Sister Rita Alberta Lifelong teacher

November 12, 1990

Sister Rita Alberta Polgreen, a lifelong teacher for the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, died Saturday of congestive heart failure at the order's Villa Julie Infirmary in Stevenson at the age of 86.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 11:30 a.m. today at Villa Julie, 1531 Greenspring Valley Road, where she had been living. A second Mass will be said at 7 p.m. at the Roman Catholic Church of Our Lady of Victory, 4416 Wilkens Ave. in Baltimore.

Born in Methuen, Mass., Sister Rita joined the Sisters of Notre Dame in 1924 when she was 20 years old. She graduated from Trinity College in Washington and began a teaching career that lasted from 1933 until 1985.

Sister Rita taught seventh and eighth grades and also served as a principal during her five-decade career.

Among the 12 schools where she taught were Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Ellicott City and Our Lady of Victory in Baltimore. Sister Rita taught at the Baltimore school from 1964 to 1985.

Surviving are nieces and nephews.

Members of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur suggested that memorial donations be made to Villa Julie Infirmary.

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