Delia C. Caskey, 96, telephone operator

April 12, 2002

Delia C. Caskey, 96, telephone operator

Delia C. Caskey, a retired Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Co. operator who was active in Irish cultural affairs, died Tuesday of heart failure at Mercy Medical Center. She was 96 and a longtime Hamilton resident.

A city native, Delia C. Hackett was raised in West Baltimore. She attended parochial school before going to work in 1920 as a telephone company operator.

In a 50-year career, she worked at the Dundalk and Gilmor exchanges, and retired as chief operator of the Belmont exchange in 1970.

In 1942, she married James L. Caskey Sr., an Arrow 77 beer deliveryman. He died in 1971.

Proud of her ancestry, Mrs. Caskey was a member of the Ladies Ancient Order of the Hibernians and was grand marshal of Baltimore's 1982 St. Patrick's Day Parade. She enjoyed traveling to Ireland and Atlantic City, N.J.

"She was a staunch Irish Catholic," said a daughter, Patricia A. Blevins of Parkville.

Mrs. Caskey was a communicant and active member of St. Dominic's Roman Catholic Church in Hamilton, and was active in the altar society of the historic Roman Catholic Basilica of the Assumption at Cathedral and Mulberry streets, where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. tomorrow.

In addition to her daughter, Mrs. Caskey is survived by another daughter, Margaret M. Kaplan of Laurel; two sisters, Sister Mary Gemma, R.G.S., of Linthicum and Catherine Jackson of Falls Church, Va.; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Her son, James L. Caskey Jr., died in 1999.

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