Sister Mary Carola Himmelheber, 95, teacher in Maryland, Puerto Rico

December 01, 1996|By Ronnie Greene | Ronnie Greene,SUN STAFF

In the classroom, Sister Mary Carola Himmelheber made the plays of Shakespeare come to life for her students. In the rectory, she lent a helping hand to the poor, providing food and clothing.

Sister Carola, who went from Baltimore to Puerto Rico and back in three-quarters of a century in the Roman Catholic order of the School Sisters of Notre Dame, died Wednesday at the Maria Health Center at Villa Assumpta, its motherhouse. She was 95.

An Annapolis native, she professed her vows in 1921 in Baltimore. She earned a bachelor's degree from the College of Notre Dame in Baltimore in 1932 and a master of arts degree from Catholic University in Washington in 1951.

Her long teaching career began in 1920 at St. Patrick School in the Allegany County community of Mount Savage, and she also taught upper grades at St. Jerome in Baltimore. In 1934, she was sent to teach high school at the Academy of Perpetual Help in Puerto Rico.

Later teaching assignments included St. Maria Goretti in Hagerstown and Notre Dame Preparatory School in Baltimore, which she had attended.

pTC "I know all of her students really regarded her with great awe and respect and devotion over the years," said Sister Caroleen Baummer. "Her method of teaching carried over into her students when they became teachers."

Sister Carola was still learning late in life -- learning to drive after the age of 70.

She retired from teaching in 1982 and became the province archivist at the motherhouse at 6401 N. Charles St., where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. tomorrow.

She is survived by nieces and nephews.

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Pub Date: 12/01/96

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