Beatrice Kraus SternPark School alumna, 95Beatrice Kraus...

April 10, 1995

Beatrice Kraus Stern

Park School alumna, 95

Beatrice Kraus Roten Stern, the oldest living alumna of Park School who helped establish the Central Scholarship Fund, died Wednesday of cardiac arrest at her Northwest Baltimore home. She was 95.

Mrs. Stern, the first of four generations to attend Park School, entered the school in 1912 when it was on Auchentoroly Terrace in Baltimore and was promoted immediately to eighth grade.

"That was so I could keep Shak Katz company because he was the only person in that grade," she told Cross Currents, the Park zTC School's alumni magazine last year.

"The most noticeable change from public school was that at Park we all immediately felt very close to our teachers. . . . Park School was like one big happy family. Why, we used to cry when it was time for Christmas vacation because we loved school so much."

She graduated in 1917 and in 1921 received a bachelor's degree from Goucher College.

While at Goucher, she studied with Dr. Hans Froelicher, a professor of art history and German who became a lasting influence on her life.

"One day he said something to me that I've never forgotten. He said, 'Beatrice, I want you to remember this. As you live your life, make the motivation of your actions so high that it could be used for universal legislation.' That was a heavy charge for a 17-year-old girl, but I've never forgotten it," she said in the interview.

After college, she returned to Park School where she taught for several years in the 1920s. In 1927, she married Theodore Roten, an oil company executive. He died in 1950. In 1960, she married Jack Stern, a businessman, and they lived mainly in Palm Beach, Fla., but kept a Baltimore residence. He died in 1970.

Mrs. Stern collected American folk art, and enjoyed sketching and gathering her family's history.

Born and raised on Madison Avenue, she was the granddaughter of Isaac Hamburger, who established Isaac Hamburger & Sons department store in 1850. He died in 1909 and the chain closed in 1992.

Private services for Mrs. Stern were held Friday.

She is survived by a daughter, Jill Roten Myers of Stevenson; two grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; four nephews; and two nieces.

Memorial donations may be made to the Central Scholarship Bureau, 4001 Clarks Lane, Baltimore 21215; or Park School, Old Court Road, Brooklandville 21022.

Frederick William Bloom, former vice president of Popular Club Beverage Co., died Wednesday of respiratory failure at Corsica Hills Nursing Center in Centreville. He was 86.

Mr. Bloom went to work for the beverage company as a driver and rose to vice president before retiring in 1977. The company carried ginger ale and colas and served five mid-Atlantic states.

In the 1930s, he was a manager for American Stores supermarket chain.

After retiring, he lived in St. Petersburg, Fla., for 10 years before moving back to a home on Kent Island. He lived in Eudowood Towers in Towson briefly before moving to the nursing home a few years ago.

Born in Clearfield, Pa., Mr. Bloom was a 1925 graduate of Franklin High School in Reisterstown. During World War II he served in the Army as a master sergeant in Europe.

He enjoyed fishing, sailing and was a former Baltimore Yacht Club member.

Services were to be held at 11 a.m. today at Helfenbein Funeral Home, 106 Shamrock Road in Chester.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, the former Louise Margaret Smullen of Centreville; a daughter, Frances Louise Taylor of Chester; three grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandson.

Memorial donations may be made to the Queen Anne's County Hospice, P.O. Box 179, Centreville 21617.

Sister Mary Rosita

Teacher, administrator

Sister Mary Rosita Moran, a Roman Catholic nun who was a teacher, administrator and church leader, died of a heart attack Friday at Villa Assumpta, a retirement home for the School Sisters of Notre Dame in Baltimore. She was 87.

Sister Rosita never retired and had served her order most recently as community leader and coordinator of hospitality at Villa Assumpta.

The Cumberland native dedicated her life to the church even before finishing high school. She left St. Patrick's School in Cumberland in 1923 at 15 and came to Baltimore. She became a candidate for service in the School Sisters of Notre Dame and professed her vows to become a nun in 1927.

From that year until 1965, she went from teaching grade school in St. Thomas School in Baltimore and another Catholic school in Malden, Mass., to being principal and superior of school staffs successively in Frederick, Annapolis, Hagerstown and Washington.

From 1971 until 1979, Sister Rosita helped govern the Sisters of Notre Dame, as area leader, then as provincial counselor for the Baltimore Province, which includes East Coast states from New Jersey to Florida.

While teaching, she worked nights and weekends on a bachelor's degree at Loyola College, Boston College, the Johns Hopkins University and College of Notre Dame, where she received her degree in mathematics, general science and education in 1942.

A Mass of Christian burial was to be offered at 4:30 p.m. today in the chapel of Villa Assumpta, 6401 N. Charles St.

She is survived by a cousin, Bernard Logsdon of Baltimore; and a niece, Mary Jane Shipley of North Myrtle Beach, S.C.

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