Theodore WhitfieldCivil War authorityA memorial service...


March 26, 1991

Theodore Whitfield

Civil War authority

A memorial service for Dr. Theodore M. Whitfield, emeritus professor of history at Western Maryland College and an expert on the Civil War, will be held at noon tomorrow at the Westminster Baptist Church.

Dr. Whitfield, who was 85 and lived in Westminster, died Thursday at the Carroll County General Hospital after a long illness.

He retired in 1971 after teaching at Western Maryland since 1929.

Dr. Whitfield edited the papers of several families in the South, conducted studies and wrote essays about antebellum slave revolts in Virginia and about slavery and its relation to Southern church history.

He was an organizing committee member and former president of the Gettysburg Battlefield Preservation Commission and a former president of the Carroll County Historical Society.

Dr. Whitfield was born in Richmond, Va., and graduated from the University of Richmond in 1926. He earned a doctorate from the Johns Hopkins University. Both degrees were in history.

On his 80th birthday, Dr. Whitfield was ordained as a deacon at the Westminster Baptist Church, where he also sang in the choir and taught Sunday school. Earlier, he taught Sunday school at the Westminster United Methodist Church.

He had also been a board member at the Carroll County General Hospital.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, the former Elizabeth Denny Dixon; a daughter, Margaret Kim of Springfield, Va.; two sons, Theodore M. Whitfield Jr. of Westminster and John Whitfield of New Windsor; 12 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

The family suggested contributions to the building fund of the Westminster Baptist Church.

Sister Mary Paulitta

Teacher and nurse

A Mass of Christian burial for Sister Mary Paulitta Assante, S.S.N.D., a nun for more than 60 years, will be offered at 10 a.m. today at Villa Assumpta, the motherhouse of the School Sisters of Notre Dame, 6401 N. Charles St.

Sister Paulitta, who was 93, died Saturday at the Maria Health Center, the infirmary at Villa Assumpta.

Born and reared in Brooklyn, N.Y., the former Rose Michael Assante worked in a millinery shop before joining the School Sisters of Notre Dame in 1924.

She earned her high school diploma from the Institute of Notre Dame and took her vows in Baltimore in 1928. During her teaching career, Sister Mary Paulitta taught mostly third- and fourth-graders at Catholic schools in Camden, N.J., in Pittsburgh and, from 1949 until 1952, at St. Ambrose School in Baltimore.

From 1952 to 1972, Sister Mary Paulitta worked as a practical nurse at Villa Maria Notchcliff, the order's retirement home. She remained in residence at Notchcliff until it closed. She moved to Villa Assumpta in 1983.

She is survived by a nephew, Anthony Latarre of Staten Island, N.Y.; and a niece, Lolly Dobson of Naples, Fla.

The family suggests donations to the School Sisters of Notre Dame, 6401 N. Charles St.

Glen E. Swartz

Insurance salesman

Services for Glen E. Swartz, a retired insurance salesman, will be held at 11 a.m. today at the Lindsey Funeral Home in Harrisonburg, Va.

Mr. Swartz, who was 80 and moved from Woodlawn to Staunton, Va., about 10 years ago, died Sunday at a hospital in Staunton after a short illness.

He retired in 1975 as a salesman for the Chesapeake Life Insurance Co., where he had worked since moving to Baltimore in 1960.

Earlier, he worked in the insurance business in Staunton. Born in Dayton, Va., he was a graduate of the Roanoke (Va.) Business College.

His wife, the former Pluma Hoover, died in 1969.

He is survived by a son, Edward Allen Swartz of Sykesville.

Marianne M. Starr

Church, civic activist

A Mass of Christian burial for Marianne Monaghan Starr, who was active in church and community groups in Catonsville and Relay, will be offered at 11:30 a.m. tomorrow in the chapel at the Charlestown Retirement Community, 715 Maiden Choice Lane.

Mrs. Starr, who was 64, died Friday at a chronic-care facility in Mechanicsburg, Pa., of complications to a stroke she had in November 1989.

In Catonsville, she had campaigned as a member for the integration of the Five Oaks Swim Club, worked in Democratic campaigns and taught Confraternity of Christian Doctrine classes at St. Mark Roman Catholic Church. More recently, she had represented the Catholic Community at Relay in the Arbutus Ministerium.

She had been ill with chronic rheumatoid arthritis and in 1977, the Arthritis Foundation, in which she was active, named her Patient of the Year.

The former Marianne Monaghan was a native of Wilmington, Del., and came to Baltimore to attend Mount St. Agnes College, from which she graduated in 1951.

She is survived by her husband, Edward L. Starr; three daughters, Mary Frances Starr and Theresa M. Singleton, both of Catonsville, and Maureen Starr of Pasadena; a son, Daniel Starr of Randallstown; four grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

The family suggested memorial contributions to the Arthritis Foundation.

Edith S. Dallam

Amateur genealogist

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