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Judith A. Pitcher, 58, mourned by many here

KANSAS CITY, Mo.-Judith M. Pitcher, who retired in 1995 as director of the program analysis division of the Consumer Product Safety Commission in Washington, D.C., died Oct. 5 in a Kansas City, Mo. medical center after suffering a stroke.

She was 58, and lived in Washington, D.C. for 27 years prior to moving to Lexington, Mo., last year.

Born in Freeport, Ill., July 9, 1941, she attended St. Joseph Catholic School and Church there until the family moved to Downey. She was the valedictorian of the 1959 Class of Warren High School, then attended Tulane University where she graduated in 1963 with a bachelor's degree in mathematics. She earned a master's degree in economics at Northwestern University in Evanston, and from 1963 to 1967 completed her doctorate in economics at Northwestern.

From 1968 to 1969 she taught economics at the University of Kentucky, then took a post with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission in Washington.

After retirement she moved to Lexington, Mo., where she operated Graystone Mansion, a 166-year-old building converted for bed and breakfast, with Allen Brauninger, her friend and business partner.

She was a member of Omicron Delta Epsilon economics honors society, the National Economists Club, National Assoc. of Professional and Executive Women, Chevy Chase Citizens Assoc., Washington Women Economists, American Economics Assoc., the Board of Palisades Pool Assoc., treasurer and social director of Montgomery County Single Parents, and a referee and official of the Montgomery County Swim League.

Survivors include her companion, Allen Brauninger of Lexington, Mo.; two daughters, Susan Pitcher of Bethesda, Md., Elizabeth Pitcher of Tacoma Park, Md.; a son, Ensign Mitchell Pitcher Eisenberg, USN, of Newport, R.I.; two sisters, Marilyn J. (John) Gibbs of Freeport and Sylvia Mitchell of Columbus, Ohio; uncles Phil (Doris), Robert (Ethel) and George (Dorothy) Weigmann of Freeport; an aunt, Susie Fullmer of Freeport; a niece, Linda (Ritchie) Buss of Freeport; two nephews, Randall (Sue) Tempel of Freeport, and Rodney (Doris) Tempel of Lanark; and many nieces and nephews in California, Ohio and Iowa. She was preceded in death by her grandparents, parents and two sisters, Pat Kutzke and Vergel van Brocklin.

A memorial service was held in Washington, D.C. Oct. 24.

Arrangements were by the Cremation Society of Kansas City.

Services held for Milan Paul Ploss, 75

DOWNEY-Private cremation services were held for Milan Paul Ploss, a Downey resident and fomer business manager for 36 years for the County of Los Angeles Maintenance Department.

He was 75, born in Pennsylvania Oct. 22, 1924 and died Oct. 23 in Downey.

Survivors include his sisters, Sophie Myers and Molly Granrud; a step-daughter, Irene Perkins; nephews Ted and Thomas Myers; nieces Vichie Neal and Linda Bogdan; and many friends.

Burial followed at sea. Arrangements were by the Downey Zrelak Family Mortuary.

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