Anna F. Benick, 83, assembly line worker

January 27, 2004

Anna F. Benick, a former assembly line worker and baker, died of heart failure Wednesday at Chesapeake Hospice House in Linthicum. She was 83.

Born Anna Frances Kociolek and raised in Shenandoah, Pa., she moved to Baltimore in 1941.

A longtime Brooklyn resident who had been living in Arnold since 2001, she had been employed for more than 20 years as an assembly line worker at Roper Industries in Columbia, manufacturers of window shades and blinds. She retired in 1985.

She was married in 1941 to Alfred A. Benick Sr., a federal government worker who died in 1998.

Mrs. Benick was known for her homemade poundcakes and also enjoyed polka music.

She was a communicant of St. Athanasius Roman Catholic Church in Curtis Bay, where a funeral Mass was offered yesterday.

She is survived by a son, Alfred A. Benick Jr. of Owosso, Mich.; two daughters, Christine V. Schmidt of Arnold and Mary Ann F. Bolavage of Derwood; a brother, Peter J. Kociolek Jr. of Harrisburg, Pa.; two sisters, Dorothy Wasilewski of Reading, Pa., and Rose Fialkowski of Linthicum; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

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