Kathryn E. McDonnell, 98, homemaker, golfer

April 11, 2002

Kathryn E. McDonnell, a homemaker who enjoyed golfing, died in her sleep Monday at College Manor nursing home in Lutherville. The North Baltimore resident was 98.

Born in the city and raised on Reservoir Street, Kathryn Eisenhardt graduated in 1920 from the old Baltimore Academy of the Visitation. She studied art at the Maryland Institute College of Art and graduated in 1922.

In 1924, she married C. Austin McDonnell Sr., founder of McDonnell & Blankfard Inc., a Baltimore food brokerage. He died in 1996.

She had been a member of the Baltimore Country Club and Seaview Country Club in Absecon, N.J. For many years, she and her husband maintained a second home in Ocean City, N.J., where they spent summers. Mrs. McDonnell also enjoyed gardening and going to the racetrack.

A memorial Mass will be offered at 9 a.m. today at the Roman Catholic Shrine of the Sacred Heart, Smith and Greely avenues in Mount Washington, where she was a communicant.

Survivors include two sons, C. Austin McDonnell Jr. and James E. McDonnell, and two daughters, Elinor McDonnell Smith and Dorothy McDonnell Rodgers, all of Baltimore; 23 grandchildren; and 35 great-grandchildren. Another daughter, Irene McDonnell Greeley, died in 1999.

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