Sister Louis Marie Koesters, 77, Notre Dame educator...

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November 26, 2001

Sister Louis Marie Koesters, 77, Notre Dame educator

Sister Louis Marie Koesters, a former teacher, principal and treasurer at Institute of Notre Dame in Baltimore, died Friday of kidney cancer at Maria Health Care Center in the city. She was 77.

Sister Louis Marie's career spanned five decades, and took her from a classroom in Puerto Rico to the top administrative post at Villa Assumpta in Baltimore, the mother house for the School Sisters of Notre Dame.

"She was a loving and caring person, and she wore responsibility well," said Sister Bernice Feilinger, community representative for Villa Assumpta. "Her door was always open, and she was a great listener."

Fond of reading, music and baking, she was known at the mother house for her Christmas cookies.

Sister Louis Marie was born Elizabeth Koesters in Baltimore. She attended Holy Cross Elementary School and Institute of Notre Dame. In 1946 she received her bachelor's degree in chemistry from College of Notre Dame, and professed her vows in 1948. She would later earn a master's degree in guidance at Fairfield University in Fairfield, Conn.

From her first professional assignment at a high school in Miramar, Puerto Rico, she went to teaching posts in Hagerstown, Annapolis and Baltimore. She became principal at Institute of Notre Dame in 1966, and was high school principal at St. Mary School in Annapolis from 1977 to 1979.

Sister Louis Marie held a variety of positions in her order through the 1980s, becoming administrator at Villa Assumpta in 1989, a post she held until her retirement in 1998.

A Mass of Resurrection will be offered at 10 a.m. tomorrow at Villa Assumpta, 6401 N. Charles St., in Baltimore.

Survivors include two sisters, Mary Koesters of Ellicott City and Sister M. Pierre Koesters of Mendham, N.J.; and a brother, William Koesters of Baltimore.

Carlos A. Roggiero, 83, restaurant maitre d'

Carlos A. Roggiero, a longtime maitre d' at Baltimore's popular Tio Pepe Restaurant, died of pulmonary fibrosis Saturday at his home in Glen Burnie. He was 83.

His rugged good looks, broad smile and military bearing made him a memorable host at the Spanish restaurant on East Franklin Street for about a dozen years.

"He was a gentleman with a lot of charisma," said Francisco Lobo, a Tio Pepe maitre d' for the past 32 years.

Born in 1918 in Guayaquil, Ecuador, Mr. Roggiero was educated at the Military Academy of Ecuador and became a career officer in his country's armed forces.

He came to the United States in 1965 and served for a time as Ecuador's consul in Baltimore.

In 1970, he was hired by Tio Pepe, a basement hideaway known for its large portions and rich continental cuisine.

"He was a wonderful character," Mr. Lobo said. "He was always very cooperative, kind and gentle with the customers. He was a very popular figure in the business."

One of his customers was Mariana Roman, a Colombian woman whom he met 24 years ago at Tio Pepe's and married a year later.

Mr. Roggiero moved to a post in the restaurant's back office about 10 years before his retirement in 1992.

In retirement, Mr. Roggiero enjoyed watching television and soccer, and liked to recount stories of his military career in Ecuador and of the country's politics. He was a communicant at Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church in Glen Burnie.

Funeral services for Mr. Roggiero are scheduled for 9 a.m. tomorrow at Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church, 120 Dorsey Road, Glen Burnie.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a brother, Luis Roggiero of Ecuador; a son, Pablo Roggiero of Ecuador; a daughter, Silvia Roggiero of Potomac; and five grandchildren.

Marvin L. Roberts Sr., 89, firefighter, carpenter

Marvin L. Roberts Sr., a Cockeysville volunteer firefighter for 67 years, died Friday of congestive heart failure at Stella Maris Hospice in Timonium. He was 89.

Mr. Roberts was born and raised on a farm in Cockeysville. After completing primary school, he worked on the farm. He later left to work in construction. After 24 years as a carpenter at Jenstar in Cockeysville, he retired in 1977.

He spent his firefighting career with the Cockeysville Volunteer Fire Company and was a past president of its executive board.

His daughter-in-law, Jean Roberts of Cockeysville, said that when he joined the company, it answered about 50 calls a year; today, she said, it answers about 1,500. "He saw it from the beginning to what it is now," she said.

Jean Roberts, a former paramedic at the company and current secretary, said three generations of the Roberts family have served in the fire company: her father-in-law; her husband, Marvin L. Roberts Jr.; and their son, Michael. Her brother-in-law, Jack F. Roberts, also serves in the company. All are from Cockeysville.

Mr. Roberts enjoyed woodworking, and he planted a vegetable garden each year.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. today at Poplar Grove United Methodist Church, 13600 Poplar Hill Road, Phoenix.

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