Outstanding senior dies on way home from ceremonies


Grace Loffler was on her way home from a ceremony honoring her as one of Maryland's outstanding senior citizens Saturday when her car veered off the road and slammed into a tree, killing the 75-year-old St. Mary's County woman.

Mrs. Loffler was one of two people killed in unrelated traffic accidents over the weekend, police reported.

She was driving north on Town Creek Drive in California, Md., about a half-mile from her East Sunrise Drive home, when the accident happened shortly past 5 p.m., police said.

Earlier in the day, she had been honored by the Maryland Jaycees and Governor William Donald Schaefer in ceremonies at the Holiday Inn in College Park. She had been active in church programs to help the elderly poor with energy, food and medical bills, and helped start an adult day care program.

Mrs. Loffler was the mother of Carl M. "Buddy" Loffler Jr., president of the St. Mary's County commissioners. Born and raised in New York, she graduated from Western Maryland College in 1936 and married Carl M. Loffler Sr. the following year.

A resident of St. Mary's County for more than 30 years, she worked as a secretary and bookkeeper in the family construction business, and served in a variety of posts at the Hollywood United Methodist Church.

Besides her husband and son, Mrs. Loffler is survived by another son, Charles Loffler II of Hollywood, Md.; a daughter, Louise Dean of Lexington Park; and six grandchildren. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Hollywood United Methodist Church.

On Friday, a LaPlata teen-ager died after being thrown from a pickup truck that skidded out of control and rolled on top of him, state police reported yesterday.

Sean Robert Brady, 16, of the 300 block Frederick Drive, was on his way home from school when the accident occurred at 2:48 p.m. on Route 234, just west of Davis Road in Chaptico, said Cpl. David Hansen.

The Brady youth was riding in a 1979 Toyota pickup truck driven by Richard A. Crooks, 17, of the 400 block Ellenwood Drive in LaPlata. The Crooks youth pulled out of a line of cars and passed two vehicles on the left shoulder of the road, Corporal Hansen said. He lost control of the truck, which skidded off the road, rolled into a ditch and overturned, he said.

In other traffic accidents, a 46-year-old Reisterstown man was in serious but stable condition yesterday at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center after being struck by two cars Saturday on Butler Road, Baltimore County police said.

Bernard Carter Jr., of the first block of Sacred Heart Lane, was struck as he walked with his back to traffic, police said.

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