Francisco E. Potepan Jr., 82

July 18, 2006

Francisco Eduardo Potepan Jr., a retired industrial foreman and active church member, died of Parkinson's disease Thursday at Charlestown Retirement Community in Catonsville. He was 82.

Mr. Potepan was born in Slovenia and arrived by steamship with his family at Ellis Island in 1929. The family settled in Yeagertown, Pa., where he graduated from high school in 1942.

Deferred from military service during World War II because of asthma, Mr. Potepan held jobs in Detroit and Phoenix, Ariz., before moving to Baltimore in 1948 and beginning 20 years as a foreman at Bendix Corp. in Towson. He earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Baltimore in 1965.

He was a foreman at Koppers Co. for 17 years before retiring in 1985.

Mr. Potepan was an active member for 50 years of Redeemer Lutheran Church in Irvington, where he was an elder, taught Sunday school, and assisted in theater productions and grounds management. He also volunteered at Augsburg Lutheran Home and Village.

Mr. Potepan enjoyed playing his guitar and concertina. At Charlestown, where the former Westgate resident had lived for a decade, he performed with the Little Theatre and was a member of the Harmonizers.

Every Thursday evening, Mr. Potepan enjoyed entertaining retirement community residents who gathered in the Terrace Room to hear him play his guitar, family members said.

An avid golfer, he played once a week at the Forest Park course.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at Our Lady of the Angels Chapel at Charlestown, 709 Maiden Choice Lane.

Surviving are his wife of 50 years, the former Constance Elfring; a son, Frank E. Potepan III of Glenwood; two daughters, Benita Bauer of Houston and Judith Potepan-McCarty of Harrisonburg, Va.; nine grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

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