Sancho Herrera Contreras, 77, Arundel civil engineer

March 17, 2003

Sancho Herrera Contreras, a civil engineer for Anne Arundel County, died Friday of pulmonary fibrosis at North Arundel Hospital. He was 77.

Known as "Ching," the Annapolis resident worked for the county Department of Public Works from 1974 to 1994, designing parks in the Severna Park and Annapolis areas.

Born in Manila, he earned a bachelor of science degree in engineering from the Mapua Institute of Technology in the Philippines in 1946. He immigrated to the United States in 1973.

Mr. Contreras participated in a charismatic prayer group at St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church in Severna Park.

He was a member of the parish council of St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church in Annapolis, where he was active in the Legion of Mary. He also worshipped at St. John Neumann Roman Catholic Church in Annapolis.

Mr. Contreras enjoyed reading religious articles and listening to religious music.

He married Vicenta Arnante in 1957.

He was a member of the Knights of Columbus in Baltimore and Edgewater.

A funeral Mass will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. John Neumann Roman Catholic Church, 620 Bestgate Road, Annapolis.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sisters, Isabel Crisostomo and Adelaida Contreras, both of the Philippines.

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