Michael J. Eick Retired Engineer

December 09, 1990

A Mass of Christian burial for Michael J. Eick, a retired engineer in the Baltimore County Department of Public Works and a former provincial head of the Secular Franciscan Order, will be offered at 9:30 a.m. tomorrow at St. Michael's Roman Catholic Church, Belair Road and Willow Avenue in Overlea.

Mr. Eick, who was 76, died Friday of heart failure at his home on Kenwood Avenue in Overlea.

He retired in 1976 after working for the county for 25 years and earlier for the Glenn L. Martin Co., now Martin-Marietta.

A trumpet player, he had his own 12-piece band that played at dances and similar events in the 1930s, and he later started a dance band at St. Michael's Church. He was also leader of a German band.

A native of Baltimore who was educated at St. James School, he was also a founder of its band.

He was the provincial head of the Secular Franciscans for about five years starting in the late 1970s, and he was a member of the order's National Council.

Mr. Eick had served as head of the order's Little Flower Fraternity and later of the St. Michael the Archangel Fraternity, which he started. Both were named for the churches where they were established.

A former president of the Holy Name Society at St. Michael's Church, he also served as an extraordinary minister of the Eucharist there and at City Hospitals, now the Francis Scott Key Medical Center.

Mr. Eick also served as a regional representative for the Co-Workers of Mother Theresa, a fund-raising group.

He is survived by his wife, the former Mary Goulden; two sons, Joseph Eick of Baltimore and James Eick of Overlea; four daughters, Theresa Whittle and Janet Eisen, both of Overlea, Dolores Coffey of Glyndon, and Kathleen James of Catonsville; a sister, Anna Lytel of Perry Hall; two brothers, Donald Eick of Overlea and Henry Eick of Roseland, Va.; and 12 grandchildren.


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