M.J. Eichhorn, 80, secretary to prosecutors

February 06, 1996|By Fred Rasmussen | Fred Rasmussen,SUN STAFF

Mary Jo Eichhorn, who worked for 22 years as a secretary in the Baltimore City state's attorney's office, died Sunday of heart failure at Charlestown Retirement Community. She was 80.

After raising her children, the longtime Catonsville resident went to work in the office in 1960 and was secretary to State's Attorneys Charles Moylan and George Helinski. Later, she was private secretary to city State's Attorney Milton Allen. At the time of her retirement in 1972, she was secretary to Mary Ann Willin, then deputy city state's attorney.

Born and raised in Southwest Baltimore near Union Square, the former Mary Jo Broderick was educated at St. Peter's Parochial School and Seton High School, from which she graduated in 1933. After graduation, she worked as a secretary in the editorial department of The Sun.

"She was very proud of the fact that she used to type H. L. Mencken's manuscripts," said a son, Bert Eichhorn. He said his mother liked to describe Mr. Mencken as being " 'a little crusty.' "

In 1939, she married George Albert Eichhorn Jr., an accountant, who died in 1993.

Mrs. Eichhorn was a communicant of St. Mark Roman Catholic Church, 27 Melvin Ave. in Catonsville, where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. today .

Other survivors include another son, Jack Eichhorn of Westminster; a daughter, Mary Carole Kirkpatrick of Columbia; a brother, Paul Broderick of Catonsville; and four grandchildren.

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