Susannah Federico, volunteer, artist, Cockey family scion

November 17, 1995|By Fred Rasmussen | Fred Rasmussen,SUN STAFF

Susannah D. B. C. Federico, an artist, a poet and a scion of the Cockey family that settled Cockeysville, died Tuesday of complications of leukemia at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. She was 66.

The former Susannah Delilah Brown Cockey was married in 1956 to Anthony S. Federico Sr., an attorney, and lived in Homeland.

She was a longtime volunteer at Union Memorial Hospital, St. Joseph Medical Center and Hospice, and the old Veterans Hospital on Loch Raven Boulevard, where she taught art to the patients.

Mrs. Federico was a descendant of Thomas Cockey of Frome, England, a celebrated bell maker. Other ancestors were the Scottish patriot William Wallace, the subject of the recent film "Braveheart," and William Vincent Wallace, the noted Irish composer.

Mrs. Federico was born and raised in Catonsville, graduated from Catonsville High School in 1947 and earned her bachelor's degree from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland in 1991.

According to family members, she was a talented swimmer and diver who also excelled in basketball and played semi-pro ball for the Glenn L. Martin Co.'s Bomberettes during World War II.

"She was an active supporter of her children's athletic teams and her pre-game spaghetti dinners were a tradition with the lacrosse and football teams from McDonogh, Boys' Latin and Johns Hopkins," said a son, Philip C. Federico of Guilford.

She painted watercolors of Maryland landscapes and beaches. They were shown recently at a Cross Keys gallery. Next March, Mrs. Federico's paintings will be exhibited at the College of

Notre Dame of Maryland. She also enjoyed writing poetry and setting her poems to music.

She enjoyed attending the theater in New York, traveling to Europe and visiting Ocean City. She was also a member of the John Eager Howard chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered for Mrs. Federico at 11 a.m. today at the Roman Catholic Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, 5200 N. Charles Street, Baltimore, where she was a communicant.

In addition to her husband and son, she is survived by four other sons, Christopher P. Federico and Michael S. Federico, both of ++ Lutherville, Anthony S. Federico of Homeland and Frank J. Federico of Phoenix, Baltimore County; two daughters, Maria Federico of Butler and Paula Federico Conley of Chapel Hill, N.C.; a brother, Charles A. Cockey of Columbia; two sisters, Louise E. News of Catonsville and Mary W. Grimes of St. Michaels; and 14 grandchildren.

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