Isaac Hecht, 89, longtime partner in city law firm...

January 25, 2003

Isaac Hecht, 89, longtime partner in city law firm

Isaac Hecht, an attorney who practiced for 65 years, died Thursday of pneumonia at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He was 89 and lived in Pikesville.

Born in Baltimore and raised on Bateman Avenue in Forest Park, he was a 1932 graduate of Forest Park High School. He earned a degree in economics from the Johns Hopkins University and received his law degree from the University of Maryland School of Law in 1938, the year he was admitted to the Maryland bar.

A specialist in tax, corporation and estate law, he practiced in downtown Baltimore his entire life. A partner in Hecht & Chapper, a Charles Street law firm, he was at his desk until earlier this month.

"In the 27 years that I've been his partner, I've never seen anyone fight harder or be more devoted to his clients' interests," said Bruce R. Chapper, the other firm partner and a resident of Baltimore.

He was president of Oheb Shalom Congregation from 1958 to 1961. He also served on the Suburban Club's board of governors from 1970 to 1972.

Mr. Hecht was active in many professional associations. He was a fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, and he also belonged to the Bar Association of Baltimore City, the Maryland Bar Association, the Maryland Bar Foundation and the American Bar Association. He was also a past president of the Baltimore Estate Planning Council and was the longtime treasurer of the Client Protection Fund of Maryland.

He and his wife of 61 years, the former Catharine Straus, who survives him, set up philanthropic funds at the United Jewish Appeal, University of Maryland School of Law, Goucher College, the Central Scholarship Bureau and the Johns Hopkins University, among other charities.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Sol Levinson & Bros., 8900 Reisterstown Road.

Survivors also include a son, Henry L. Hecht of Berkeley, Calif.; two daughters, Eleanor H. Yuspa of Bethesda and Marjorie H. Kaplan of Orinda, Calif.; a brother, Alan D. Hecht of Baltimore; a step-brother, Robert K. Odenheimer of Baltimore; and five grandchildren.

Viola E. Patzschke, 88, clothing boutique owner

Viola Evelyn Patzschke, retired owner of Dulaney Shoppe, a Towson-based clothing boutique, died of heart failure Tuesday at her home in the Ridgely Condominiums. She was 88.

The longtime Towson resident was born Viola Evelyn Foskey in Baltimore. She was raised on the Eastern Shore and began her career in apparel as a saleswoman for women's clothing stores on Charles Street.

In 1960, she opened the Dulaney Shoppe on Allegheny Avenue, which sold women's apparel. She retired in 1982 when she closed the store.

Known professionally as "Vi Stein," her store made a reputation by sponsoring Christmas Men's Nights every December.

Male customers were invited to the shop for a fashion show and open bar. Models who wore the latest fashions helped them with their holiday gift selections.

Her marriage to businessman Maurice Eisenstein ended in divorce in the late 1940s. In 1981, she married Charles Patzschke, a retired construction engineer, who died six months later.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at the Ruck Towson Funeral Home, 1050 York Road.

Mrs. Patzschke is survived by a daughter, Maxine Schremp of Fredericksburg, Va.; and a grandson.

Charles B. Stastny, 83, insurance salesman

Charles B. Stastny, a retired insurance salesman, died Monday of complications from respiratory and heart disease at Franklin Square Hospital Center. The Middle River resident was 83.

A Nationwide Insurance Co. agent for 40 years, he worked at the company's office in the 6800 block of Harford Road in Parkville before his 1991 retirement. He was also a vice president of the Columbia Savings and Loan Association on East Madison Street from 1950 to 1975. In the 1940s, he had been a machinist for the Diecraft Corp., a Pulaski Highway machine shop.

Born in what was then Czechoslovakia, where he attended schools, he moved to Baltimore in 1938 to instruct workers at a new Bata Shoe Co. plant in Harford County.

During World War II he served in the Army.

He was a member of the Czech and Slovak Heritage Association.

Services were held yesterday.

Survivors include his wife of nearly 57 years, the former Mildred Picek; two sons, Robert Stastny of Ruxton and Richard Stastny of Parkton; brothers, Frantisek Stastny and Stepan Stastny, both of Moravia, Czech Republic; a sister, Anna Stastny of Moravia; three grandchildren; and two great-grandsons.

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