Katharine Reilly IrrVolunteerA Mass of Christian burial...


February 06, 1992

Katharine Reilly Irr


A Mass of Christian burial for Katharine Reilly Irr, a former teacher who had been active in church and other organizations, will be offered at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, 5200 N. Charles St.

Mrs. Irr lived in Homeland for many years. She died yesterday at Keswick of complications of Alzheimer's disease. She was 88.

Her husband, Henry P. Irr, first president of the Baltimore Federal Savings and Loan Association, which later became Baltimore Federal Financial, died in 1981.

Mrs. Irr did volunteer work with the auxiliaries of St. Vincent's Center and the Stella Maris Hospice and she was a member of the International Federation of Catholic Alumnae. Both she and her husband were honored by the Roman Catholic Church by being named to the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem.

She was also a member of the Three Arts Club of Homeland and the Baltimore Country Club.

The former Katharine Reilly was a graduate of Mount St. Agnes High School and what is now Towson State University.

She taught in public elementary schools in Baltimore before her marriage in 1928.

She is survived by a daughter, Dorothy Irr Fetting of Baltimore; a brother, Phillip E. Reilly of Towson; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

The family suggested that memorial contributions could be made to the Sisters of Mercy Retirement Fund at 6806 Bellona Ave.

Catherine Wenger

Parent volunteer

Services for Catherine Wenger, who was active in the parents' clubs of both McDonogh and Roland Park Country schools, will be held at noon tomorrow at Towson Presbyterian Church, Chesapeake and Highland avenues.

Mrs. Wenger, who was 73, died Monday of heart disease at her home on Boyce Avenue in Towson.

She had been on the board of the McDonogh School Parents Club and chaired its Christmas bazaars and was a member of the parents' group at Roland Park Country School.

A member of the Three Arts Club of Homeland, she did volunteer work at the Johns Hopkins Hospital for many years. When the Greater Baltimore Medical Center was built, she was on its decorating committee. She was a founder of the Four Winds Garden Club and was a member of the Heatherfield Garden Club.

Mrs. Wenger was also a member of the Baltimore Country Club.

The former Catherine Anne Gehrett was a native of Huntingdon, Pa., and a graduate of Juniata College, where she headed the student council and was May and homecoming queen. She moved to Baltimore in 1950.

Her husband, Dr. Alvin P. Wenger, is a former head of otolaryngology at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center, where he is director of the Milton J. Dance Jr. Cancer Head and Neck Rehabilitation Center.

In addition to her husband, Mrs. Wenger's survivors include a daughter, Suzanne Redmond of Towson; a son, Alvin P. Wenger III of Laguna Beach, Calif.; and two grandchildren.

A. Isabella Clarke

Painter, poet

A Mass of Christian burial for A. Isabella Clarke, who painted in oils and wrote poetry, will be offered at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Michael's Roman Catholic Church, Willow Avenue and Belair Road in Overlea.

Mrs. Clarke had lived in Cape Canaveral, Fla., since 1990. She died at the age of 96 Monday at a hospital there of complications from a broken hip.

The former A. Isabella Hopps was born in Baltimore and attended Eastern High School. As a young woman, she was a secretary and bookkeeper for the Gustave Herzer Co., which sold hay, grain and feed.

Her husband, Emerson V. Clarke Sr., died in 1965.

She moved to Florida from Pylesville but had lived in the Overlea area for much of her life.

Several of her poems were published. She had won awards for her paintings in community art shows.

She is survived by three sons, Emerson V. Clarke Jr. of Pylesville,Carroll Anthony Clarke of Cape Canaveral and Edward Jefferson Clarke of Baltimore; 16 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Paul R. Martin

State personnel officer

Services for Paul R. Martin, a personnel administrator in the Baltimore office of the Maryland secretary of public safety and correctional services, will be held at 11 a.m. today at Grace English Evangelical Lutheran Church, 601 Valleyfield Road, Lutherville.

Mr. Martin lived on Kellogg Road in Lutherville. He died early Monday at St. Joseph Hospital of congestive heart failure at the age of 42.

He had worked in personnel offices of state agencies for 18 years.

The Baltimore native was a graduate of Towson High School and the University of Maryland at College Park.

Mr. Martin had been president of the Longford Community Association and was a former member of the Maryland National Guard.

He is survived by his wife, the former Nancy Curlett; a daughter, Rachel Martin of Lutherville; his parents, Arthur C. and Katherine Martin of Towson; two sisters, Patricia Gilbert of Westminster and Joan Turner of Indian Head; a brother, David Martin of White Hall; and many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

Charles I. Gordon

Fire lieutenant

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