Anna Grace Hendrickson, 76, longtime activist

August 31, 1996|By Fred Rasmussen | Fred Rasmussen,SUN STAFF

Gerard Vincent Neale: An obituary in yesterday's editions of The Sun gave an incorrect date for a Mass of resurrection being offered for Gerard Vincent Neale, a social worker and a tenor who sang with the Baltimore Municipal Opera Company. The Mass will be offered at 11 a.m. Saturday.

The Sun regrets the error.

Anna Grace Hendrickson, a United Methodist churchwoman and longtime activist for social causes, died Thursday of cancer at a hospital in Blacksburg, Va. She was 76.

Mrs. Hendrickson, who had lived in Woodensburg in western Baltimore County, had recently gone to live with a daughter in Newport, Va.


She was a longtime member of Glyndon United Methodist Church, where she was a lay reader and served on nearly every church committee and on the board of trustees.

She also held office at the local, district and conference levels of United Methodist Women, using those forums to advocate ecumenical and humanitarian ministries.

Mrs. Hendrickson was a charter member of the Methodist Federation of Social Action of the Baltimore-Washington Conference and wrote articles for the United Methodist Reporter on the need to eradicate injustice.

She was a former president of the Board of Church and Society of the Baltimore-Washington Annual Conference of the church, which honored her with its Swords Into Plowshares award in recognition of a lifetime of activism.

During the Vietnam War era, Mrs. Hendrickson organized a draft counseling service, marched in anti-war protests and was active in the Reisterstown Community Crisis Center, which aids the needy.

Her sister, Margaret Wooden, who had lived next door to her in Woodensburg and shared her views, said Mrs. Hendrickson's social conscience was aroused by teachers at Randolph-Macon Woman's College in Lynchburg, Va., and Goucher College.

"People thought we were crackpots, and our husbands weren't too thrilled at first about our activities and liberal causes, but we eventually succeeded in converting them," said Mrs. Wooden, who lives at the Methodist Home in Gaithersburg.

The Rev. J. Philip Wogaman of Foundry United Methodist Church in Washington, said Mrs. Hendrickson "was an enormously valuable leader in the life of the church and in getting the church to relate its gospel to social issues and problems.

"She was greatly respected. People respected her who didn't always agree with her. In a time of so much mean-spiritedness over controversial public issues, she was always able to be reasonable in the way she dealt with these matters. There is a lot of 'grace' there," Dr. Wogaman said.

Born and raised in West Baltimore, the former Anna Grace Manger was a 1938 graduate of Stratford Hall School in Danville, Va. In 1941, she married Ole Hendrickson Sr., who died in 1984.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Sept. 9 at Glyndon United Methodist Church, 4731 Butler Road.

Other survivors include include a son, Ole Hendrickson Jr. of Pembroke, Ontario; two daughters, Susan Jane Hendrickson of Woodensburg and Erica Hendrickson Jones of Newport, Va.; a brother, C. Philip Manger of Towson; and a granddaughter.

Gerard Vincent Neale, 39, opera tenor, social worker

Gerard Vincent Neale, a social worker and a tenor who sang with the Baltimore Municipal Opera Company, died Sunday of complications from AIDS at the Stella Maris Hospice at Mercy Medical Center. He was 39.

He had worked at the Baltimore Department of Social Services for the past two years. Earlier, he worked in the medical and insurance industries.

The Baltimore native earned a bachelor's degree from Morehouse College in Atlanta.

A Mass of resurrection will be offered at 11 a.m. today at St. Edward Roman Catholic Church, Poplar Grove and Prospect streets, where he sang in the choir.

He is survived by his parents, Joseph Neale Sr. and Rita Neale of Baltimore; four brothers, Michael Neale and John Neale of

Baltimore, Joseph Neale Jr. of Riverside, Calif., and Samuel Neale of Tennessee; five sisters, Julia N. Montgomery, Catherine F. Neale, Rita A. Thomas-El, Helena M. Bunch and Michele A. Killette, all of Baltimore; and many nieces and nephews.

Sister Regina Marie, 77, mathematics teacher

Sister Regina Marie Albert, S.S.N.D., a mathematics teacher, died Wednesday of complications from a stroke at Maria Health Center at Villa Asumpta, the motherhouse of the School Sisters of Notre Dame, where she had lived since 1992. She was 77.

The former Dolores Albert had been a member of the religious order since 1941. The Baltimore native, who professed her vows in 1943, earned a bachelor's degree from Loyola College in 1941 and a master's degree from Fordham University in 1948.

She taught math at the Institute of Notre Dame from 1971 until she retired in 1988, ending a 45-year teaching career that began in Fort Lee, N.J.

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

She is survived by several nieces and nephews.

Henry E. Lehr, 68, sales executive

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