Christine Eleanor Mikulski, 81, mother of U.S...

April 01, 1996

Christine Eleanor Mikulski, 81, mother of U.S. senator

Christine Eleanor Mikulski, mother of Democratic U.S. Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski, died yesterday of heart failure at Mercy Medical Center. She was 81.

A native of Fells Point and a tireless volunteer worker, she was active in all of her daughter's political campaigns, from Baltimore City Council to U.S. Senate races.

"My mother was a member of the generation that made America great because they believed in their families and churches and built their communities," said Ms. Mikulski, a Baltimore Democrat.

Born Christine Kutz, the granddaughter of Polish immigrants attended city parochial and public schools. In 1935, she married William Anthony Mikulski and for more than four decades they ran a mom-and-pop grocery in East Baltimore.

At Willie's Food Market, 718 S. Eaton St., Mrs. Mikulski ran the cash register while dispensing wit, credit and extra sweets for the children. Friends called her the "First Lady" of Highlandtown.

She also was a member of the Polish Women's Alliance and the Holy Family Society.

Mr. Mikulski died in 1988.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Sacred Heart of Jesus Roman Catholic Church, 600 S. Conkling St., where she was a member.

Survivors include two other daughters, Christine A. Fajkowski of Perry Hall and Frances J. Liszewski of Gaithersburg; two sisters, Florence Sperato and Jean Kutz, both of Pasadena; two brothers, Peter Kutz of Pasadena and Stanley Kutz of Parkville; and five grandchildren. Annie Sims Flowers, a retired professor emeritus at Coppin State College, died Thursday of cancer at Horizon Specialty Center in Baltimore. She was 71 and lived in Baltimore.

Ms. Flowers, whose work on a doctorate in early childhood education was interrupted by her illness, taught psychology and child development at Coppin from 1970 until her retirement in 1988. Previously, she was an elementary schoolteacher for many years.

The South Carolina native earned an undergraduate degree from Virginia State College, a master's degree from the University of Connecticut and an advanced professional certificate in reading from the State University of New York at Albany. She belonged to the Black Story Tellers Association of America and was a consultant to the Maine Avenue Day Care Center in Baltimore.

She and Hamilton E. Flowers were married in 1924.

Services are to be held at 11: 30 a.m.

Pub Date: 4/01/96

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