Sheila Mary Rosner, 16, student who sang, acted in productions at Loch Raven High

May 27, 1999|By Frederick N. Rasmussen | Frederick N. Rasmussen,SUN STAFF

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered for Sheila Mary Rosner, a budding actress and junior at Loch Raven High School, at 10: 30 a.m. today at St. Isaac Jogues Roman Catholic Church, 9215 Old Harford Road, Parkville.

She died Saturday at Maryland Shock Trauma Center of injuries she suffered Friday evening in a two-car collision near Glen Arm, where she lived. She was 16.

Miss Rosner, who sang in Loch Raven High's chorus and acted in school plays, became involved in music and drama programs to overcome her shyness. She became one of the school's leading performers and hoped to work professionally in musical theater.

"That was her dream and she would have made it," said her mother, Patricia A. Rosner.

Gifted with a soprano voice with a three-octave range, Miss Rosner studied voice privately.

At Loch Raven, she performed in "The Crucible," "Music Man," "The Sound of Music," "Harvey" and a musical review this spring.

"She was an extremely talented actress and singer, who had a very pure and light voice, and she was one of the most motivated students I ever taught," said Debbie Smith, chairwoman of Loch Raven's music department and vocal music teacher.

"She was involved in every play and brought a great deal of energy, enthusiasm and stage presence to them," Ms. Smith said. "The song I'll always remember her singing is, `I Feel Pretty' from `West Side Story,' which she sang and choreographed for the recent musical review."

At Easter, Miss Rosner performed with the school chorus at Disney's Epcot Center in Florida and sang last year at New York's Carnegie Hall with the Children's Chorus of Maryland, of which she was a member.

"Her acting and singing were outward expressions of the inner vitality and caring she so willingly shared with others," said Stephen H. Morgan, executive director of the Baltimore Association of Retarded Citizens Inc., where she had been a member of a sibling support panel that helped others learn to live with the developmentally disabled.

Miss Rosner was enrolled in Loch Raven's gifted and talented program and was a member of the National Arts Honor Society. She was manager of the girl's field hockey team and was on the student council's steering committee that planned and organized a variety of school functions.

She participated in the Princeton Model Congress, where she and other students wrote and debated sample legislation, simulating congressional activity.

"She had a strong interest in government and history," said Kathy Hall, a history and social studies teacher at Loch Raven. "She also found time to be a Big Sister for the special needs students at White Oak Elementary School. That was Sheila. She was a genuine humanitarian."

Miss Rosner volunteered at Our Daily Bread and was an organ donor, according to family members. She was a communicant and altar server at St. Isaac Jogues.

Born and raised in Parkville, Miss Rosner moved to Glen Arm in 1993.

In addition to her mother, she is survived by her father, James F. Rosner; a brother, Daniel J. Rosner, and a sister, Laura A. Rosner, both of Glen Arm; her paternal grandparents, James L. and Judith E. Rosner of Indianapolis; her maternal grandmother, Mary E. Cassidy of Arlington Heights, Ill.; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Pub Date: 5/27/99

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