Charles Preslipsky

[ Age 87 ] X-ray technician helped run family-owned day care.

December 24, 2007

Charles Preslipsky, who helped run a family-owned day care center in Odenton for 50 years, died of heart failure Dec. 15 at Baltimore Washington Medical Center in Glen Burnie. The Odenton resident was 87.

Born in Sarver, Pa., Mr. Preslipsky graduated from Tarentum High School in 1939. After graduation, he worked for two years in the Sun coal mines in western Pennsylvania outside Pittsburgh -- the same mines that his father and older brother had worked.

With his brother, he joined the Army in 1943 and served as an X-ray technician during World War II at the hospital at Fort Meade. He met his future wife, Pauline Brown of Knoxville, Tenn., on the base; they married in 1944.

They both left the Army in 1945 and settled in Odenton. He worked as an electrician's helper for National Plastics Co. in Odenton for nearly three years. In 1948, he began working in the infirmary at the Maryland House of Correction in Jessup, taking X-rays and caring for ill inmates when physicians weren't available, said his son, Stephen Preslipsky of Pasadena.

During his tenure at the House of Correction, Mr. Preslipsky helped his wife run a day care out of their home in Odenton. The day care center, which opened in 1957, was among the first in Anne Arundel County and remains a family-owned business, Stephen Preslipsky said. His father retired from the House of Correction in 1975.

In his free time, Mr. Preslipsky enjoyed vegetable gardening and hunting deer and ducks in Somerset County. He was a member of the American Legion and the National Rifle Association, and was a parishioner of St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church in Odenton.

A funeral Mass was offered Tuesday.

In addition to his son, he is survived by his wife of 63 years; two daughters, Sue Wheaton of Queenstown and Mary Bartlinski of Severn; a sister, Sally Sicuro of West Brooksville, N.Y.; and five grandchildren.

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