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December 17, 1993

Sister Catherine

Cared for children

Sister Mary Catherine Gahle, S.S.N.D., who had cared for children and worked in food service at several institutions operated by the School Sisters of Notre Dame, died Tuesday of heart disease at the Maria Heath Center at the order's motherhouse in Towson.

She was 83 and had retired in 1973 after working for a year in the dining room at the motherhouse.

Born in Westminster, she graduated from St. John Elementary School there.

Before entering the School Sisters of Notre Dame in 1946, she worked as a seamstress in a Westminster factory and helped out at the rectory of St. John Roman Catholic Church there, driving the priest, altar boys and nuns to the missions at Manchester and Hampstead on Sundays, and often serving as a bridesmaid at weddings and godmother at baptisms.

She began her career in food service in 1948 in the bakery at the motherhouse. From 1949 until 1956, she worked at St. Vincent Home for boys in Tacony, Pa., and from 1956 to 1957 at St. Peter Orphanage in Newark, N.J. From 1957 to 1960, she worked at Villa Maria, a retirement home the order used to operate in Glen Arm.

From 1960 to 1961, she worked at the prep school then returned to St. Vincent from 1961 until 1972 when she was assigned to the motherhouse.

After joining the order of nuns, she was known for many years as Sister Mary Antonilda but dropped her religious name when nuns were allowed to use their given names.

A Mass of Christian burial was to be offered at 10 a.m. today in the chapel of Villa Assumpta, the motherhouse, 6401 N. Charles St.

She is survived by a sister, Anne Smith of Westminster; a niece and nephew, two grandnieces and a grandnephew.

Raymond Pollock Sr.

Sun stereotyper

Raymond N. Pollock Sr., a retired stereotyper for The Baltimore Sun Co., died Tuesday after a heart attack at his home on Susquehanna Avenue in Towson. He was 82.

He retired in 1977 after working since 1937 for the publisher of The Sun and The Evening Sun. He also worked for a time in a second job at the News-American, where he also made the semicircular metal plates that were used to print newspapers.

The Baltimore native served two years in the Army during World War II.

He was a member of the Hamilton post of the American Legion, where he started the Honor Guard, and the Disabled American Veterans.

His wife, the former Charlotte E. Moreau, died in 1990.

Services were to be held at 11 a.m. today at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 6515 Loch Raven Blvd.

Mr. Pollock is survived by a son, Raymond N. Pollock Jr. of Dayton, Texas; a stepdaughter, Joan L. Beziat of Baltimore; 10 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.

Elroy W. Wright

Machine operator

Elroy W. Wright, a retired machine operator for the Martin Marietta Corp., died Tuesday at the Fort Howard Veterans Hospital of complications of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig's disease.

He was 74 and lived on Wrights Road in Essex. He retired about five years ago after having gone to work nearly 45 years earlier for what was then the Glenn L. Martin Co.

During World War II, he served in the Pacific with the U.S. Marine Corps and was twice wounded by machine gun fire on Iwo Jima.

Born in Essex, he attended Back River Elementary School.

Services were to be held at 11 a.m. today at the Brudzinski Funeral Home, 1407 Eastern Ave., Essex.

Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Lena M. Wright; two daughters, Catherine Lima and Betty Ashley, both of Glen Burnie; and three grandchildren.

Francis M. Benson

Administered aid

Francis M. Benson, who administered foreign aid programs in the State Department, died Sunday of heart failure at Calvert Memorial Hospital in Prince Frederick.

He was 93 and had moved from Washington to Dowell in Southern Maryland in 1968.

He joined the State Department in 1956 and retired in 1970. He had worked earlier as a regional sales official for the Ford Motor Co. in Maryland, Pennsylvania and New York.

Born in Freeland and reared in several other Maryland communities, Mr. Benson was a 1929 graduate of the Johns Hopkins University.

He was an ordnance officer in the Army during World War II, reaching the rank of captain. He joined the reserves and retired in 1960 with the rank of lieutenant colonel.

His wife, the former Miriam Cronhardt, died in 1983.

Services were set for 10:30 a.m. today at the Eline Funeral Home, 11824 Reisterstown Road in Reisterstown.

He is survived by a daughter, Frances B. Hogg of Toronto, Ontario, Canada; two sisters, Esther Haugh of Lancaster, Pa., and Roberta Labbe of Baltimore; and two grandchildren.

Joan Marie Yersin

Led volunteers

Joan Marie Yersin, a former president and life member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Kingsville Volunteer Fire Company, died Nov. 28 of cancer at her home in Kingsville.

She was 64 and had lived in Kingsville since 1960.

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