Lillian H. Chabinak, 87, Baltimore County principal

August 28, 2005

Lillian H. Chabinak, a retired Baltimore County elementary school principal, died of heart failure Aug. 20 at the Pickersgill Retirement Community in Towson. She was 87.

Born Lillian Hutchison in Talbot County, she was raised in Wye Mills. She earned a bachelor's degree in education in 1939 from what was then Salisbury State Teachers College. In 1965, she earned a master's in education from Loyola College.

Mrs. Chabinak began teaching at Parkville Elementary School in 1951, and later joined the faculties of Villa Cresta and Pleasant Plains elementaries.

In 1963, she was appointed vice principal of Campfield Elementary, and three years later became principal of Sparks Elementary. She later was principal of Sparrows Point, Eastwood and Essex elementary schools, retiring from the latter in 1981.

Mrs. Chabinak was a member of Unity Center of Christianity on North Charles Street, where she served on the board and as church historian.

Plans for a memorial service were incomplete.

Surviving are two daughters, Susanna Chabinak-Uhlig of Chapel Hill, N.C., and Carol Chabinak of Tavernier, Fla.; two brothers, Homer D. Hutchison of Cabool, Mo., and Holton M. Hutchison of Perry Hall; two sisters, Stella B. Johnston of Sykesville and Marie C. Walter of Parkville; and three grandchildren. Her marriages to Charles Chabinak and John Lunz ended in divorce.

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