Helen D. Fink, 86, operated family drugstore

April 03, 2003

Helen D. Fink, who with her husband operated Fink's drug and variety stores in Middle River and Baltimore, died of kidney failure Sunday at a nursing home in Harrisonburg, Va. The former Parkville resident was 86.

Helen D. Fosler was born in Baltimore and raised on Milton Avenue. She was a graduate of a business course at St. Katharine of Siena Roman Catholic Church in East Baltimore.

She was a clerical worker before her 1936 marriage to Frank T. "Doc" Fink, a pharmacist.

In addition to the Middle River drug and variety store, the couple later owned the Blackstone Pharmacy at 33rd and St. Paul streets, and Paul's Pharmacy in Parkville. Mr. Fink died in 1998.

"She cooked the food that was served at the drugstore's lunch counter," said her son, Frank Curtis of Timonium. "They worked seven days a week, which didn't leave much time for hobbies. Work and family took all of her time."

Mrs. Fink worked as a computer operator for the state Department of Human Resources from 1980 until retiring in 1985.

She was an avid reader and especially enjoyed the novels of Stephen King.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. today at Loring Byers Funeral Home, 8728 Liberty Road, Randallstown.

In addition to her son, she is survived by a daughter, Cecelia Leatherman of Elkton, Va.; five grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

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