Francis J. Pirog Sr., 67, founded Oriole...

February 20, 1997

Francis J. Pirog Sr., 67, founded Oriole Contractors

Francis J. Pirog Sr., the founder of a residential contracting company who formerly owned and operated a Dundalk motorcycle and boat dealership, died of a heart attack Friday while exercising at Bel Air Athletic Club. He was 67 and a Kingsville resident.

In 1981, he founded Oriole Contractors in Kingsville, from which he retired as president last year. The business is operated by a son.

From 1957 to 1979, he owned and operated Frankie & Johnny's, a motorcycle and boat dealership he had started on North Point Boulevard.

The son of Polish immigrants, he was born and raised in Highlandtown. He was a 1948 graduate of Mount St. Joseph High School and attended Peabody Institute.

A gardener, Mr. Pirog designed an elaborate Japanese garden around a 3,000-gallon pond that he had constructed. The three-quarter-acre garden featured roses and rare fish.

He was a member of Polish Home Club Inc. on Broadway. He taught catechism at St. Stephen Roman Catholic Church, 8023 Bradshaw Road in Bradshaw, where he was a communicant and a Mass of Christian burial was offered Tuesday

He is survived by his wife of 42 years, the former Elizabeth E. McGuire; two sons, Francis J. Pirog Jr. of Bel Air and Brian J. Pirog of Kingsville; two daughters, Mary Ellen Kourey and Michele F. Michael, both of Bel Air; a brother, Joseph Pirog of Baltimore; and six grandchildren.

Florence F. O'Donnell, 84, secretary and homemaker

Florence F. O'Donnell, a retired secretary and homemaker, died Sunday at Stella Maris Hospice after a three-year struggle with cancer. She was 84 and lived in Towson.

Mrs. O'Donnell retired in 1977 from the State Department of Education, where she had worked since 1969. Earlier, she was a medical secretary for a number of Baltimore area physicians.

She was born Florence Reich in Catonsville, where she graduated from high school in 1930. She attended business school before beginning her secretarial career.

She was married in 1939 to Thomas J. O'Donnell, a former Sun reporter and war correspondent who was later an aide to Mayor Thomas J. D'Alesandro Jr.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by two sons, Dr. Thomas J. O'Donnell Jr. of Wittman and Francis J. O'Donnell of Kensington; and two grandchildren.

Services were private.

Pub Date: 2/20/97

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