Julia Marie Losinski, 75, librarian, volunteer Julia...

March 21, 2000

Julia Marie Losinski, 75, librarian, volunteer

Julia Marie Losinski, a retired librarian and volunteer, died Saturday of cancer at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care. She was 75 and lived in Anneslie.

A librarian for nearly 50 years, she worked at public libraries in Brooklyn and Westchester County in New York, Dallas and San Antonio, and Prince George's County Library, where she retired in 1990 as coordinator of young adult reading services.

An accomplished storyteller, she gave book talks and seminars nationwide.

Born in Baltimore, she was a graduate of the College of Notre Dame of Maryland and Columbia University, where she received a master's degree in library science in 1952.

She was a volunteer at the Loch Raven and Cockeysville libraries and the National Aquarium.

She was secretary for a Baltimore County chapter of the American Association of Retired Persons and program director for the Polish Heritage Society. She also read at the Armacost Nursing Home.

A funeral Mass will be offered at 11 a.m. today at St. Pius X Roman Catholic Church, 6428 York Road, where she was a member and parish librarian.

She is survived by her sister, Regina H. Morin of Severna Park; three nieces and two nephews.

Charles Forrest Ellinger Jr., 50, mortgage banker

Charles Forrest Ellinger Jr., a mortgage banker and former lacrosse player, died Saturday of a heart attack while driving in Timonium. He was taken to St. Joseph Medical Center where he was pronounced dead. He was 50 and lived in Cockeysville.

A banker with First Service Mortgage in Millersville, he had formerly been with the Rouse Co. and GMAC Mortgage.

Born in Baltimore, he was raised in Roland Park and Lutherville. He was a 1968 graduate of St. Paul's School, where he was on the lacrosse and football teams. He was a graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park, where he also played lacrosse.

A member of Hunt Valley Golf Club, he played golf weekly. In 1974, he married Mary Denise Lardner, an accountant, who survives him.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. tomorrow at Second Presbyterian Church, 4200 St. Paul St.

He is also survived by two sons, Charles Forrest "Chad" Ellinger III of College Park and Steven B. Ellinger of Cockeysville; a brother, John Barton Ellinger of McMinnville, Ore.; and two sisters, Mary Belle Schweizer and Dorothy E. Girard, both of Baltimore.

Francis Commiskey Grant, 86, executive, horse breeder

Francis Commiskey Grant, a retired steamship company executive and former thoroughbred horse breeder, died Wednesday of a heart attack at a hospital in Salisbury, Conn. The former Monkton resident was 86.

Mr. Grant, a Salisbury resident since 1979, joined United States Lines in 1946 and worked in the ports of Boston, New York and Baltimore before retiring as vice president of operations in 1955. He also had been a member of the board of the of the steamship company.

From 1955 until retiring a second time in 1979, Mr. Grant operated a thoroughbred breeding farm in Monkton, and taught political science at the Maryland Institute, College of Art.

Born at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, the son of a career cavalry officer, Mr. Grant was raised on Army bases throughout the West. He was a 1936 graduate of Yale College and did graduate work at Boston College and the New School for Social Research in New York.

During World War II, he served with the 204th Field Artillery Battalion as a battery commander in the European Theater of Operations, and received a Bronze Star. He was discharged as a captain in 1945.

Services were held Saturday in Salisbury, Conn.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, the former Penelope Grenville Hunter; a son, Matthew S. Grant of New Orleans; a brother, Philip S. Grant of Hampton, Va.; two stepsons, Grenville B. Whitman of Charles Village and Michael C. Whitman of Lyme, N.H.; and three grandsons.

Charles E. Hoff Jr., 69, owner of lumber company

Charles E. Hoff Jr., owner of Hoff Brothers Lumber, died Thursday of cancer at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He was 69.

Mr. Hoff was still associated at his death with the Sykesville lumber company that was founded by his family in 1952.

A lifelong Winfield resident, he was a founding member of the Winfield Volunteer Fire Department in 1965 and was the company's chief for seven years.

He attended Carroll County public schools until leaving to help his father operate the family farm.

A noted collector and restorer of antique Farmall tractors, he had a collection of 62 tractors that he took to various tractor pulls in Carroll County. He was a member of the Central Maryland Antique Tractor Club and the Mason-Dixon Historical Society.

He was also a member of Salem United Methodist Church.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. today at Burrier-Queen Funeral Home, 1212 W. Old Liberty Road, Winfield.

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