Margaret Rita Bauss

Church Member

Margaret Rita Bauss, 92, a member of the sodality at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Silver Spring who assisted her husband with his woodcarving commissions, died of a heart ailment Nov. 19 at home in Silver Spring.

Mrs. Bauss left her native Hessen, Germany, when she was 17 and settled in New York, After her marriage in 1935 to sculptor Rudolf Bauss, they moved to Silver Spring.

She helped him prepare a carving of the Great Seal of the United States, commissioned in 1943 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt for his desk in the Oval Office. Two decades later, she helped her husband refurbish the desk, which had been a present from Queen Victoria to President Rutherford B. Hayes.

Mrs. Bauss volunteered with the Democratic Party in Montgomery County. Her interests included gardening.

Her husband died in 1966.

Survivors include a son, Dr. Rudy Bauss of Austin; a granddaughter; and two great-grandchildren.

Lucien Kunz

Pastry Chef

Lucien Kunz, 97, who retired in 1976 as manager of the bakery department at the Westwood Giant Food store in Bethesda, died of pneumonia Nov. 20 at his Washington home.

Mr. Kunz was a native of Switzerland who worked as a pastry chef in Paris and Santos, Brazil, before settling in Washington in 1933. He and his brother, Walter, operated the Swiss Pastry Shop at 4916 Wisconsin Ave. NW until 1963. They won awards for creations displayed at exhibitions of the Washington Restaurant Association and Epicurean Club of Washington.

Mr. Kunz was a member of the Self Revelation Church in Bethesda and the Masons.

Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Ida Kunz of Washington; four children, Edward L. Kunz of Laurel, John F. Kunz and Katherine K. Daragan, both of Silver Spring, and James L. Kunz of Baltimore; and seven grandchildren.

Helen W.B. Seymour


Helen Warfield Burgess Seymour, 82, a secretary at Vitro Laboratories for 28 years until retiring in 1983, died of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease Nov. 22 at Heartland Nursing Center in Bedford, Tex.

Mrs. Seymour, who was born in Washington, was a graduate of Wilson High School and Strayer Business College.

Her marriage to David C. Bebermeyer Sr. ended in divorce. Her second husband, Edgar E. Seymour, died in July. Mrs. Seymour moved from Silver Spring to Texas after his death.

Survivors include two children from her first marriage, David C. Bebermeyer of Venice, Fla., and James E. Bebermeyer of Bedford; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.