Frances A. Kulbicki, 86, grocery store owner

May 05, 2003

Frances A. Kulbicki, an active church volunteer and former grocery store owner, died Thursday of congestive heart failure at Stella Maris Hospice in Timonium. The former East Baltimore and Rosedale resident was 86.

Born Frances Stefanowicz in Canton, she attended St. Casimir School.

She worked for several canning plants in Baltimore to support her family when she was a teen-ager during the Depression.

In 1941, she married Alex Kulbicki, who died in 2001. Mr. Kulbicki co-owned a grocery store with his wife, and then managed retail stores.

During World War II, Mrs. Kulbicki worked on an assembly line at Western Electric Co. in East Baltimore.

After the war, the couple opened Al's Grocery at 139 N. Glover St. in East Baltimore. While her husband managed the butchering, she did the accounting and clerking for the six-day-a-week business. After almost 30 years of selling groceries, the couple closed the shop in 1974.

In 1999, the couple moved from Baltimore to Park Chesaco, an apartment complex in Rosedale.

Mrs. Kulbicki was a member of St. Casimir Roman Catholic Church, where she was active in the Ladies of Charity and Blessed Sacrament Sodality. She served on several parish fund-raising committees.

"She was very involved in the parish carnival and weekly bingo," said her son, the Rev. Timothy A. Kulbicki of Baltimore, dean of St. Mary's Seminary in Roland Park. "She was a very determined woman. She continued doing all kinds of church work when she could barely walk."

During Lent, she made codfish cakes to raise money for the parish school, her son said.

She enjoyed crocheting.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 11 a.m. today at St. Casimir Church, 2736 O'Donnell St.

In addition to her son, Mrs. Kulbicki is survived by a daughter, Helene Brightwell of Baldwin; another son, Michael Kulbicki of Rogersville, Mo.; two granddaughters; and two great-grandchildren.

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