Community extends aid after man dies of leukemia

Donations include funeral arrangements

March 29, 2001|By Ellie Baublitz | Ellie Baublitz,SUN STAFF

James Blair "Jim" Stein, a New Windsor man stricken with acute lymphocytic leukemia 17 months ago whose plight was embraced by many in the Carroll community, died Tuesday evening at Carroll County General Hospital. He was 40.

Mr. Stein, a self-employed auto-body repairman who had to quit work when he became ill, and his family were the recipients of thousands of donations to the Jim Stein Foundation. The foundation placed donation jars around the county and held fund-raisers for the family.

Funds raised enabled Mr. Stein's wife, Stephanie, to stay at home rather than find a job to support the family, which includes three children.

The outpouring of help has extended to funeral arrangements.

Pritts Funeral Home in Westminster has given a $2,400 discount on its services. Dutterer's Florist is donating flowers for Mr. Stein's casket. Mathias Monuments is giving the family a discount on a headstone. A Touch of Elegance Limousine Service is donating two cars.

Dottie Owings, a member of Church of the Open Door in Westminster, where the Steins also worship, donated a burial plot at Evergreen Memorial Gardens in Finksburg. Evergreen donated a second plot so Mr. Stein and his wife can both be buried next to each other.

Besides his wife, Mr. Stein is survived by a daughter, Blair, 11, and two sons, Jim Jr., 16, and Jacob, 7.

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