Robert K. Pritts Sr.Owned funeral homeRobert K. Pritts...

August 14, 1994

Robert K. Pritts Sr.

Owned funeral home

Robert K. Pritts Sr., owner with his wife of the Pritts Funeral Home and Chapel in Westminster, died Monday of heart failure at Carroll County General Hospital. He was 65.

He moved to Westminster in 1963 as an associate of John E. Myers and later became a partner in the Myers-Pritts Funeral Home. After Mr. Myers' death in 1976, Mr. Pritts took over the business, which he operated with the help from several relatives.

L Earlier, he operated the Pritts Funeral Home in Kitzmiller.

He was a former member of the Westminster Zoning Appeals Board and a member of the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce, Westminster Lodge of the Elks and Westminster Council of the Knights of Columbus.

In Kitzmiller, he had been president of the Lions Club, a member of the Town Council and chief of the volunteer fire department and head of its ambulance service. He was involved in having a wall built to protect the community from floods.

Born in Cumberland, he was reared in Kitzmiller, where he graduated from high school.

He served in the Army in the Korean War. He was among the soldiers on duty near a 1952 atomic test explosion at Desert Rock, Nev.

He was a life member of the Molleville Farm Post of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Carroll Post of the American Legion and the Ranger Infantry Companies (Airborne) of the Korean War.

A 1956 graduate of the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science, he was a member of the National Funeral Directors Association, the Associated Funeral Directors Service, the Maryland State Funeral Directors and the Tri-County Funeral Directors.

A Mass of Christian burial was offered Friday at St. John's Roman Catholic Church in Westminster.

Mr. Pritts is survived by his wife of 42 years, the former Anne Morris; two daughters, Katherine Pritts-Sweitzer of Westminster and the Rev. Andrea King, a Methodist minister of Hamilton, Ohio; a son, R. Kyle Pritts Jr. of Westminster; a sister, Marceleigh Paugh of Kitzmiller; and three grandchildren.

Thelma Weinstock

Businesswoman

Thelma Weinstock, former owner of Samuel's Shoes Inc. in Pikesville, died Friday of cancer at Sinai Hospital.

Mrs. Weinstock, 74, took over the management of Samuel's Shoes in 1963 after the death of her husband, Samuel T. Weinstock, who started the business in 1952.

The store served two generations of children in Northwest Baltimore before closing in 1988.

She was born Thelma Banditson in Buffalo, N.Y., and moved to Baltimore as a teen-ager.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. today at Beth El Memorial Park, 8101 Park Heights Ave.

Mrs. Weinstock is survived by a daughter, Raellen Polakoff Polan of Baltimore; a son, Jeffrey Weinstock of Lexington, Mass.; a brother, Melvin Banditson of Buffalo, N.Y.; a sister, Phyllis Segall of Baltimore; and four grandsons.

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