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Broadmead Welcomes New Residents, Marsha Howes & William Hakkarinen

About Marsha:

Marsha Howes describes herself as a protector, a person who fights for equality. She also works to defend the environment. Marsha leads the Training and Development Team on Shawan Road, training volunteers for State of Maryland Extension Services through the Baltimore County Master Gardener program. The leadership she brings to that endeavor was finely honed during her 20-year career as a facilitator in human services and organizational development for the State of Maryland.

Marsha was born in Chillicothe, MO, but her father's work with International Harvester took the family to Walden, CO. She went to high school in Cheyenne, WY, and then studied at the University of Wyoming. During an early marriage she lived in Lancaster, PA, where she raised her children and studied dance with a teacher who had studied with Martha Graham.

Marsha took a job as the activities director at Susquehanna Lutheran Village. There she met and later married Bill Hakkarinen, the physician who made weekly calls to the nursing home. Their blended family eventually included four children and now six grandchildren.

In addition to raising a busy family, Marsha completed her B.A. at Wilkes College, majoring in political science with a minor in writing. Marsha is an ardent gardener and has already had her hands in the dirt at Broadmead, planting in the terrace garden with Lucy Wright and transplanting perennials at the Sheltons' garden.

About Bill:

Bill Hakkarinen says he has become "everything I wanted to be when I grew up." He was a family practice physician and is now a medical consultant for Maryland Disability Determination Services. He has had a lifelong interest in both model and real railroads, especially the B&O Railroad Museum. Bill ran real trains as a volunteer engineer. And at home, of course, he has an O-gauge Lionel layout. Downsizing for Broadmead has been no small task.

A native of Washington, DC, Bill graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park, and earned his medical degree from the University of Maryland School of Medicine. After his internship at University Hospitals, Baltimore, he did a residency at Hershey Medical Center. He then served in the Navy, and his subsequent civilian practice took him to Pennsylvania.

Bill met Marsha Howes at a nursing home where she worked and he saw patients. In 1978 they married (each had been previously married and divorced) and formed a blended family of four children. Now they enjoy six grandchildren, who are spread out over the United States.

In 1989, Bill and Marsha moved to Baltimore, where he worked at Franklin Square Hospital with Ken Lewis and Jerry Glowacki. Today, in addition to his medical consultancy, Bill enjoys British television, particularly the mysteries.

-- Written by Kathryn Amey Shelton

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