Albert Havranek, 84, printer, veteran

July 06, 2006

Albert J. Havranek, a retired printer and Marine Corps veteran of World War II, died Monday of a brain hemorrhage at St. Joseph Medical Center. The Parkville resident was 84.

He immigrated with his father to East Baltimore from Czechoslovakia at age 9, and in 1940 graduated from a vocational high school program.

He enlisted in the Marines in 1940 and served in the Pacific theater. He held the rank of sergeant at his 1945 discharge.

He began working for the French-Bray Printing Co. in Baltimore, retiring in 1987. He served as a shop steward in the International Typographical Union.

His wife of half a century, the former Audrey Grace Davis, died in 1996. The couple had lived in the Cub Hill area for many years, and in retirement they became "snowbirds," taking their recreation vehicle to Florida for winter. They traveled the Tamiami Trail, camping across the state.

Mr. Havranek was a founding member of Christus Victor Lutheran Church in Parkville.

He enjoyed the Senior Olympics for several years and received medals in softball and softball skills. In 1991, his Maryland team placed second.

Mr. Havranek ended his participation in the Senior Olympics after he broke his wrist sliding into second base in the 1990s, but played softball with a Parkville senior citizen group after 1996. He enjoyed activities at the Parkville Senior Center.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at the Johnson Funeral Home, 8521 Loch Raven Blvd.

Survivors include a son, Albert J. Havranek Jr. of Reisterstown; two daughters, Sheila A. Kegg of Glen Arm and Shelly J. Welling of Cub Hill; and three grandsons.

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