December 28, 2006
To hear them tell the story, it was a classic case of love at first fight. In the early 1970s, Ralph Friedgen and Gloria Spina were graduate students at the University of Maryland, both pursuing master's degrees in education. They had mutual friends, and a mutual interest in each other. They had flirted a bit, shared a cup of coffee in the student union, and eyed each other during a badminton match in one of their physical education classes. She had grown up around sports, considered herself a jock, and though she lacked confidence, this guy made her laugh.
April 28, 2006
On April 23, 2006, EDWARD F. ALLEN; "ED", loving father of Jean Marie and her husband Steve Andrulonis, Mark and his wife Michele Allen, Angie and her husband Scott Ryan, Cate Allen and Beth Allen; devoted granddad of ten grandchildren. Also survived by his sister Jean Spina and brother Walter Allen. A Memorial Service will be held at the family owned AMBROSE FUNERAL HOME, INC., 1328 Sulphur Spring Road, Arbutus, on Friday at 4 P.M. www.ambrosefuneralhomes.com
January 31, 2006
Nearly 8 million children each year are born with birth defects that are genetic in origin, and fully 70 percent of them could be prevented or mitigated, according to the first worldwide study commissioned by the March of Dimes. In the absence of treatment, at least 3.3 million of the children die before the age of 5, while 3.2 million are disabled for life, according to the study released yesterday. "Our report identifies for the first time the severe and previously hidden global toll of birth defects," said Dr. Jennifer L. Howse, president of the March of Dimes.
December 10, 2005
Patricia Ann LaSpina, a homemaker and former bookkeeper, died Tuesday of complications from diabetes at Loch Raven Center, a nursing home. She was 67 and lived in Essex. She was born Patricia Ann Granstrand in Jersey City, N.J., and was raised there and in Westwood, N.J. She was married in 1958 to Joseph S. LaSpina, her high school sweetheart. The couple lived for many years in Pikesville before moving to Essex in 2000. During the 1980s until retiring in 1993, Mrs. LaSpina was a bookkeeper at the Franciscan Center on West 23rd Street.
March 19, 2005
On March 14, 2005, JANIE PALICH; beloved mother of Andrew and his wife Jennifer, Steven and Nicholas Palich; loving grandmother of Allyson Palich; daughter of Nancy Calvin and the late Donald Sooy; stepdaughter of David Calvin and sister of Donna Jones and Jean Putnam. A Memorial Service will be held Sunday, 2 P.M. at HARRY H. WITZKE'S FAMILY FUNERAL HOME, INC., 4112 Old Columbia Pike, Ellicott City. Donations in her memory may be made to the Spina Bifida Association of Maryland, 2416 Lampost Lane, Baltimore, MD 21234.
January 19, 2005
On January 17, 2005, CATHERINE (nee Manfre), beloved wife of the late Leonard Spina, loving mother of Carmela Thamer and her husband Dr. Mahmud Thamer, dear sister of Josephine Kruk, cherished grandmother of Mae, Mona, Mustafa and Lelia. Also survived by six great-grandchildren. The family will receive friends in the LEMMON FUNERAL HOME OF DULANEY VALLEY, INC., 10 W. Padonia Rd. (at York Rd), Timonium-Cockeysville, on Thursday, 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 P.M. and in the vestibule of Stella Maris Chapel on Friday, January 21, 9:30 to 10 A.M., at which time a Funeral Mass will be celebrated.