Frank J. Sewell, a retired mail carrier whose church and civic work earned him a papal medal and other awards, died Friday in his sleep after an apparent heart attack at his home on McKean Avenue.
A Mass of Christian burial for Mr. Sewell, who was 78, will be offered at 10 a.m. tomorrow at St. Peter Claver Roman Catholic Church, 1546 N. Fremont Ave.
He retired 13 years ago after 34 years as a mail carrier. He earlier worked for a time for the Social Security Administration.
A former president of the Baltimore Council of the St. Vincent de Paul Society and a former alternate delegate in the Archdiocesan Holy Name Society, Mr. Sewell was also a member of the St. Peter Claver parish council, an usher there and active in food and fuel programs.
He was active in the Associated Catholic Charities Campaign for Human Development and the Sandtown-Winchester Educational Restructuring.
His awards for his work, much of it with the poor, included the papal Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice Medal.
Born in Ridge, in St. Mary's County, he was a graduate of St. Peter Claver School and the Cardinal Gibbons Institute there.
His wife, the former Cecilia Marshall, died in 1972.
He is survived by four daughters, Mary A. Harris, Ann Richardson and Cecilia Howell, all of Baltimore, and Elsie Neely of Washington; three sons, John Sewell and William Sewell, both of Baltimore, and Raymond Sewell of Washington; two sisters, Elsie Bailey Speights of Baltimore and Rosie Cutcumber of Valley Lee, St. Mary's County; 27 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
The family suggested that memorial contributions could be made to the St. Vincent de Paul Society.