Agnes E. Long, 81, owner of typewriter shop

April 22, 2005

Agnes E. Long, former owner of a Baltimore typewriter sales and repair company and volunteer, died of breast cancer Monday at the Broadmead retirement community. The longtime Towson resident was 81.

Born and raised Agnes Elizabeth Luczak in Connellsville, Pa., she came to Baltimore after graduating from high school in 1942 to take a job as a secretary at the old Glenn L. Martin Co. aircraft plant in Middle River.

"When she walked into the plant, my father, Frederick R. Holloway, who was 12 years older, said to his friend, `I'm going to marry that girl,' and they got married in 1944," said her daughter, Lynn H. Hunter of Ellicott City.

The couple started Nationwide Typewriter Co. in their Northwood home and, after the business rapidly expanded, moved it to a building at York Road and Cold Spring Lane.

"In addition to typewriters, they also sold and repaired adding machines and cash registers," Mrs. Hunter said.

After her husband's death in 1970, Mrs. Long kept up the business until retiring in 1974.

During the 1980s, her volunteer work at Good Samaritan Hospital turned into a full-time job when she was hired as a secretary in its rheumatology department.

Mrs. Long was an avid duckpin bowler and ballroom dancer - the latter interest dating to the 1940s, when she worked for two years as an Arthur Murray dance instructor. "She enjoyed dancing for the rest of her life and taught many family members and friends to polka, fox trot and jitterbug," her daughter said.

Mrs. Long was diagnosed with breast cancer 30 years ago and survived numerous surgeries, but remained active and enjoyed golf and jogging at the Gilman School track. She was a member of the Winters Run Golf Club in Bel Air. She also liked traveling and attending high school reunions in Connellsville.

She was an active communicant of Immaculate Heart of Mary Roman Catholic Church, 8501 Loch Raven Blvd. in Baynesville, where she sang with the choir and was a Eucharistic minister. A Mass of Christian burial was to be offered there at 9 a.m. today.

Survivors also include her husband of 33 years, Richard J. Long, a retired Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. systems analyst; a son, F. David Holloway of Easton; a sister, Martha L. Najewicz of Youngwood, Pa.; 10 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

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