Emma Jane Thornton, 83, worked with young people Emma...

January 10, 2002

Emma Jane Thornton, 83, worked with young people

Emma Jane Thornton, a retired catering server who also worked with troubled children, died Sunday at Sinai Hospital of complications from an infection. She was 83 and lived in Northwest Baltimore.

For 30 years, she prepared and served food for area caterers. She retired in 1978 from Schleider Caterers.

Born Emma Jane Carter in Greenville, N.C., she was raised on Hoffman Street and attended Douglass High School.

She worked for many years in the state's Foster Grandparents Program at the Waxter Center in Laurel. Her work with troubled youths earned her a 1999 letter of recognition from President Bill Clinton.

She power-walked daily throughout Northwest Baltimore.

In 1936, she married Buster Thornton, a mechanic who died in 1985. She was a founder of the McCulloh Homes Mothers' Club in the 1940s, when she was raising her family in the city public housing development. She lived there for much of her life.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, 214 S. Loudon Ave., Irvington, where she had been a member, worked in the kitchen and served on the usher and deaconess boards.

She is survived by two sons, Leonard and Vernon Thornton; three daughters, Rona Melton, Vernice Hayes and Elmira Thornton; and a sister, Sarah Majors, all of Baltimore; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Eugene Cochran Lacey, 58, environmental engineer

Eugene Cochran Lacey, an environmental engineer and former Baltimore resident, died of cancer Friday at University Hospital in Albuquerque, N.M. He was 58.

Until moving to Albuquerque late last year, Mr. Lacey had worked for ACGS Engineering in Long Beach, Calif., for 12 years, specializing in water, waste and hazardous waste engineering. Earlier, he had worked in Alaska for five years.

Mr. Lacey was born in Baltimore and raised in the city's Woodbourne section. He was a 1961 graduate of Loyola High School. He earned his bachelor's degree in engineering from Loyola College in 1965, and a master's degree from the University of Maryland, College Park. He served in the Army Reserves for six years.

Services were held yesterday in Albuquerque.

Mr. Lacey is survived by his wife of 12 years, the former Sherrie Hill; a son, Scott Lacey of Baltimore; a daughter, Keri Lacey of Randallstown; a sister, Barbara Morley of Kingsville; a grandson; and a stepson, Phillip Saxon of Albuquerque.

Kathleen Ann Meisz, 57, dental aide, hiking guide

Kathleen Ann Meisz, a dental assistant and hiking guide, died Sunday of ovarian cancer at the Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care. She was 57 and lived in Rodgers Forge.

Born Kathleen Ann Rollinger in Baltimore and raised in Woodlawn, she was a 1963 graduate of Seton High School and attended Towson University. She was a certified dental assistant, working in the Towson office of Dr. Thomas Baldwin.

Active in Scouting and the Red Cross, she also led hikes for the Sierra Club in the Gunpowder Falls Valley, at Chincoteague and along the Appalachian Trail. She organized numerous Rodgers Forge community picnics and raised money for the Towson High Booster Band Fund.

In 1993, she married Carroll Meisz, a salesman, who survives her. A previous marriage to Robert Flater ended in divorce.

A memorial Mass will be offered at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Pius X Roman Catholic Church, where she was a Eucharistic minister.

In addition to her husband, survivors include two sons, Mark E. Flater of Laurel and Craig S. Flater of Columbia; a daughter, Kimberly J. Flater of White Marsh; a stepson, John Meisz of Fallston; a stepdaughter, Theresa Meisz of New Orleans, La.; two brothers, Gerald S. Rollinger of Mount Airy and John Rollinger of Abingdon; five sisters, Margaret Early of Bel Air, Mary Lou Krozack of Pasadena, Patricia Schuster of Seaford, Del., Lynn Rollinger of Abingdon and Carole A. Luber of Mount Airy; and a granddaughter.

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