John Andrew Rybka, title attorney

October 17, 1994|By Patrick Hickerson | Patrick Hickerson,Contributing Writer

John Andrew Rybka, a retired Baltimore-area title attorney, died Friday of heart failure at his Perry Hall home. He was 89.

Before he retired in 1973, Mr. Rybka was an associate with Caldwell, Laudeman and Callahan for 34 years. He was a title researcher and examiner for properties in the Baltimore area, Eastern Shore and Washington suburbs.

Before joining the firm, he worked a year as a title researcher for the Baltimore County government and 10 years for Maryland Title and Guarantee Co.

Born in Pembia County, N.D., Mr. Rybka moved with his family to British Columbia, Canada.

"His parents operated a trading post there for the Hudson Bay Co. When I retire, I want to write their memoirs," said a niece, Dorothy Coppolino of Perry Hall.

"The family later left British Columbia and walked across the northern part of the United States to Chicago. That's seven states. They followed the railroad tracks. To get lodging, they went to farm houses. My grandfather would pick up a job for two or three days pitching hay or collecting vegetables, and then the family would move on.

"It made him [her uncle]self-reliant, self-made. He was the one given the opportunity to go to college."

By 1913, he and his family arrived at Fells Point, and he would call the Baltimore area home for 75 years years.

He graduated from Baltimore City College in 1927 and earned a law degree from the University of Baltimore in 1930.

That year, he married Jeannette Zarzecki and the couple lived in Hamilton for 22 years. She died in 1952.

Mr. Rybka and his second wife, the former Pauline Powell Lynch, lived in Perry Hall since 1970, except for 1977 to 1983, when they lived in Hollywood, Fla.

Mr. Rybka was a member of several Democratic clubs and was an election judge for eight years in Baltimore City. He was also a member of the Polish American Association.

Services for Mr. Rybka were to be held at 11 a.m. today at Schimunek Funeral Home, 3331 Brehms Lane, Baltimore.

In addition to his wife of 31 years and niece, Mr. Rybka is survived by a sister, Olga Kuchta of Baltimore;, two other nieces and two nephews.

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