Catherine Agnes Lortz, office administrator

November 03, 2008|By Mary Gail Hare

Catherine Agnes Lortz, a retired office administrator for the state and accomplished pianist, died Wednesday at St. Joseph Medical Center of complications from a broken hip. The lifelong Baltimore resident was 99.

The daughter of a baker who owned a store in Govans, Ms. Lortz attended Notre Dame Preparatory School and began working for the state Department of Agriculture soon after her graduation.

She remained with the Animal Health Division for 44 years, retiring in 1973. In her retirement, she volunteered at St. Joseph Medical Center and kept the books for the hospital's gift shop for 20 years.

In 1992, she moved to Pickersgill Retirement Community, where she entertained residents on piano.

Services were held Saturday.

Survivors include a niece, Mary Jean Strohecker of Bel Air; and a nephew, C. Richard Lortz of Lutherville.

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