Sister Rita T. KellyAdult education teacherSister Rita...

December 25, 1993

Sister Rita T. Kelly

Adult education teacher

Sister Rita Teresa Kelly, C.D.P., a member of the Sisters of Divine Providence and an adult education teacher at St. Matthew's Church on Loch Raven Boulevard, died Thursday of cancer at Stella Maris Hospice. She was 66.

Sister Rita was born in Canton, Ohio, and her family moved to Maryland when she was 4. She graduated from Seton High School in the early 1940s and in 1943 joined the Sisters of Divine Providence in Kentucky.

She earned a bachelor of arts degree from Villa Madonna College in Covington, Ky., and master's degrees in history and English from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. She earned another master's in pastoral counseling from Loyola College in Baltimore.

Sister Rita taught in Kentucky and Maryland. She also provided counseling at St. Matthew's in Baltimore.

She created a program of pastoral consultant services to give personal growth and management seminars to parish councils, school faculties, religious educators and other groups in the mid-Atlantic region and other states.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 9 a.m. Monday at St. Matthew's Church, 5401 Loch Raven Blvd. Another service will be held at St. Anne's Convent in Melbourne, Ky., Tuesday afternoon, with interment Wednesday in St. Anne's Convent Cemetery.

Sister Kelly is survived by three sisters, Sister Kathleen Kelly, C.D.P., Aileen Gay and Angela Jenkins; and a brother, Thomas C. Kelly, all of Baltimore; 12 nieces and nephews; and many grand-nieces and grand-nephews.

William H. Coates

Sales manager

William H. Coates, a retired sales manager for Coca-Cola Bottling Co.'s mid-Atlantic-Baltimore division, died Tuesday at Wuesthoff Hospital in Rockledge, Fla. He was 85.

He was born in Martinsburg, W.Va., where he attended Martinsburg High School for one year. As a youth, he worked as a coal miner and for the Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Co. of West Virginia.

Mr. Coates began working at Coca-Cola in Baltimore in 1937. He left in 1943 to volunteer for the Army. During World War II, he saw action in Okinawa, Japan and the Philippines and was awarded the Bronze Star.

After the war, he returned to Coca-Cola and was a sales manager until he retired in 1973 and moved to Cocoa, Fla.

Mr. Coates was a member of Rockledge Presbyterian Church in Rockledge.

Services will be held at noon Monday at the Haight Funeral

Home in Sykesville, with interment in Baltimore National Cemetery.

Mr. Coates is survived by his wife, Orma; a son, William B. Coates of Rockledge; a daughter, Drue Becker of Port Orange, Fla.; three grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

Memorial donations may be made to Rockledge Presbyterian Church, 921 Rockledge Drive, Rockledge, Fla. 32955.

John C. Strohecker


John C. Strohecker, a retired National Can Corp. executive, died Friday of cancer at St. Joseph Hospital. He was 81.

He retired in 1977 after 46 years with National Can and moved to Towson.

Mr. Strohecker started at the company's Wolfe Street plant. In 1941, he was promoted to personnel manager. In 1963, he was transferred to Chicago and named director of industrial relations.

A native of Baltimore, he graduated from Baltimore City College.

Mr. Strohecker was a member of the Scottish Rite, the Ambassadors, the Towson Shrine Club and a past president of the Aslak and Scimitar clubs of the Boumi Temple. He was a past president of the Personnel Association of Baltimore.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Ruck Towson Funeral Home, 1050 York Road.

Mr. Strohecker is survived by his wife of five years, the former Nancy Lee Coleman of Towson; a daughter, Lynda Jeanne Strohecker of Nashville, Tenn.; a sister, Savina Fulton of Lutherville; a niece; and a nephew.

Memorial donations may be made to the Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children, in care of Boumi Temple, 4900 N. Charles St., Baltimore, 21210.


Catherine Kline

Bank retiree, 92

Catherine Bertha Kline, a retired Provident Bank employee, died Thursday of heart failure at North Arundel Hospital. She was 92.

Mrs. Kline went to work for Provident Bank in 1950 and retired after 15 years.

In 1927, she married John Edgar Kline, an electrician with the Baltimore & Annapolis Railroad. He died in 1973.

She was born Catherine Bertha Gallagher in Baltimore and moved to Glen Burnie in 1940.

She was a member of Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church in Glen Burnie and its Sodality and Senior Club.

Services will be held at 9 a.m. Monday at Holy Trinity Church, 7436 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd.

Mrs. Kline is survived by many nieces and nephews.

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