Edna Mae Kapchonick, 71, Arundel schoolteacher Edna Mae...

Deaths Elsewhere

October 30, 2001

Edna Mae Kapchonick, 71, Arundel schoolteacher

Edna Mae Kapchonick, a retired Anne Arundel County elementary school teacher, died Thursday of respiratory failure at Anne Arundel Medical Center. She was 71.

Mrs. Kapchonick, who lived in Annapolis, began teaching in the county in 1950 and retired from Cape St. Claire Elementary School in 1971.

Born Edna Mae Kirchner and raised in Totowa, N.J., she attended what is now Montclair State University in her native state.

Mrs. Kapchonick was an active member of First Presbyterian Church of Annapolis, where she had been a deacon and a member of the Presbyterian Women, and had served on numerous committees, including the Presbytery of Baltimore. She was also a member of Church Women United and the Anne Arundel County Council of Community Services.

She enjoyed singing in church choirs and playing the piano, organ and French horn.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at First Presbyterian, Duke of Gloucester and Conduit streets.

She is survived by her husband of 51 years, Basil Kapchonick; two sons, Basil Gregory Kapchonick of Philadelphia and Kost Kapchonick of Livonia, Mich.; two daughters, Renee Hasse of Crofton and Helen Stormes of Wellington, Fla.; two brothers, Carl Kirchner of Salem, N.Y., and Richard Kirchner of Ocean Pines; a sister, Joan Hooper of Poway, Calif.; and eight grandchildren.

Elsewhere

Charles Pilling, 90, a self-taught expert on wild waterfowl who won awards for breeding species in captivity, died Thursday in Seattle beside his beloved duck pond.

He had been in ill health for months but was taken home from the hospital so he could spend his last days looking out the window at Pillings Pond.

Mr. Pilling was the first person to breed hooded mergansers, buffleheads and harlequin ducks in captivity.

After he was given three crippled mallards at age 12, Mr. Pilling dug a pond about 10 feet across and 3 feet deep off Licton Springs Creek at the family dairy farm home. Over the years, he expanded and deepened the pond, surrounded it with chain-link fencing and added new species.

In 1955, he mated a pair of hooded mergansers, diving ducks, which he had nursed back to health. Fearing the mother would spend more time chasing away other ducks than tending the nest, he drafted a banty hen to sit on the eggs and hand-fed the ducklings.

The feat won Mr. Pilling the first of his breeding awards from the International Wild Waterfowl Association.

Mr. Pilling was a consultant to Woodland Park Zoo and bred birds for collectors in North America and Europe.

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