Edwin J. P. Lentz, 75, public relations director


Edwin J. P. Lentz, a retired public relations director and store manager for Hauswald Baking Co., died in his sleep Sunday at his Timonium home. He was 75.

Mr. Lentz, a descendant of the Hauswald family which established the West Baltimore bakery in 1915, joined the company in 1945. He headed the public relations department and managed the bakery's outlet stores. He retired in 1986.

In retirement, he developed a second career, helping his son renovate houses and making signs for his daughter, Charlotte Elizabeth "Betsy" Lentz, a real estate agent for Coldwell Banker Grempler Realty Inc. in Timonium.

"They were very distinctive signs with colonial spindles on top," said Ms. Lentz, adding that her firm wanted him to make all their signs.

She described her father as a man with a "warm smile, friendly wave and always a tip of his hat."

Mr. Lentz was born on Arunah Avenue in West Baltimore, and graduated from McDonogh School in 1943.

In 1945, he married Virginia Lee Reid, who died in 1983.

An avid vegetable gardener and canner, his zucchini bread and pickles won blue ribbons at the Maryland State Fair. A gourmet cook, he enjoyed making soups.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. today at Lemmon Funeral Home, 10 W. Padonia Road, Timonium.

In addition to his daughter, he is survived by a son, Kenneth E. Lentz of Stoneleigh; two other daughters, Bonnie L. Sturgis of Crofton and Jo-Ann R. Lentz of Florida; a sister, Charlotte Hauswald Lentz of Catonsville; and four grandchildren.

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