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By Chris Kaltenbach, The Baltimore Sun | December 7, 2010
Mary, the 24-year-old matriarch of the Maryland Zoo's giraffe herd, was euthanized Tuesday following a three-year bout with arthritis. "About two and a half years ago, she started showing signs of arthritis," zoo spokeswoman Jane Ballentine said. "The staff worked to manage her pain, keep her comfortable. But a few weeks ago, she seemed to become more uncomfortable, shifting her weight from leg to leg. "Her condition progressed very rapidly," she added. "As the days went on, they realized the treatments they were using just really weren't working for Mary.
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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | April 28, 2014
Rita Anne Corasaniti Ayd, the matriarch of a family of 102 direct descendants, died of heart failure April 23 at a daughter's northern Baltimore County home. She was 92 and had lived in the Lake Falls area. Rita Anne Corasaniti was the daughter of Virginia Lavezza, a homemaker whose parents were from Genoa, Italy, and Joseph M. Corasaniti, an executive at Arundel Construction Co. She was born in Baltimore and lived on Eastern Avenue in Little Italy and on Traymore Road in Hamilton.
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May 13, 2006
Amy E. Davis, a retired nurse who was the matriarch of a family with 66 descendants, died of complications from a stroke and a heart attack May 6 at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care. The East Towson resident was 103. Born Amy Elbertha Brown in Saluda County, S.C., she moved to Baltimore County at the time of her 1923 marriage to George W. Davis. Mr. Davis died in 1988. Mrs. Brown was a nurse at the old Eudowood Sanitarium in Towson and later did domestic work for Towson families. On her 100th birthday on Sept.
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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | March 31, 2014
Lorraine D. Mihok, a retired John Carroll School office administrator, died March 6 at Symphony Manor Assisted Living of complications from a fall following a stroke she suffered in 2012. The Forest Hill resident was 75. Born Lorraine Dailey in Baltimore, she was the daughter of Irving Dailey, a trucking firm owner, and Stella Dailey, a homemaker. Raised on East Preston Street, she was a 1956 graduate of the Catholic High School of Baltimore, where she excelled academically. She became a Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. secretary and worked at its Lexington Street headquarters.
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By Jonathan Bor and Jonathan Bor,SUN STAFF | July 21, 2002
Dorothy C. Weinberg, a former businesswoman and the matriarch of a large extended family with roots in Baltimore, died Wednesday of sepsis at Sinai Hospital. She was 95. She had lived in Pikesville for more than 50 years, spending the last two years at the Great Oaks Retirement Community. With three sons, eight grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren, Mrs. Weinberg was also revered by relatives and friends who sought her counsel. "She was matriarch for nieces and nephews and from coast to coast and border to border, and it didn't stop there," said her son, Dr. Carroll A. Weinberg, a psychiatrist who lives in Wynnewood, Pa. She was born and raised in Baltimore, living above the Politzer's Paint and Hardware Store at Gay and Monument streets.
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By Peter Hermann and Peter Hermann,Sun Staff Writer | November 18, 1994
The man accused of decapitating the matriarch of a Gypsy family Wednesday had sought advice from the East Baltimore fortune-teller several times, but police said yesterday they had not determined a motive for the slaying.Douglas Thomas Clark, 28, refused to talk to homicide detectives. But police said that several "unsolicited statements" he made at Johns Hopkins Hospital -- after an apparent suicide attempt -- led rescue workers and nurses to believe he was involved in the killing.Mr. Clark was taken into custody Wednesday morning -- about two hours after the body of Deborah Stevens was found in her Pulaski Highway home -- when he tried to throw himself under a moving Amtrak train.
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January 15, 2007
Mary Violet "Vi" Piracci, matriarch of a well-known Baltimore family, died of complications of old age Thursday at Brighton Gardens in Towson. The former Baltimore resident was 90. The daughter of a streetcar conductor, she would often regale her grandchildren with stories of riding the rails with her father, Harry Campbell, who would introduce her to the passengers. She attended Baltimore public schools. Mrs. Piracci was the widow of Dominic A. Piracci Sr., a contractor who built many of the area's public buildings, including the Morris A. Mechanic Theatre and the Hirshhorn Museum at the Smithsonian Institution.
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By JACQUES KELLY and JACQUES KELLY,SUN REPORTER | February 17, 2006
Elsie V. Brown, a retired Baltimore and Ohio Railroad passenger car cleaner and matriarch of a five-generation family of 109 descendants, died of complications from heart disease and a stroke Sunday at Keswick Multi-Care Center. The Pimlico-area resident was 91. Born Elsie Victoria Johnson on Henrietta Street in South Baltimore, she attended city public schools through the eighth grade. She was a lifelong member of John Wesley United Methodist Church and often recalled her baptism in Rock Creek at the old Brown's Grove, a segregated Anne Arundel County waterfront park that was served by segregated excursion steamers from the Inner Harbor.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen and Frederick N. Rasmussen,SUN STAFF | October 2, 2000
Frances Wilke Haussner, matriarch of the venerable Highlandtown restaurant that was as revered for its Teutonic cuisine as for its eclectic art collection, died early yesterday of kidney failure at College Manor in Lutherville. She was 91 and had been in failing health. Until its closing last year, Haussner's Restaurant, which had been founded by her husband, master chef William Henry Haussner, in 1926 and where calorie counting was never in vogue, kept Baltimoreans happily stuffed with German and Maryland dishes for 73 years.
