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Lorraine Mihok

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Lorraine D. Mihok, a retired John Carroll School office administrator, died March 6 at Symphony Manor Assisted Living of complications from a fall following a stroke she suffered in 2012. The Forest Hill resident was 75.

Born Lorraine Dailey in Baltimore, she was the daughter of Irving Dailey, a trucking firm owner, and Stella Dailey, a homemaker. Raised on East Preston Street, she was a 1956 graduate of the Catholic High School of Baltimore, where she excelled academically.

She became a Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. secretary and worked at its Lexington Street headquarters. Family members said that she met her future husband, Andrew T. Mihok, when he was installing telephone equipment near her desk.

"It was a 30-minute job that my father extended to three days," said her son, Thomas J. Mihok, a Tompkins Financial Advisors vice president.

The couple settled in Parkville on Creighton Avenue, where she became active at St. Thomas More Roman Catholic Church.

"She enjoyed the performing arts and music," said her son. "She would put on a stereo Barbra Streisand singing 'Second Hand Rose' as she vacuumed. She and my father later became ushers at the Painters Mill Music Fair."

The family moved to Harford County, and when Mrs. Mihok learned of a job opening at the John Carroll School in Bel Air, she applied to be a receptionist and secretary in the school office. She remained for 27 years.

"She was at the front door to our school for so many years," said Patti Murphy Dohn, the John Carroll campus minister. "She greeted people with a smile and made people feel special and important. She had a quiet elegance and a sense of grace about her. She cared about people and had a heart of gold."

Her son said that years of study of Latin in high school taught her an appreciation for grammar.

"She corrected her family's grammar," he said. "She winced when she heard a preposition ending a sentence. She was tough in her own way — she was independent and possessed a clever, dry wit that often caught conversation partners by surprise."

Mrs. Mihok enjoyed travel throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe. She traveled throughout Normandy and Paris with a friend she made at John Carroll.

As the matriarch of her family, she hosted Christmas dinners. She also began a tradition of having family members sing verses of the "The Twelve Days of Christmas." The family continued the custom after she entered assisted living.

She remained a patron of Broadway musicals and took bus trips to New York City.

She was also an enthusiastic fan at her grandchildren's soccer and lacrosse games, cheerleading and dance events.

Mrs. Mihok enjoyed local dishes, including oysters and crabs at the Peppermill in Towson. Years ago, she breaded and fried her own oysters for dinners following school football games. She was a devotee of the Ravens, Penn State and Notre Dame. She was also a Joe Flacco fan. Her son said she ran "a clean, well-organized home."

"A highlight in her final years was watching football games surrounded by her family as the Ravens went on to win the Super Bowl," said her grandson, Christopher T. Mihok, who lives in Richmond, Va.

A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. April 8 at St. Ignatius Roman Catholic Church in Hickory, 533 E. Jarrettsville Road, where she was a member.

In addition to her son, who lives in Devon, Pa., and her grandson, survivors include a daughter Maria Mihok of Baltimore; a brother, Donald Dailey of Woodlawn; a sister, Elaine Hughes of Fullerton; and a granddaughter. Her husband of 50 years, a Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Co. manager, died in 2009.

jacques.kelly@baltsun.com

An earlier version of this obituary gave the wrong year of Mrs. Mihok's husband's death. The Baltimore Sun regrets the error.

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