Margaret M. Wilzack, 88, saleswoman for 3 decades

October 24, 2004

Margaret M. Wilzack, a retired saleswoman from Hutzler's department store on Howard Street, died of a heart attack Monday at a daughter's home in Bel Air. She was 88.

Mrs. Wilzack worked in the notions department at Hutzler's for more than 30 years, said her daughter Jane M. Schroeder of Bel Air. Mrs. Wilzack retired in 1981.

"She was feisty and outspoken," Mrs. Schroeder said. "She loved the contact with people."

Born Margaret Antkowiak, she was raised in Canton, the youngest of 10 children. She also raised her three children in Canton, where she scrubbed the steps of their rowhouse each Friday and helped clean the local parish church, Mrs. Schroeder said. Although she was a busy mother, Mrs. Wilzack took evening high school courses to earn her diploma when she was in her 40s, her daughter said.

Her husband of 46 years, John J. "Casey" Wilzack, an inspector at General Motors, died in 1981. After his death and her retirement, Mrs. Wilzack became an active member of the Canton Highlandtown Improvement Community Association, said Mrs. Schroeder.

Mrs. Wilzack remained active at St. Brigid Roman Catholic Church until 1995, when she moved to Bel Air to live with her daughter Adele A. Wilzack, a former secretary of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and now the president of the Health Facilities Association of Maryland.

In Bel Air, Mrs. Wilzack was a member of St. Margaret Roman Catholic Church, where a funeral Mass was offered Thursday. She was a member of the Legion of Mary at the church.

In addition to her two daughters, Mrs. Wilzack is survived by a son, Robert G. Wilzack of Dundalk; two sisters, Martha Antkowiak and Anna Antkowiak, both of Timonium; three brothers, John Antkowiak of Timonium, and Carl Antkowiak and Frank Antkowiak, both of Baltimore; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

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