Edith F. Toporovich, 88, homemaker, volunteer

May 10, 2004

Edith F. Toporovich, a homemaker, died Thursday of aspiration pneumonia at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. The Dundalk resident was 88.

Edith Goehringer was born in Hell's Kitchen in New York. While taking care of her father on the east side of the city, she met Thomas Toporovich. They married in 1951.

"She was one of God's gifts to the Earth," said Mr. Toporovich, former secretary to the Baltimore County Council and well-known community activist. "She was one of those people who brought joy wherever she went."

Mr. Toporovich said that during the 53 years the couple were together, his wife had to work only one day: as a waitress at a Pennsylvania drive-in in 1952.

Mr. Toporovich's job took them to Maryland in 1955 and eventually Dundalk, where they lived for the past 35 years. Mrs. Toporovich kept an active home life, making most of her clothes. The couple were also active in their community, volunteering for the Jaycees and heritage fairs.

"She was a delightful, kind woman who was always concerned about others," said Neil Behan, a retired Baltimore County police chief and a close friend of the Toporovichs' for 25 years.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 11 a.m. today at St. Rita Roman Catholic Church, 2907 Dunleer Road, Dundalk.

In addition to her husband, Mrs. Toporovich is survived by four nieces and a nephew.

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