Janet W. Reckord, 86, homemaker and sailor

February 14, 2005

Janet W. Reckord, a homemaker and sailor, died of a stroke Tuesday at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. The Baynesville resident was 86.

Born on Presbury Street in West Baltimore, the former Janet Walker graduated from the Institute of Notre Dame.

In 1943, she married John R. Reckord Sr., an avid sailor who she met while ice skating on Loch Raven Reservoir.

Despite a lifelong dislike of water, Mrs. Reckord spent the rest of her life racing sailboats with her husband.

"She fell over once in all those years," said her daughter, Betsy R. Bell of Sparks. The couple owned and raced Penguin Class dinghies, an Alberg 30, and an Allmand 31. Mrs. Reckord and her husband traveled to Maine and Florida on the Intracoastal Waterway, her daughter said.

When she wasn't sailing, Mrs. Reckord enjoyed crossword puzzles, cooking and sewing.

Services were held on Friday.

In addition to her daughter and husband, Mrs. Reckord is survived by a son, John R. Reckord Jr. of Baltimore; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

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