Mary Sylvia Putens, 69, a longtime Stoneleigh resident and a retired purchasing agent for Baltimore County, died Thursday of complications from cancer at the Cardinal Shehan Center in Dulaney Valley, where she had lived since June.
A mass of Christian burial was being offered today at Immaculate Conception Church in the 100 block of Ware Avenue in Towson.
The youngest of 12 children, the former Mary Mikolajczyk was born and reared in Hazleton, Pa. She attended George Washington University and stayed in Washington during World War II as a secretary to a general.
In 1948, she moved to Baltimore to be near an older sister. It was here that she met Howard L. Putens, whom she married in 1949.
The couple settled in Stoneleigh, and when the children arrived, Mrs. Putens quit her job with an insurance company. When they were older, she resumed her career, first at the admissions office at Towson State University, then as a court stenographer in Baltimore County's juvenile justice system.
In 1966, Mrs. Putens went to work for the county government, first as an administrative secretary, then an administrative assistant and finally as a purchasing agent.
Mrs. Putens remained with the county for 18 years, retiring in 1984 to care for her husband, whose health was declining. Mr. Putens died two years later.
For a time, Mrs. Putens taught Sunday school at Immaculate Conception. She was a volunteer at the Stella Maris Hospice in Dulaney Valley and was a member of the Women's Auxiliary at St. Joseph Hospital, where she was co-manager of the gift shop during the two years before her death. At the time of her cancer diagnosis in April, Mrs. Putens was training to be a volunteer at the Pregnancy Center in Towson.
Survivors include a son, Edward V.J. Putens of Greenbelt; two daughters, Janet L. Rommel of Salisbury and Deborah L. Gibbons of Hampstead; three sisters, Hedwig Patchak of Baltimore, Helen Wasilewski of Hazleton and Laura Kulig of Levittown, Pa., and 10 grandchildren.