Christian J. Walch, 76, travel agency co-founder...

January 11, 2000

Christian J. Walch, 76, travel agency co-founder

Christian J. Walch, a Baltimore travel agent who was co-founder of Walch & Woltereck Inc., died Friday of undetermined causes at Union Memorial Hospital. He was 76 and lived in Roland Park.

At the time of his death, Mr. Walch was semiretired from the business, in the 900 block of N. Charles St. The agency, which he established in 1961 with John Woltereck, is run by one of Mr. Walch's sons.

Because of his extensive travel throughout Europe and Africa, Mr. Walch brought an informed touch to the agency, which was known for its customized safaris, chartered cruises and chauffeured tours to some of the world's remotest destinations.

Some of the agencies' institutional clients included the Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore Museum of Art and the Smithsonian Institution.

Born and raised in Lyon, France, Mr. Walch attended law school in Marseille, and was a member of the French Underground during World War II. He immigrated to New York in 1946 and worked for American Express before moving to Baltimore in 1953. He worked for Metropolitan Travel in Baltimore from 1953 until 1961, when he established his own agency.

He helped set industry standards that resulted in the creation of CTC -- Certified Travel Counselor -- which is the highest professional accreditation agents can obtain.

His professional memberships included the American Society of Travel Agents, Cruise Line International Association and Allied.

He was married in 1953 to Edna Underwood, who died in 1992.

A memorial service for Mr. Walch will be held at 3 p.m. Friday at Ruck Towson Funeral Home, 1050 York Road.

He is survived by two sons, Eric Walch of Baltimore and Marc Walch of Orlando, Fla.; two daughters, Gay Walch of Los Angeles and Anne Walch of Asheville, N.C.; two brothers, Michel Walch and Francois Walch, both of Paris; and longtime companion Marion Kniseley of Roland Park.

Julian N. Helldorfer, 89, rector, pastor of church

The Very Rev. Julian Nicholas Helldorfer, C.SS.R., former rector and pastor of St. James the Less Roman Catholic Church in East Baltimore, died Friday of cancer at the St. John Neumann Residence in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. He was 89.

A member of the Redemptorist Order for 68 years, he also served as associate pastor at two other east-side parishes, Our Lady of Fatima Roman Catholic Church and St. Michael the Archangel Roman Catholic Church in the 1960s.

He was pastor and rector of the religious community at St. James the Less, Aisquith and Eager streets, from 1961 to 1964.

The Baltimore native was a graduate of St. Michael's parochial school and Calvert Hall College.

Known as "Father Nick," he began his religious studies in 1931 and was ordained a priest in 1936. After studying with the Redemptorist Order in Annapolis in 1940-1941, he was assigned to Paraguay for 11 years, where he rode on horseback to visit families in rural areas.

He worked at the Redemptorist retreat house in Hampton, Va., from 1973 to 1997.

"He was a very positive and cheerful person who never spoke ill of anyone," said the Very Rev. Arthur Gildea, C.SS.R., rector of the Neumann Residence. "When promoting retreats, he often said, `I've come to your house, now you come to mine.' "

A Mass for Father Helldorfer was offered yesterday.

He is survived by two sisters, Sister Mary Rita Marie Helldorfer, S.S.N.D., of Villa Assumpta in Woodbrook, and Sister Mary Teresa Marie Helldorfer, S.S.N.D., of the College of Notre Dame of Maryland in Baltimore.

Frank V. Seglinski, 81, police officer, attorney

Frank V. Seglinski, a retired police officer and attorney, died Saturday of complications from Alzheimer's disease at Levindale Hebrew Geriatric Center and Hospital in Mount Washington. He was 81.

The lifelong East Baltimore resident was hired by the Baltimore Police Department in 1941 and took disability retirement in 1960.

While a patrolman, Mr. Seglinski attended the University of Maryland School of Law at night and earned his law degree in 1949. He was admitted to the Maryland Bar in 1951.

He had a law office in the Equitable Building on Calvert Street from 1960 until 1968, when he was appointed a court commissioner. In 1978, he returned to his legal practice, retiring in 1985.

Mr. Seglinski was a 1938 graduate of Mount St. Joseph High School and earned a bachelor's degree from Loyola College. He was a military policeman in the Navy during World War II.

He was a communicant of St. Brigid Roman Catholic Church, South Ellwood Avenue and Hudson Street, where a Mass of Christian burial was offered yesterday.

He is survived by his wife, the former Elizabeth B. Hufnagel, whom he married in 1940; a son, Michael R. Seglinski of East Baltimore; a daughter, Elizabeth Matthews of Dundalk; a sister, Katherine Lucas of Aberdeen; five grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Kathleen Fulenwider, 100, executive secretary

Kathleen L. Fulenwider never learned to drive a car, preferred walking, didn't smoke, believed in moderation and lived to be 100.

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