Kathryn L. Cole, 80, Columbia homemaker Kathryn L...

March 24, 2002

Kathryn L. Cole, 80, Columbia homemaker

Kathryn L. Cole, a homemaker and longtime Columbia resident, died Tuesday of heart failure at Vantage House. She was 80.

She was born Kathryn J. Logsdon in Calhoun, Ky., and raised in Owensboro, Ky., where she graduated from high school.

In 1942, she married Samuel Moore Logan, a 1942 graduate of the Naval Academy, who was assigned as an officer aboard the Harder, a submarine that was lost with all hands off the Philippines during World War II.

In 1946, she married Philip Patten Cole, a career Navy officer and also a member of the Naval Academy Class of 1942. He died in 1986.

FOR THE RECORD - In an obituary for Helen S. Mitchell in yesterday's editions of The Sun, the date for services was incorrect. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. April 2 at Mitchell-Wiedefeld Funeral Home, 6500 York Road. The Sun regrets the error.

In 1952, she christened the second Harder that was built by Electric Boat Corp. in New London, Conn.

After Mr. Cole's retirement in 1973, the couple settled in Columbia.

Mrs. Cole enjoyed traveling and entertaining.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. tomorrow at Christ Memorial Presbyterian Church, 6410 Amherst Ave., Columbia.

Mrs. Cole is survived by two sons, the Rev. Samuel M. Logan of Chicago, and David P. Cole of Troy, Texas; a daughter, Anne D. Cole of Baltimore; and three granddaughters.

Louis V. Catalfo Sr., 85, Beth Steel timekeeper

Louis V. Catalfo Sr., a retired timekeeper and sports fan, died Monday of liver disease at Mercy Medical Center. He was 85.

Mr. Catalfo, the son of Sicilian immigrants, was born and raised in Little Italy. He attended Mergenthaler Vocational-Technical High School and later dropped out of Calvert Hall College to help support his family.

Until retiring in 1978, he worked for 44 years as a timekeeper at Bethlehem Steel Corp.'s Sparrows Point plant.

Mr. Catalfo, who lived in the 1000 block of Fawn St., was an avid Colts and Orioles fan. When he was a younger man, he was a member of sandlot baseball and softball teams.

No services will be held for Mr. Catalfo, who willed his body to the George Washington University Medical School.

Mr. Catalfo is survived by his wife of 57 years, the former Palma Granese; a son, Louis V. Catalfo Jr. of Bel Air; a sister, Anna M. Bordine of Dundalk; and two grandchildren.

Dorothea Louise Witten, 81, operating room nurse

Dorothea Louise Witten, a retired operating room nurse whose career at Sinai Hospital spanned 30 years, died Thursday of cancer at North Oaks Retirement Community in Pikesville. She was 81.

Dorothea Louise Walters was born in East Baltimore and raised in Forest Park. A 1937 graduate of Western High School, she earned her bachelor's degree in nursing in 1942 from the Sinai Hospital School of Nursing.

That year, she began her career as an operating room nurse at Sinai, which was then on East Monument Street across from Johns Hopkins Hospital. She continued working at the hospital after it moved to West Belvedere Avenue near Pimlico in 1959. She retired in 1972.

As president of the Sinai Nurses Alumnae Association, she spent "much of her life promoting professional development and solidarity among several generations of Sinai Hospital nurses," said her son, Samuel M. Witten of Chevy Chase.

Mrs. Witten, who had lived on Prince George Road in Pikesville for 30 years before moving to the retirement community in 1996, had been active in many Jewish and civic organizations.

She was a member of Beth Tfiloh Congregation and Congregation Beth Am, and had volunteered with Liberty Jewish Center, Liberty Senior Center and Pikesville Senior Citizens' Guild.

She was also a member of Hadassah and the Women's Organization for Rehabilitation and Training.

She was married in 1945 to Benjamin Witten, an Edgewood Arsenal research chemist who died in 1976.

Services will be held at noon today at Sol Levinson & Bros., 8900 Reisterstown Road.

In addition to her son, Mrs. Witten is survived by another son, N. David Witten of Clifton, N.J.; a daughter, Sarah L. Witten of Baltimore; a brother, Jerome Walters of Baltimore; and three grandchildren.

Helen S. Mitchell, 92, hospital information clerk

Helen S. Mitchell, who for many years helped visitors from behind the information desk at Union Memorial Hospital, died Friday of congestive heart failure at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury. She was 92.

Born Helen Smithson in Forest Hill, she graduated from Bel Air High School and was trained as a medical secretary.

She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and Second Presbyterian Church in Baltimore. She moved from Baltimore to Salisbury a year ago.

Her husband of 44 years, Mahlon B. Mitchell, died in 1983.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Mitchell-Wiedefeld Funeral Home, 6500 York Road. Burial will be in Druid Ridge Cemetery.

Survivors include two daughters, Sally Mitchell Baldwin of Triangle, Va., and Carolyn Mitchell Molenda of Salisbury; eight grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a stepson, Mahlon B. Mitchell Jr., and a brother, James Harold Smithson.

Irene Brown Caughy, 80, homemaker, volunteer

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