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Angela Ball; secretary, writer, editor

Friday, March 11, 2011; 6:06 PM

Angela Ball, a secretary at the University of Maryland for almost 20 years before her retirement in 1983, died Feb. 23 at Washington Adventist Hospital in Takoma Park of pneumonia and other complications after a hip fracture. She was 92 and a resident of University Park.

Mrs. Ball started working at the University of Maryland in 1965 in the College of Physical Education, Recreation and Health. She retired as secretary to the dean of that college.

Previously, she had been a part-time secretary for Sears in Washington. From 1955 to 1965, she also wrote a weekly neighborhood column on West Hyattsville for the Prince George's Post.

Angela Hosinski was born in South Bend, Ind. She came to Washington in 1939 to work as a War Department secretary. She handled personnel paperwork for engineers working on the Manhattan Project.

In 1946, she received an associate's degree from George Washington University.

She was a member for more than 50 years of St. Jerome Catholic Church, where she also was a lector, a prefect of the Ladies Sodality and a member of the choir in Hyattsville.

Her history of the church, completed in 1959 and updated in 1986, received an award from the Prince George's County Historical Society.

Mrs. Ball edited the newsletter for a Knights of Columbus senior citizens club from 1983 to 2000 and edited the University Park newsletter for a decade.

She volunteered for 20 years with Meals on Wheels.

Her husband of 25 years, William Howard Ball, died in 1971. Survivors include four children, Joseph A. Ball of Blacksburg, Va., Caroline A. Ball of University Park, Michael O. Ball of Silver Spring and Gregory F. Ball of Baltimore; and five grandchildren.

- Emma Brown

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