A. Virginia Saffran, 73

Bank vice president

October 15, 2007

A. Virginia Saffran, a former vice president and board member of Fraternity Federal Savings and Loan Association in Baltimore, died of Parkinson's disease Thursday at her Woodlawn home. She was 73.

Born and raised in Baltimore, Ms. Saffran joined Fraternity Federal as an executive secretary in 1953, a year before she graduated from the Institute of Notre Dame. For 41 years, she worked at the financial institution, rising to vice president, secretary and board member.

During her tenure at the savings and loan, she was responsible for hiring tellers, supervising payroll and overseeing compliance with federal banking rules, said her sister, M. Anita Saffran of Woodlawn.

Ms. Saffran was an avid musician from an early age. She was the organist and choir director for St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Woodlawn from 1963 to 1982, and she played as a substitute organist for several area churches into the mid-1990s.

A funeral Mass will be held Wednesday at St. Agnes Catholic Church in Catonsville.

Other survivors include a brother, G. Theodore Saffran of Woodlawn; and a niece, Lisa Marie Benton of Marriottsville.

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