on the city's east side and in Detroit. He earned a bachelor's degree in sociology from St. Vincent's College in Latrobe, Pa., graduated in 1969 from St. Tikhon's Theological Seminary in South Canaan, Pa., and received a master's degree in family relations from the University of North Carolina in Greensboro in 1980.

He enjoyed working in stained-glass art, skiing and playing golf.

A funeral liturgy will be held at 10 a.m. today at St. Tikhon's Monastery in South Canaan.

He is survived by his wife of 32 years, the former Diane Dirga; a son, Gregory H. Pelesh III of Columbia; a daughter, Daria Fish of Williamsport, Pa.; a brother, Eugene Pelesh of Kingston, Pa.; a sister, Joan P. Lengel of Moscow, Pa.; and a grandson.

Carol Sue Kramer, 61, sold rare Maryland duck decoys

Carol Sue Kramer, a retired speech pathologist who sold rare Maryland duck decoys, died Saturday of lymphoma at her Pikesville home. She was 61.

She retired in 1998 as a speech pathologist at Fallstaff Middle School in Northwest Baltimore, where she had been a faculty member for 15 years. She also founded an honors society and a mentoring program between pupils and professionals in the community.

She joined the city school system in 1961 and earlier held posts at Pimlico Junior High and Edgecombe Circle Elementary.

Born Carol Sue Waghelstein in Baltimore and raised in Forest Park, she was a 1957 graduate of Forest Park High School. She earned her bachelor's and master's degrees in speech pathology at University of Maryland, College Park.

"She was a loving, caring and generous person," said her son, Dr. Andrew Kramer of Baltimore.

She and her husband of 33 years, Dr. Morton D. Kramer, owned and managed Kramer's Decoys, a company that traded in carved decoys depicting waterfowl and other birds.

Mrs. Kramer also was a volunteer with Pets on Wheels.

Services were held yesterday.

In addition to her husband and son, she is survived by a daughter, Dr. Rachel Kramer of Baltimore; her stepmother, Betty Waghelstein of Baltimore; a stepbrother, Stephen Cole of Baltimore; and two stepsisters, Shelley Morhaim of Owings Mills and Nancy Abrams of Baltimore.

Thomas Brendan Murphy, 72, union official

Thomas Brendan Murphy, a retired United Steelworkers union official, died Saturday of heart failure at his home in the Mill Hill section of Southwest Baltimore. He was 72.

Mr. Murphy negotiated contracts for United Steelworkers of America District 8, based in the 3700 block of Eastern Ave., and represented locals in Maryland before his 1992 retirement.

Earlier, he worked at Revere Copper & Brass Inc. on Wicomico Street, where he was an official of the local unit of the United Mineworkers of America.

Born in Baltimore and raised on Dover Street, he was a 1946 graduate of St. Martin's High School. He served in the Navy in the late 1940s.

Known as Brendan, he was a brother of Joseph Patrick Murphy, a 6th District City Council member who died in 1982.

Mr. Murphy was a member of St. Benedict Roman Catholic Church, where he was an usher.

"He stood there, friendly and smiling," said the Rev. Paschal A. Morlino, a Benedictine priest who is the church's pastor.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Benedict Church, 2612 Wilkens Ave.

He is survived by a brother, George Michael Reeb of Cockeysville; two sisters, Rita McCurley of Baltimore and Margaret Mulcare of Relay; and many nephews and nieces.

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