Leonard W. Shinosky Sr., 86, grocery store owner...

February 16, 2002

Leonard W. Shinosky Sr., 86, grocery store owner

Leonard Walter Shinosky Sr., owner of a Northeast Baltimore grocery store, died of cancer Monday at his Towson home. He was 86.

He founded Bel-Garden Bi-Rite, a family-owned independent store in Gardenville, in 1951. The business remains in family hands.

Mr. Shinosky, who was the grocery's president and controller, worked alongside his wife of 58 years, the former Elizabeth Novak, who survives him. The couple started an in-store bakery and fresh seafood and hot foods departments.

Born in Scranton, Pa., where he attended public schools, Mr. Shinosky moved to Baltimore in 1943.

He was a former member of the Mid-Atlantic Food Dealers Association and Gardenville-Belair Road Business Association, and was a board member of Rich Food Inc.

An avid sports fan, he followed the New York Yankees.

A Mass of Christian burial was offered yesterday at Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church in Towson.

His survivors also include a son, Leonard W. Shinosky Jr. of Perry Hall; two daughters, Elizabeth Sandra Vary of Lutherville and Christine Lorraine Bird of Towson; a brother, Irving Shinosky of Pasadena; two sisters, Martha Krafsig of Mechanicsville, Pa., and Frances Steedman of Harrisburg, Pa.; and three grandchildren.

Milton R. Branson Sr., 86, city schools principal

Milton R. Branson Sr., a retired Baltimore city teacher and school principal, died Tuesday of respiratory failure at Union Memorial Hospital. He was 86.

A resident of Windsor Avenue for more than 50 years, Mr. Branson retired in 1978 from Houston-Woods Junior-Senior High, where he had been principal since 1965.

He began teaching mathematics and science at Booker T. Washington Junior High in 1939, and after World War II was special assistant at the Veterans Institute at Douglass High School.

He was promoted to assistant principal of Dunbar Junior-Senior High in the 1950s, and was principal of Carrollton Junior High. When Lombard Junior High opened in 1961, he was its first principal.

Born in Baltimore and raised on Arlington Avenue, Mr. Branson graduated from Douglass High in 1933. He sold newspapers to help pay his tuition at what is now Morgan State University and earned a bachelor's degree with honors in mathematics and chemistry in 1939. He earned a master's in secondary administration in 1947 from Columbia University.

He was an active member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and a founder of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity at Morgan State.

Services will be held at 12:30 p.m. today at the Nutter Funeral Home, 2501 Gwynns Falls Parkway.

Survivors include his wife of 61 years, the former Alice M. Wilson; a son, Milton R. Branson Jr. of Baltimore; two daughters, Sonja Swygert of Washington and Michele Palaggi of St. Paul, Minn.; and four grandchildren.

John J. Anderson Jr., 76, insurance agent

John J. Anderson Jr., a retired Nationwide insurance agent and founder of an insurance agency in Cockeysville, died Monday from complications of a stroke at Blakehurst Life Care Community in Towson. He was 76.

A Blakehurst resident since 1998, Mr. Anderson had previously lived in Cockeysville.

Mr. Anderson owned and operated Jack Anderson Insurance for 30 years until he retired in 2000.

He began his career as a salesman for Sun Life Insurance Co. and later worked for Allstate.

Born and raised in Hamilton, Mr. Anderson was a 1943 graduate of Loyola High School. He enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1943 and was discharged as a lieutenant. While serving in the Marines, he earned his bachelor's degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

He was married in 1943 to Maryellen Stelfox, who died in 1988. In 1989, he married S. Joan deBeaumont, who died in 1998.

An avid golfer, he played frequently at Pine Ridge. He also enjoyed coin collecting and genealogy.

A Mass of Christian burial was offered yesterday at St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church in Texas, Baltimore County.

Mr. Anderson is survived by two sons, John Dean Anderson of Westminster and Jordan J. Anderson of Timonium; two daughters, Mary Ellen Anderson of Phoenix, Baltimore County, and Susan Helena Anderson of Timonium; a brother, Neil J. Anderson of Chelmsford, Mass.; three sisters, Kathleen Anderson Inglis and Marjorie Rose Anderson, both of Baltimore, and Eileen A. Link of Lottsburg, Va.

Sister Mary Margarita, 96, taught for 57 years

Sister Mary Margarita, a School Sister of Notre Dame who taught for 57 years, died Monday of cerebral thrombosis at the Maria Health Care Center in Woodbrook, her order's motherhouse, where she lived. She was 96.

Born Mary Agnes Murphy in the Irvington section of Baltimore, she attended St. Joseph's Monastery Parochial School and Mount St. Agnes before graduating from the Institute of Notre Dame in East Baltimore. She studied at Duquesne University and Seton Hall University, and earned her bachelor's degree from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland in 1956.

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