Elsa M. Loizeaux, 93, secretary, gardener

April 01, 2003

Elsa M. Loizeaux, a retired executive secretary and avid gardener, died of heart failure Friday at her Towson home. She was 93.

She was born Elsa Marie Lange in Philadelphia and moved with her family to Baltimore's Hamilton section. She attended the old Homewood Demonstration School at the Johns Hopkins University and graduated from Strayer Business College in 1925.

While working as secretary to a vice president of Fidelity Bank in Baltimore, she earned her General Educational Development diploma from City College. She later studied at the Peabody Conservatory and the Baltimore School of the Bible, where she earned a certificate in 1939.

After her marriage in 1939 to A. Milton Loizeaux, an accountant, the couple moved into Burnbrae, their estate on Woodbine Avenue in Towson.

For several years, Mrs. Loizeaux worked as a secretary for her father-in-law, A.S. Loizeaux, who was editor of Help and Food magazine. After raising six children, she returned to work full time as an executive secretary for two general contracting firms. From the late 1960s until retiring in 1974, she worked at SKF Industries, a Timonium ball-bearing manufacturer.

Mrs. Loizeaux maintained the many flower gardens at Burnbrae, and enjoyed making pine cone wreaths at Christmas. She also was accomplished as a painter and in needlepoint.

Her husband died in 2001.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. today at Loch Hill Ekklesia, 6601 Loch Raven Blvd., where she was a member and formerly taught Sunday school.

Mrs. Loizeaux is survived by four sons, Alfred M. Loizeaux Jr., Robert S. Loizeaux, Thomas J. Loizeaux and David A. Loizeaux, all of Baltimore; two daughters, Carol L. Johnson of Sykesville and Claire L. Nolan of Towson; two brothers, Frederick C. Lange of White Hall, Baltimore County, and Robert W. Lange of Ellicott City; 15 grandchildren; and two great-grandsons.

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