Kodenski, 51, executive of Mercantile-Safe Deposit

R. F.

December 31, 1998

Richard F. Kodenski, a Mercantile-Safe Deposit & Trust Co. executive, died Tuesday of lung cancer at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. He was 51 and lived in Timonium.

Mr. Kodenski, senior vice president in the trust department, had been with the bank since his graduation from Loyola College in 1969. He also earned a master's degree in business administration at Loyola College in the 1970s.

Born in Fells Point, the 1965 Loyola High School graduate had long been fascinated by banking and the stock markets and, as a young man, organized an investment club for friends.

"He was well-respected for his investment skills and for his ability to communicate with customers," said Malcolm Wilson, executive vice president for Mercantile's Trust Division.

Mr. Kodenski was a volunteer at Dulaney Swim Club and spent warm-weather weekends cruising the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries with his family in their power boat.

A professional football fan, he joined friends in an informal club that met at each other's homes to watch Monday night games.

A funeral Mass for Mr. Kodenski will be offered at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Francis Xavier Roman Catholic Church, Cuba Road, Hunt Valley.

He is survived by his wife of 29 years, the former Linda Mislak; two daughters, Kimberly Kodenski and Kristin Kodenski-Gatchell, all of Timonium; his mother, Frances Truszkowski Kodenski, and a brother, Melvin J. Kodenski, both of Baltimore.

Pub Date: 12/31/98

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