Ramon Lanuza Jr., 74, NSA worker, saxophonist

March 15, 2004

Ramon Lanuza Jr., a retired government intelligence worker, died Friday at Sinai Hospital of complications of heart surgery. The Eldersburg resident was 74.

Born in Catano, Puerto Rico, he joined the Navy upon graduating from high school in Puerto Rico in 1947. He retired as a chief petty officer in 1967 and immediately began a 15-year career with the National Security Agency, continuing in the intelligence field.

He and his wife, the former Amalia Lopez, were married 54 years. They moved to Eldersburg six years ago from Silver Spring, where they had resided for 35 years.

He enjoyed playing the saxophone and playing tennis and golf.

"His true passion was his wife and children," said his daughter Jeanette Filderman of North Potomac.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church in Eldersburg.

In addition to his wife and daughter, survivors include a son, Jeff Lanuza of Woodbine; two other daughters, Janice Brice of Woodbine and Janine Villafane of Sykesville; three sisters, Blanquita Link of Florida, Maria Esther Lanuza of Puerto Rico and Maria Socorro Aponte of Arlington, Va.; and eight grandchildren.

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