Florence Micherdzinski

Florence J. Micherdzinski, a retired Bendix Corp. executive assistant and an avid gardener, died Friday of an intestinal blockage at Gilchrist Hospice in Towson.

She was 88.

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Florence Januzak was born and raised in Buffalo, N.Y., where she graduated in 1943 from Villa Maria Academy.

After graduating from high school, she worked as a secretary for New York state government in Buffalo, until moving to Washington in the late 1940s.

In 1953, when the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare was established during the administration of President Dwight D. Eisenhower, Mrs. Micherdzinski became the administrative assistant to Oveta Culp Hobby, who was named to head the department.

Mrs. Micherdzinski later went to work for Bendix Corp. in Towson, where she was an executive assistant for more than 20 years, until retiring in 1992.

The longtime Phoenix, Baltimore County, resident enjoyed working in the flower gardens she created at her home.

She was also a world traveler and enjoyed taking cruises.

"She was the light in the life of everyone who knew her," said her grandson, Andrew Flood of Atlanta. "Her wit and sense of humor were always able to put life in the proper perspective, regardless of circumstance."

Mrs. Micherdzinski was a communicant of St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church in Hydes, where plans for a Mass of Christian burial were incomplete.

In addition to her grandson, survivors include her husband of 65 years, Richard Micherdzinski, retired director of fine arts for Baltimore public schools; a daughter, Elizabeth Flood of Glen Arm; a granddaughter; and three great-grandchildren.

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