Joseph H. Slawinski, 75, bakery owner and golfer

October 14, 2005

Joseph H. Slawinski, a retired baker and avid golfer, died of a stroke Saturday at St. Joseph Medical Center. He was 75.

Mr. Slawinski was born in Baltimore and raised on Chesterfield Avenue near Herring Run Park. He was a 1948 graduate of Loyola High School and attended Loyola College.

In the late 1940s, Mr. Slawinski went to work in the Pelham Bakery in the 3500 block of Belair Road. He later became co-owner of the business that his father had established in 1945.

"One of their specialties was personalized wedding cakes and they were also known for their cheesecake and pastries," said a son, Steven J. Slawinski of York, Pa.

After selling the business in 1982, Mr. Slawinski became manager of the bakery department at what is now Mercy Medical Center, where he oversaw production of baked goods for hospital patients and the Sisters of Mercy. He retired in 2002.

For several years, Mr. Slawinski had a part-time job as a golf starter at the Baltimore Country Club's Five Farms course. The 40-year Lutherville resident was a Ravens and Colts fan.

He was a member of the Notre Dame Council 2901 of the Knights of Columbus and the Roman Catholic Church of the Nativity in Timonium.

A funeral Mass was offered Wednesday.

Survivors include his wife of 51 years, the former Joan Donnelly; another son, Michael F. Slawinski of Lutherville; a daughter, Kathleen S. Kreiner of Perry Hall; and three grandchildren.

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