Margaret C. Ptaszynski

Margaret C. Ptaszynski (August 3, 2011)

Margaret C. Ptaszynski, a homemaker and former clothing store sales associate, died July 25 of dementia at Riverview Nursing Home in Essex.

She was 93.

Margaret Catherine Stanislawa, one of eight children, was born in Baltimore and spent the remainder of her life in Canton and Highlandtown.

"She was 3 years old when her mother died, and she was raised by her father, Joseph Stanislawa, a jeweler," said her son, Paul J. Ptaszynski, who lives in Bel Air.

She attended St. Casimir's Parochial School.

After her marriage in 1935 to Joseph Ptaszynski, a first mate aboard tugboats, the couple remained in the Canton-Highlandtown neighborhood.

She was widowed in 1954.

During the 1980s, Mrs. Ptaszynski worked as a sales associate at Gallo Clothing Inc. on Eastern Avenue.

"My mother never learned to drive a car, so she walked everywhere or rode streetcars and buses," her son said. "She loved shopping on 'The Avenue' — Eastern Avenue — and walked there two or three times a week."

"She lived her entire life in the same neighborhood and had never been more than 250 miles from Baltimore, and that was the one time she visited New York City," said Mr. Ptaszynski.

Mrs. Ptaszynski enjoyed tending the flowers she grew in her backyard.

"She was known for her easygoing nature and willingness to help others without being asked," her son said.

In addition to shopping, she enjoyed dancing and visiting her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Services were Friday at Connelly Funeral Home in Dundalk.

Also surviving are two daughters, Mary Lynn Ford of Perry Hall and Margie Gray of Hanover, Pa.; four grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

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