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June 09, 1995

Sister Mary Adele

Taught in Baltimore

Sister Mary Adele Francis Gorman, O.S.F., who taught in Baltimore schools and was historian of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia, died Wednesday of cancer at the order's retirement home, Assisi House in Aston, Pa. She was 81.

Sister Adele was historian for about five years and had done extensive research on the order's founder, Mother Francis Bachmann.

She was an expert on the history of the American Catholic Church, and had been a history professor for more than 20 years at Neumann College in Aston, where she also had worked in the development office. She left the faculty in 1986.

In the Baltimore area, she taught at the Catholic High School in the 1940s and at Towson Catholic High School in the 1950s and 1960s.

She was born Mary Adele Gorman in Baltimore and graduated from what is now Notre Dame Preparatory School and the College of Notre Dame of Maryland. She entered the Sisters of St. Francis in 1943.

She held a master's degree from Villanova University, and a doctorate from Notre Dame University. She did graduate work at the Johns Hopkins University, Loyola College, Mount St. Mary's College in Emmitsburg, and the University of Denver.

Sister Adele taught in extension programs of Mount St. Mary's and Villanova.

She wrote many professional papers, books and lectures, and was a member of the American Historical Association, the American Catholic Historical Association, the History Committee of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops for the Bicentennial in 1976, the Kappa Gamma Pi honorary society, and other groups. She also received several medals and prizes for her work.

She was a member of Church Women United, an ecumenical group, and represented Delaware County, Pa., consumers in a regional comprehensive health planning organization.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 6:30 p.m. today in the chapel of Our Lady of Angels Convent, the motherhouse of her order in Aston.

% She had no survivors.

Sister Mary Doris


Sister Mary Doris Zika, S.S.N.D., a retired teacher, died Wednesday of complications after surgery at the Health Center at Villa Assumpta. She was 83.

Sister Doris had lived in retirement at Villa Assumpta, the motherhouse of the School Sisters of Notre Dame, since 1993, coming there from the Madonna Community in Southwest Baltimore.

From 1990 until 1992, she taught at the Cardinal Shehan School at St. Matthew's Roman Catholic Church in Northeast Baltimore.

A fourth-grade teacher for much of her career, she was assigned Sacred Heart of Jesus School in Highlandtown from 1954 to 1960 and to St. Mark's School in Catonsville from 1961 until 1990. Between the two assignments, she was prefect at an orphanage in Philadelphia.

Earlier, she had assignments in New York City and at St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church in Washington, D.C.

She was born Anna Zika in Baltimore and graduated from St. Wenceslaus School and the Institute of Notre Dame. She entered the School Sisters of Notre Dame in 1931.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. tomorrow in the chapel of Villa Assumpta, 6401 N. Charles St.

She is survived by a sister, Mary Turek of Baltimore; and nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.


Frank L. Rossi

Real estate broker

Frank L. Rossi, a retired real estate broker and a former partner in a bus company, died Monday of heart and respiratory disease at his home in Akron, Ohio. The Harford County native was 78.

Mr. Rossi moved to Akron from Timonium in 1988 after he retired as a broker specializing in commercial real estate for Toohey and Associates, a Timonium real estate firm.

Until the late 1960s, he had been a partner in Harford Motor Coach Co.

He was born in Hickory and served in the Navy during World War II.

A memorial service for Mr. Rossi was to be held at 8:30 p.m. today in Ohio.

He is survived by his wife, the former E. Jeanne Ealy; a daughter, Marlyn Myer of Timonium; a granddaughter; and three great-grandchildren.

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