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February 8, 2007
CONCETTA GRUCCI, 88 Fireworks matriarch Concetta Grucci, the matriarch of a family-run fireworks company that produced programs for presidential inaugurations and the Statue of Liberty centennial, died Monday in Brookhaven, N.Y. Mrs. Grucci oversaw the century-old business after the 1993 death of her husband, Felix Grucci, whose grandfather had founded it, the company Web site says.
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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | November 2, 2013
Leith Symington Griswold, matriarch of the Symington and Griswold families, who was an accomplished equestrienne, died of heart failure Tuesday at her Monkton home. She was 97. Born in Baltimore, she was the daughter of John Fife "Jack" Symington, an industrialist and sportsman, and Arabella Hambleton Symington, who served on charitable boards. Mrs. Griswold grew up on the family's Lutherville farm, Tallwood, and graduated from the Bryn Mawr School. She attended the Peabody Conservatory of Music and a school in Rome.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | June 28, 2013
Eva P. Brooks, a retired Baltimore County public schools educator who with other family members successfully traced their ancestry to Colonial Virginia, died June 21 of heart failure at St. Agnes Hospital. The longtime Catonsville resident was 101. "You couldn't find a better person. I'm 90 years old, and I've never met anyone like her," said Precious Walton, a longtime friend who lives in Woodlawn. "Only God is perfect, but she was pretty close. I never saw her get angry, and if you said or did something wrong, she'd say in a kind way, 'Now Precious, you know that's not right.' And if you did something right, she'd smile and praise you," said Ms. Walton.
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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | January 29, 2013
Hattie Harrison, the matriarch of East Baltimore politics who often greeted colleagues as "Baby" and was known for her signature curled hair and Southern cooking, will be remembered at a funeral at noon Feb. 9. Mrs. Harrison died of heart disease complications Monday at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. She was 84. Appointed to the House of Delegates representing the 45th District in 1973 and re-elected thereafter, she was the oldest member of the General Assembly. She was also the longest-serving member of the House of Delegates and the first African-American woman to chair a major committee, Rules and Executive Nominations.
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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun and Baltimore Sun reporter | May 3, 2011
Rose Helen O'Doherty, an accomplished golfer and family matriarch, died of pneumonia April 18 at Howard County General Hospital. The Ellicott City resident was 82. Born Rose Helen Huggins in Baltimore, she was raised on North Monroe Street and attended St. Gregory's School. She was a 1946 Western High School graduate. While attending a local business college, she met her future husband, Patrick Anthony O'Doherty, a trial attorney. They lived in Irvington and later in an old home called Maple Lodge in the Paradise section of Catonsville.
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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | April 22, 2011
Joan C. Moag, a family matriarch who started a successful home wallpapering business on a whim, died of complications of cancer and Alzheimer's disease Monday at the Blakehurst Retirement Community. She was 78 and had lived in Tuscany-Canterbury. Born Joan Swanson in Chicago, she attended Aquinas High School and Loyola University of Chicago. She married John Andrew Moag, a neighbor who lived on the same block, in 1953. They spent their honeymoon in Paris and lived for a year in Heidelberg, Germany, where he was stationed with the Army.
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By Chris Kaltenbach, The Baltimore Sun | December 7, 2010
Mary, the 24-year-old matriarch of the Maryland Zoo's giraffe herd, was euthanized Tuesday following a three-year bout with arthritis. "About two and a half years ago, she started showing signs of arthritis," zoo spokeswoman Jane Ballentine said. "The staff worked to manage her pain, keep her comfortable. But a few weeks ago, she seemed to become more uncomfortable, shifting her weight from leg to leg. "Her condition progressed very rapidly," she added. "As the days went on, they realized the treatments they were using just really weren't working for Mary.
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March 30, 2000
Helen Martin, 90, a character actress who played an elderly neighbor in the mid-1980s television series "227" and Halle Berry's matriarch in the political comedy movie "Bulworth," died Saturday in Monterey, Calif. An original member of Harlem's American Negro Theater, Ms. Martin was one of the first black actresses to appear on Broadway, when Orson Welles cast her
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June 20, 2000
Nancy Marchand, 71, who played the scheming matriarch of a Mafia family on "The Sopranos" and the patrician publisher Mrs. Pynchon on television's "Lou Grant," died of lung cancer Sunday night at her home, an HBO spokeswoman said Monday. Marchand also appeared on numerous TV shows, including "Homicide: Life on the Street."
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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | December 3, 2010
Alice Colbert, who lived to 104 and cooked and cut her own grass until 10 years ago, died of respiratory failure Sunday at her West Baltimore home. Born Alice Sealy on Aug. 3, 1906, in West Baltimore, she was orphaned as a young child and was raised by her father's mother, whom she called Grandma Sealy. "Alice knew and often visited her mother's family. She especially loved going to see her maternal grandma, Victoria Butler, who worked as a domestic housekeeper for several families in Towson," said her granddaughter, Paula Law of Chester, Va. "Alice was especially fond of Grandma Butler, who would visit with her every Thursday and bring her a whole nickel if she had been good that week.
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