Albert T. Poremski, 53, labor leader at portAlbert T...

November 22, 1995

Albert T. Poremski, 53, labor leader at port

Albert T. Poremski, a longshoreman and labor leader who was the first labor representative to be honored as Port Leader of the Year by the Baltimore Junior Association of Commerce's port committee, died of acute leukemia Friday at his Lutherville residence. He was 53.

Mr. Poremski, whose waterfront career spanned 35 years, retired in June because of illness. He was born into a family of longshoremen and raised on South Broadway, within sight of the harbor and the sounds of ship whistles.

In 1960, after graduating from Patterson High School, he followed his grandfather, father, three brothers, two uncles and a cousin onto the piers. He started as a holdman, worked the pier, drove a tractor and eventually operated cranes, winches and a container crane.

He served two terms on the executive board of the International Longshoremen's Association, Local 333, and as vice president and later president of the ILA's Baltimore District Council.

He was given the Port Leader of the Year Award in September 1987 for trying to improve strained labor-management relations and for taking part in a trade mission of state officials to the Far East that sought business for the port.

Two months later, Mr. Poremski was ousted from union leadership for being closely identified with an ill-fated joint effort by the Maryland Port Administration and the ILA to promote the port and its labor image.

In 1986, Mr. Poremski established and directed a mobile refrigeration apprenticeship program for refrigeration mechanics at Dundalk Community College.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. today at the Roman Catholic Church of the Nativity, 1800 Vista Lane, Timonium.

He is survived by his wife of 31 years, the former Nancy Lonick; two sons, Brian T. Poremski and Mark A. Poremski, both of Towson; his parents, Anthony and Mary Lustica Poremski of East Baltimore; three brothers, Robert Poremski and Richard Poremski, both of East Baltimore, and John Poremski of Perry Hall; three sisters, Rita Albers of Overlea, Joan Kruszewski of Westminster and Linda Schmidt of Bel Air; and four grandchildren. Florence F. K. Loudenslager, an ardent Colts football fan who baked hundreds of cakes for the team, died of respiratory failure Saturday at a hospital in North Miami Beach, Fla. She was 77.

Known as "Flo," Mrs. Loudenslager and her late husband, Hurst C. "Loudy" Loudenslager presented the Colts players, coaches and front office employees more than 900 birthday cakes, baked at her Baltimore Highlands home.

Her black-walnut cakes were a tradition of more than 30 years, as were the birthday and Christmas cards the couple sent every player and coach year after year. Their home was packed with Colts memorabilia that included helmets, jerseys, clippings from The Sun and the News American and plaques thanking them.

The couple established Colts Corral No. 2, a booster organization, and in 1978, she was presented a plaque from Colts Corral No. 27 that read: "World's Greatest Walnut Cake Baker."

The former Florence F. Kalinski was born and reared in South Baltimore and attended city schools. In 1937, she married Mr. Loudenslager, who retired in 1975 as a master sergeant after a 28-year career with the Maryland National Guard. He died in 1989.

"She was always by Dad's side and lived for him, her family and the Colts," said her daughter, Janet L. Baran of Marathon, Fla.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. today at McCully Funeral Home of Brooklyn, 237 E. Patapsco Ave.

She also is survived by a son, William E. Loudenslager of Marathon; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

John W. Musgrove, 57, for 30 years a Social Security claims examiner who in retirement had been a bus driver for United Cerebral Palsy and the Multiple Sclerosis Society, died Nov. 14 at Good Samaritan Hospital after a heart attack at his Hamilton home.

Born in Lynchburg, Va., he came to the Baltimore area as a child and was a graduate of Kenwood High School.

A memorial service was held Saturday. He is survived by a brother, Donald G. Musgrove of Laurel; two sisters, Myrtle Noel of Hopewell, Va., and Joan L. Adams of Miami; a longtime friend, Jesse M. Cole of Baltimore; and many nieces and nephews.

Mary Elizabeth McNulty, 94, a homemaker and former convent cook, died Thursday of complications of cancer at her Catonsville residence. She was 94.

One of 13 children, the former Mary Elizabeth McDonnell was born and raised in County Mayo, Ireland. She immigrated in 1922 to Baltimore, where she had two sisters and found work as a domestic. In 1926, she married Patrick Joseph McNulty, also of County Mayo, and settled on Pulaski Street in West Baltimore.

In 1961, she worked as a cook at Bon Secours Convent. She retired in 1971. Her husband died in 1988.

She was a communicant of St. Agnes Roman Catholic Church, where a Mass of Christian burial was offered Monday.

She is survived by three sons, J. Leonard McNulty of Ellicott City, and John J. McNulty and M. Bernard McNulty, both of Catonsville; two daughters, M. Agnes Stricker and Patricia C. Mehl, both of Catonsville; 28 grandchildren; and 29 great-grandchildren.

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