Helen M. Preis, 91, parochial school teacher

July 06, 2005

Helen M. Preis, a retired parochial school teacher and mother of 11 who was active in her college's alumnae association, died of cancer complications yesterday at St. Joseph's Medical Center. A resident of Towson for many years, she was 91.

Born Helen Mary Morningstar in Baltimore and raised in Gardenville, she was a 1932 graduate of Notre Dame of Maryland Preparatory School and earned an economics degree from the College of Notre Dame. She remained active in Notre Dame's alumnae affairs and had served twice as alumnae association president.

When the youngest of her 11 children started school in the 1960s, Mrs. Preis began teaching English, social studies and history at Immaculate Conception Parochial School in Towson. She taught there until the 1980s.

Her husband of 60 years, John G. Preis, a Hamilton Junior High School industrial arts teacher, died in 1998.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Friday at St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church, 13305 Long Green Pike, Hydes.

Survivors include three sons, John G. Preis Jr. of Annapolis, William A. Preis of Baltimore and Laurence M. Preis of Towson; six daughters, Julie Preis of Silver Spring, Dorothea A. Preis of Charlotteville, Va., Justine Preis of Baldwin, Gretchen Preis of Lakeside, Ore., Colette Preis of Edgewater and Janet Preis of Towson; 17 grandchildren, and 14 great-grandchildren. A son, Mark Preis, died in 1969. A daughter, Margaret M. Dausch, died in March.

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