Sister Mary Boniface, 92, parochial school teacher...

October 08, 2000

Sister Mary Boniface, 92, parochial school teacher

Sister Mary Boniface, a retired parochial school first-grade teacher and member of the Sisters of Mercy, died Thursday at Mercy Villa in Pinehurst. She was 92.

She had a lengthy teaching career, beginning at Mount St. Agnes in Mount Washington in 1926.

She also taught at St. Bernard's School in Waverly, St. Peter the Apostle in Southwest Baltimore, Sacred Heart of Jesus in Highlandtown, St. Joseph's in Cockeysville, Mount Washington Country School for Boys and St. Mary's in Rockville.

She stopped teaching in 1983 but continued to do clerical work at the Catholic Center in downtown Baltimore. Ill health forced her retirement earlier this year.

She entered the Sisters of Mercy in 1926 and made her final vows in 1933.

Born Evelyn Louise Kettner in Washington, she earned her bachelor's degree from the now-defunct Mount St. Agnes College in 1949.

A Mass of Christian burial was offered yesterday at Mercy Villa, on Bellona Avenue.

She is survived by nieces and nephews.

Obert L. Copper, 70, career Navy officer

Obert L. Copper, a retired career Navy officer and postal worker, died Wednesday of respiratory failure at Ocala Regional Medical Center in Florida. He was 70.

Born and raised in Locust Point, he attended Southern High School until leaving in 1947 to join the Navy. He was a senior chief in the communications division at the time of his 1974 naval retirement, with much of his work classified. He was a longtime member of the U.S. Naval Cryptologic Veterans Association.

A Virginia Beach, Va., resident until moving to Ocala in 1993, he had been a postal worker at the Northwest Naval Base in Virginia Beach from 1974 until 1989.

"He visited Baltimore often because he loved crabs and Obrycki's Crab House," said his daughter, Cheryl Copper of Norfolk, Va.

He was married in 1955 to Pat Seymour, who died in 1989.

Plans for services at Arlington National Cemetery were incomplete.

In addition to his daughter, he is survived by his wife of 10 years, the former Frances Hedge; a son, Robert T. Copper of Virginia Beach; a brother, Daniel Copper of Summerfield, Fla.; a sister, Carolyn Sylvester of Pasadena; two stepdaughters, Debra Bailey of Chesapeake, Va., and LaDonna Hauser of Wilmington, N.C.; six grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

Louis C. Feige, 90, publications supervisor

Louis C. Feige, a retired publications supervisor, died Tuesday of cancer at his Annapolis home. He was 90 and formerly lived on Highland Avenue in Highlandtown.

Until his retirement in 1966, Mr. Feige was a supervisor at Hayes International, a publishing house in Middle River. Earlier, he was a painter at the former Glenn L. Martin Co.

Born in Baltimore and raised on Gay Street and Patterson Park Avenue, he attended public schools. He served from 1927 to 1933 in the Maryland National Guard, 110th Field Artillery.

Mr. Feige enjoyed fishing and was a fan of the Orioles and Ravens. He was a 32nd-degree Mason and a member of King David Lodge.

In 1937, he married Marie Jennie Huber, who survives him.

Services were held yesterday in Annapolis.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Robert Louis Feige of Annapolis, and a granddaughter.

Sister Mary Cabrini Castellano, 84, parochial school teacher

Sister Mary Cabrini Castellano, who taught in parochial schools in Baltimore and New Jersey, died of heart failure Thursday at the Maria Health Center at the Villa Assumpta motherhouse of the School Sisters of Notre Dame. She was 84.

Born Vita Maria Castellano in Camden, N.J., she received her elementary school education there at Our Lady of Mount Carmel School before attending its business school for two years.

She worked for two years as a sewing machine operator before completing her high school education at the Institute of Notre Dame in Baltimore in the late 1930s.

In 1940, she professed her vows and began teaching third grade at St. Leo School in Little Italy. In 1958, she graduated with a degree in elementary education from Fordham University in New York. She retired from teaching in 1993.

She is survived by a sister, Sister Mary Ancilla Castellano of Baltimore, and a brother, Bill Castellano of Ocean City, N.J.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. tomorrow at Villa Assumpta, 6401 N. Charles St.

Katherine L. Smith, 85, homemaker, boater

Katherine L. Smith, a homemaker and avid boater, died of heart failure Thursday at Oak Crest Village in Parkville. She was 85.

Katherine Lois Whitehurst was born in Baltimore, one of seven children in her family, and attended city schools.

In 1934, she married Marvin E. Smith, later the owner of Smith Motor Co.

The couple enjoyed boating aboard their yacht, the Al-Mara, and were members of the Baltimore, Georgetown and Great Oaks yacht clubs. They traveled extensively during their 65-year marriage. Her husband died last year.

Mrs. Smith was a member of St. Michael Lutheran Church in Perry Hall.

Services will be held at 9:30 a.m. tomorrow at Oak Crest Village Chapel, 8800 Walther Blvd.

She is survived by a daughter, Marlene D. Dawson of Vienna, Va.; two sisters, Doris Griffin and Violet Scott, and a brother, Marvin Gallion, all of Baltimore.

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