Sister Josephita Larrea, 98, teacher and principal...

January 18, 2000

Sister Josephita Larrea, 98, teacher and principal

Sister Mary Josephita Larrea, a former parochial school educator who trained her religious order's candidates, died Saturday of heart failure in the motherhouse of the Oblate Sisters of Providence in Catonsville. She was 98.

Born Dolores Larrea in Matanzas, Cuba, she was a graduate of St. Frances Academy in Baltimore, entered the Oblate Sisters of Providence in 1929 and professed her vows in 1931.

She earned her bachelor's degree from the Normal de Maestros in Camaguey, Cuba, and a master's degree and her doctorate in education from the University of Havana. She received her doctorate in 1969.

Sister Josephita taught and was principal of parochial schools in Cuba before coming to the Oblate Sisters of Providence Novitiate House on Mosher Street. From 1961 to 1966, she was director of the motherhouse in Catonsville and was superior of St. Francis Xavier Convent in Baltimore from 1974 to 1981.

From 1983 until 1997, when she retired, Sister Josephita was assistant to the order's treasurer at Our Lady of Mount Providence motherhouse.

"She had an extremely active mind and enjoyed playing Scrabble and other games," said Sister M. Alexis Fisher.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 7: 30 p.m. tomorrow at Our Lady of Mount Providence Convent Chapel, 701 Gun Road, Catonsville.

She is survived by several nephews and nieces.

Catharine H. DeWeese, 99, active in civic organizations

Catharine H. DeWeese, who had been active in many Annapolis cultural and civic organizations, died Jan. 11 at her Annapolis home of heart failure. She was 99.

A member of the Hammond-Harwood House Association and an expert seamstress, Mrs. De-Weese designed and made the Colonial-era dresses that are worn by the docents in the historic Maryland Avenue house that dates to 1774.

She also was a member of the Federated Garden Club, the U.S. Naval Academy Garden Club, the Cumberland Court Association, Daughters of the American Revolution, and the Annapolis chapter of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Born Catharine Hillman, she was raised in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., and was a 1920 graduate of St. Timothy Academy in Baltimore.

She was married in 1921 to Wade DeWeese, an Annapolis graduate and career naval officer who later served as director of the U.S. Naval Academy Museum. He died in 1972.

Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. today at the Naval Academy Cemetery in Annapolis.

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