Janet C. Preston, 91, deacon, church historianJanet C...

August 21, 1996

Janet C. Preston, 91, deacon, church historian

Janet C. Preston, a lifelong member of First and Franklin Presbyterian Church, whose history she helped record, died Aug. 14 of pneumonia at Keswick Multi-Care Center. She was 91 and lived in Roland Park.

She was a member of First Presbyterian Church when it merged with Franklin Street Presbyterian Church in 1980. She was ordained a deacon in 1960 and a ruling elder in 1971.

She had served as the church's historian since the 1940s. Many of her articles were published in the church bulletin and, in 1995, they were collected and presented to her in recognition of her devotion to the church.

Miss Preston also contributed to "The First Presbyterian Church of Baltimore," a 200-year history of the institution published in 1962.

She served as secretary of the church's Women's Association from 1946 until shortly before her death.

Miss Preston, who was born and raised in Catonsville, was a graduate of St. Timothy's School and earned a bachelor's degree from Bryn Mawr College in 1926.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. today in the Reid Chapel of First and Franklin Presbyterian Church, 210 W. Madison St.

She is survived by a sister-in-law, Elizabeth O. Preston of Baltimore; and several cousins.

Catherine Loeffler, 98, seamstress at local firms

Catherine Loeffler, a seamstress, died Saturday at Stella Maris Hospice in Towson of heart failure. She was 98 and lived in Hamilton.

Beginning at age 14, she worked as a seamstress for area clothing companies, including the former Greif Clothing Co. at Milton and Ashland avenues and the former Cambridge Clothing Co. on Fayette Street.

A member of the American Clothing Workers Union, she retired in 1976.

Family members said she attended Mass almost daily for the past 70 years.

Miss Loeffler was a member of the Ladies of Charities at Sacred Heart of Jesus Roman Catholic Church in Highlandtown, where she was born and raised. The group visits the sick and provides clothing for the poor.

She also was a member of St. Thomas More Roman Catholic Church, 6806 McClean Blvd. in Baltimore, where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. today.

She is survived by four nephews; a niece; and many great-nieces and great-nephews.

Pub Date: 8/21/96

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