Sister Ruth Hentschel, 82, taught special educationSister...

June 01, 1998

Sister Ruth Hentschel, 82, taught special education

Sister Ruth Hentschel, O.S.F., a Baltimore native who deferred entering the religious life to help support her large family of siblings, died of cancer Thursday at the motherhouse of the Franciscan Sisters of Baltimore. She was 82.

Born Catherine Marie Hentschel, she was the oldest of 12 children. She studied at Strayer Business College and worked several years for the federal Farm Credit Administration to help the family.

She entered the Order of St. Francis in 1949 and professed her final vows in 1955. She earned a bachelor's degree from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland in 1964.

Sister Ruth taught in parochial schools in Virginia and in New York and in Baltimore at St. Francis School for Special Education and St. Elizabeth School. She was a special education teacher for 13 years and also was superior of the motherhouse from 1983 to 1986.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 5 p.m. today at the motherhouse, 3725 Ellerslie Ave.

She is survived by three brothers, John, Albert and Eugene Hentschel, all of Baltimore; and three sisters, Rita Foard and Delores Wilson, both of Baltimore, and Theresa Donahoe of Altamonte Springs, Fla.

James W. Johnson Jr., 72, church deacon chairman

James Walter Johnson Jr., a lifelong Baltimorean and active member of Fulton Baptist Church, died Saturday of complications from diabetes. He was 72.

Mr. Johnson graduated from Douglass High School in 1943 and from Morgan State University in 1950.

He taught social studies in the Baltimore public school system from 1955 until his retirement from Walbrook High School in 1990.

A daughter, Cheryl Johnson-Mitchell of Newberry, S.C., said his life revolved around Fulton Baptist Church in West Baltimore, where he was baptized at age 8. He was appointed a trial deacon in 1963 and was ordained a deacon in 1965. He was chairman of the deacon board for more than 20 years.

"His relationship with God was the central thing in his life," Mrs. Johnson-Mitchell said.

Mr. Johnson was also a member of the Rosemont Neighborhood Association and the Beta Sigma Tau fraternity.

Services will be held at noon Wednesday at Fulton Baptist Church, 1630 W. North Ave.

He is survived by his wife of 45 years, the former Helena Jordan; two other daughters, Toni Johnson-Conner of Germantown and Jamie Wanda Johnson of Baltimore; four grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

Pub Date: 6/01/98

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