Sister Rose Marie Gerace, 89, nun and social worker...

October 18, 2001

Sister Rose Marie Gerace, 89, nun and social worker

Sister Rose Marie Gerace, a nun in the Daughters of Charity who had been a social worker, died of cancer Saturday at Villa St. Michael, her order's retirement home in Emmitsburg. She was 89.

Rosina Maria Gerace was born in Harrisburg, Pa., and entered the Roman Catholic order in 1931. She professed her vows in 1936 and took the religious name of Sister Rose Marie.

After earning a bachelor's degree from St. Joseph College in Emmitsburg in 1946 and a master's in social work from Boston College two years later, she held several administrative positions in Catholic institutions and then became a caseworker for Catholic Charities in Philadelphia.

Her Maryland assignments, among many she had over the years on the East and West coasts, included serving as administrator of St. Ann's Infant & Maternity Home in Hyattsville in the 1950s and caseworker there from 1989 to 1991; consultant in social work at St. Joseph's Provincial House in the early 1960s and case worker at Seton Center in the mid-1970s, both in Emmitsburg; and social worker in Baltimore in the late 1980s at what was then Jenkins Memorial Home.

For the past five years, she had lived at St. Joseph's Provincial House in Emmitsburg, and was a visitor to the elderly and infirm nuns in Villa St. Michael until her health failed in recent months.

She enjoyed sewing and baking, and was known for making sticky buns and cinnamon bread and distributing them to the sisters at the provincial house. "She was a very happy person, outgoing and very concerned for other people," said a friend, Sister Mary Eugene Monaldo.

A Mass of Christian burial was offered yesterday at the Basilica of the National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in Emmitsburg.

Survivors include a brother, Frank Gerace, and foster sister, Rose Lake, both of Harrisburg, Pa., and a niece and two nephews.

Raymond A. Bullinger, 79, Becton Dickinson employee

Raymond A. Bullinger, a retired Becton Dickinson & Co. employee, died of heart disease at Sinai Hospital on Oct. 11. The longtime Pikesville resident was 79.

Mr. Bullinger was in charge of government contracts when he retired in 1984 after 30 years with the Hunt Valley company.

Born in Baltimore and raised in Pikesville, he was a graduate of Mount St. Joseph High School and served in the Marine Corps in the South Pacific during World War II.

He returned to Baltimore after the war and married Mary Virginia Martin in 1947. He earned a bachelor's degree from the Johns Hopkins University and attended the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy. His first wife died of rheumatic heart disease in 1959.

Mr. Bullinger married Theresa Kostkowski in 1961.

Described by his daughter, Bonnie A. Wingate of Lisbon, as a gentle, deeply religious man, Mr. Bullinger was a gardener who grew orchids and tomatoes during the winter in his greenhouse. He also enjoyed photography.

He was ordained a permanent deacon in the Archdiocese of Baltimore in 1976, and served at St. Charles Borromeo Roman Catholic Church in Pikesville, where a Mass was offered for him Monday.

In addition to his wife and daughter, he is survived by three sons, J. Michael Bullinger of Jacksonville, Fla., James R. Bullinger of Fork and Robert Bullinger of Baltimore.

Elizabeth R. Brigstocke, 98, librarian, Goucher volunteer

Elizabeth R. Brigstocke, a retired map librarian and active Goucher College volunteer, died Saturday of pneumonia at Edenwald retirement community in Towson. She was 98.

A former Wyman Park Apartments resident who had lived at Edenwald since 1990, she was map librarian at the Johns Hopkins University from the 1940s until retiring in the early 1960s.

Mrs. Brigstocke earned her bachelor's degree from Goucher in 1925, and had served as president of its alumni association and chairwoman of the Goucher Fair, and was a member of Friends of the Goucher Library.

In recognition of her many years of voluntarism to Goucher, she was awarded the college's Ethel Cockey Award in 1990 for outstanding service.

Mrs. Brigstocke was also a communicant for many years of St. David's Episcopal Church in Roland Park, where she had been head of the Altar Guild and active in the annual church fair.

She also volunteered for the Empty Stocking Club.

A Baltimore native, Elizabeth Riepe was a graduate of Western High School. She was married in 1928 to John K. Brigstocke, former vice president and head of the trust department at Mercantile Bank, who died in 1984.

During World War II, she worked for the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey.

After retiring from Hopkins, she studied watercolors with Fritz Briggs, noted Baltimore artist, and enjoyed painting landscapes. She also accepted commissions for watercolor portraits of homes.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. today at Edenwald, 800 Southerly Road.

Mrs. Brigstocke is survived by her daughter, Judith B. Hundertmark of Mays Chapel; two grandsons; and three great-grandchildren.

Martha Agnes Ihde, 87, homemaker

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