Sister Mary Sporrer, 88, registered nurse Sister Mary...

May 31, 2001

Sister Mary Sporrer, 88, registered nurse

Sister Mary Sporrer, a member of the Daughters of Charity and a registered nurse, died Sunday of cancer at St. Joseph's Provincial House in Emmitsburg. She was 88.

From 1983 until this year, when her health began to fail, Sister Mary was the refectorian at St. Joseph's.

Born Mary Linthicum Sporrer in Baltimore, she was a graduate of Seton High School. She entered the Daughters of Charity in 1936 and earned her bachelor's degree in nursing from the Catholic University of America in 1944. She later earned a master's degree in education from Siena College in Loudonville, N.Y., and did post-graduate studies in obstetrics at Brady Maternity Hospital in Albany, N.Y.

She began teaching in 1937 in Norfolk, Va., and in 1941 joined the staff of Providence Hospital in Washington.

In 1944, she was named supervisor and instructor in the maternity department at Providence.

In the 1970s, she was administrator at Villa Louise in Baltimore until being assigned in 1975 to Villa St. Michael in Emmitsburg, where she was nursing supervisor until 1980.

A Mass of Christian burial was offered yesterday.

She is survived by a brother, Thomas Sporrer; three sisters, Dorothy Hergenroder, Margaret M. Legg and Elizabeth Ruley, all of Baltimore; and many nephews and nieces.

Joseph Arrington Tarr, 79, certified public accountant

Joseph Arrington Tarr, a certified public accountant, died Sunday of complications from Stevens-Johnson syndrome. The Towson resident was 79.

For 25 years, Mr. Tarr was a tax manager for Ernst & Ernst, an accounting firm. In 1979, he and a partner founded their own firm, Tarr & Scholl, which later merged with Stoy, Malone & Co.

Though he retired in 1988, Mr. Tarr continued to work on private clients' tax returns until April 15 of this year. "He was very pleased to be able to do that," said his wife, the former Catharine Eleanor Cox of Jersey Shore, Pa., whom he married in 1945. "He lived to work."

Born and raised in Halethorpe, Mr. Tarr graduated from Catonsville High School in 1938. During World War II, he was a Navy supply officer aboard the destroyer escort USS Muir in the Atlantic.

After the war, he graduated from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania in 1947.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. tomorrow at Loch Raven United Methodist Church, 6622 Loch Raven Blvd., where Mr. Tarr was a member, and at 4 p.m. Saturday at Grace United Methodist Church, 5407 N. Charles St.

He also is survived by a son, James Lloyd Tarr of Sykesville; four daughters, Sarah Catharine Tarr of Baltimore, Nancy Eleanor Tarr Hart of Catonsville, Janet Louise Tarr Lester of Roanoke, Va., and Joyce Elizabeth Tarr O'Dwyer of Baltimore; and seven grandchildren.

Nellie A. Stemmer, 97, Garrett County teacher

Nellie A. Stemmer, an educator who began her career in one-room schools in Garrett County and also taught in Baltimore public schools, died Saturday of dementia at Mariner Health of Bel Air Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. The former longtime Carney resident was 97.

After earning a bachelor's degree from Frostburg State Teachers College in 1926, Mrs. Stemmer taught grades one through 12 in one-room schools in rural Garrett County.

From 1955 until retiring in 1966, she taught at Armistead Gardens and Govans elementary schools.

Nellie Alexander was born and raised in Accident, Garrett County.

In 1941, she married William Anton Stemmer, who died in 1966.

Services were held yesterday.

She is survived by a son, William Alexander Stemmer of Fallston; a brother, Fred Alexander of Accident; and two grandchildren.

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