Raymond L. Pritchard, 74, warehousemanRaymond L...

December 09, 1998

Raymond L. Pritchard, 74, warehouseman

Raymond L. Pritchard, a retired warehouseman, died of cancer Saturday at Franklin Square Hospital Center. The Eastpoint resident was 74.

The native of Midkiff, W.Va., served in the Army during World War II and settled in Baltimore after he was discharged. He

moved to Eastpoint in 1973.

For more than 30 years, he was a warehouseman at the old Schaefer Brewing Co. in East Baltimore. He retired in 1980.

Mr. Pritchard enjoyed hunting in Southern Maryland and deep-sea fishing in Ocean City. He was a member of several organizations, including Veterans of Foreign Wars, and a congregant of Middle River Baptist Church.

Services are set for 11 a.m. today at Connelly Funeral Home of Essex, 300 Mace Ave.

He is survived by his wife, the former Ruth McNeely, whom he married in 1974; four sons, Timothy Prichard, Allan Prichard, Ronald Prichard and Jimmy McComas Jr., all of of Baltimore; three daughters, Patricia Champagne of Owings Mills, and Debra Lynn Seamster and Deborah Vilcarino, both of Baltimore; a brother, Herbert Prichard of Midkiff; two sisters, Ruth Hogbin of Midkiff and Mary Ranoull of Westminster; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Katie Prestianni, 94, Lexington Market worker

Katie Prestianni, a retired popular employee of a Lexington Market fruit and produce stall, died Dec. 1 of complications of vascular disease at St. Agnes Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. She was 94 and lived in Ellicott City.

Mrs. Prestianni, who customers affectionately called "Miss Katie," worked for her brother at Mel's Produce from 1950 to 1980.

"She was a gregarious people person, who enjoyed waiting on her customers," said her son, Sam Prestianni of Ellicott City.

The former Katie Liberto, the daughter of Italian immigrants from Cefalu, Sicily, was born on North Greene Street near Lexington Market. She attended city schools until the eighth grade, when she left to help raise her siblings.

In 1924, she married Frank Prestianni, a Baltimore and Ohio Railroad employee who died in 1981.

Mrs. Prestianni, who formerly resided in Irvington and Catonsville, enjoyed bingo and cards, which she played until her early 90s, and preparing Sicilian dishes.

She was a communicant of the Roman Catholic Church of the Resurrection in Ellicott City, where a Mass of Christian burial was offered Saturday.

In addition to her son, she is survived by two daughters, Josephine Hux of Ellicott City and Grace Fischer of Finksburg; three sisters, Grace Cimbolo, Lucy DiMartino and Mary Cascio, all of Catonsville; 14 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

William Jacob Johnson, 73, maritime officer

William Jacob Johnson, a longtime maritime officer, died Saturday of heart failure at Howard County General Hospital. The Catonsville resident was 73.

The Indianapolis native graduated from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, N.Y., in 1945 and then was assigned to Liberty and Victory ships in the closing days of World War II.

In 1946, he joined the Farrell Lines as third officer on freighters and eventually became a captain. In 1961, he joined Bethlehem Steel Corp.'s Marine Division in Baltimore as port captain, supervising the company's fleet of ore carriers. He retired in 1988.

He was active in the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy Alumni Association.

He was a communicant of St. Mark Roman Catholic Church, 27 Melvin Ave. in Catonsville, where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 11 a.m. today.

He is survived by his wife of 43 years, the former Mary Kathleen Barry; a daughter, M. Kiaran Johnson-Lew of Albany, N.Y.; and a niece.

Pub Date: 12/09/98

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