Sister Mary Ellen Goenner, 93, Villa Julie officialSister...

January 23, 1998

Sister Mary Ellen Goenner, 93, Villa Julie official

Sister Mary Ellen Goenner, S.N.D., a former vice president of Villa Julie College, died of heart failure Sunday at St. Catherine's Nursing Home in Emmitsburg. She was 93.

Sister Mary Ellen, a member of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, began her association with Villa Julie in 1952. She served as academic dean, registrar and director of admissions before being named vice president in 1967.

Her tenure as vice president ended in 1972 and she served on the college's board until 1985.

She retired to the Villa Julie Infirmary in 1973 and resided there until she moved to St. Catherine's in 1992.

"Sister Mary Ellen made an outstanding contribution to Villa Julie College, where she was known for her fine intellect and her upbeat spirit in serving others," said Carolyn Manuszak, Villa Julie president.

Born Mary Ellen Goenner in Washington, she entered the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in 1926 and professed her vows in 1929.

She earned bachelor's and master's degrees from Trinity College in Washington and a doctorate from the Catholic University of America in 1943.

Sister Mary Ellen began her teaching career in Boston and joined the faculty of Trinity College in 1933. In 1939, she was appointed chairman of the college's German Department. She left in 1952 for a faculty position at Villa Julie.

A Mass of Christian burial was offered yesterday.

She is survived by a sister and several nieces. Otto W. Kiefaber, a co-owner of a commercial printing company and a movie theater chain, died Tuesday of undetermined causes at Manor Care Nursing Home in Ruxton. The Timonium resident was 82.

The native of St. Louis graduated from high school there and served in the Army during World War II.

He moved to Baltimore in the late 1940s, when he went to work as a master brewer for the National Brewing Co. In the mid-1950s, he left the Baltimore brewery and joined Arcade Press in Hamilton, a division of Durkee Enterprises, of which he later became a co-owner. At his death, he was managing the commercial printing company.

Durkee Enterprises also owned and operated more than 40 movie theaters in the Baltimore area until 1989, when it sold them.

Mr. Kiefaber was a member of the Baltimore Country Club and enjoyed gardening, reading and bridge.

A memorial service will be held at 1: 30 p.m. Tuesday at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1609 Kurtz Ave., Lutherville.

He is survived by his wife of 41 years, the former Mary Jane Durkee; two sons, Thomas A. Kiefaber of Baltimore and Mark W. Kiefaber of Roanoke, Va.; a daughter, Julia K. Scher of Baltimore; a sister, Elsa K. Hotfelder of Clearwater, Fla.; and five grandchildren.

Nancy Gallishaw Webster, 74, Annapolis homemaker

Nancy Gallishaw Webster, an Annapolis homemaker, died Jan. 11 at Chesapeake Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Arnold of pneumonia and complications from Alzheimer's disease. She was 74.

A native of Cambridge, Mass., the former Nancy Gallishaw graduated from Radcliffe College in 1947 and married Wilbur "Stub" Webster in 1957. The couple moved to Ruxton in 1958 and lived in several Baltimore County locations before settling in Annapolis in 1979.

Mrs. Webster enjoyed painting, sailing, tennis and biking.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. today at Unitarian Church of Annapolis, 333 Dubois Road.

She also is survived by two sons, Burr Webster of Louisville, Ky., and Philip Webster of Costa Rica; two daughters, Patricia Beatley-Patterson of Severna Park and Kim Miller of Sterling, Va.; a brother, John Gallishaw of Seattle; and 10 grandchildren.

Pub Date: 1/23/98

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