Jeanette Hart, 71, taught students with special needs

October 28, 2002

Jeanette Hart, a longtime special needs teacher for religious school students, died Tuesday of multisystem atrophy, a degenerative disease related to Parkinson's, at Oak Crest Village Care Center. The Overlea resident was 71.

Born Jeanette Karl in Baltimore, Mrs. Hart was a graduate of Catholic High School.

She married Charles Patrick Hart, a technician for RCA, in 1952 and held part-time jobs while raising four sons. Mr. Hart died in 1989.

She began working in admissions registration at Essex Community College in the late 1980s and stayed in that job until 1996.

Throughout, she worked with special needs students at St. Michael the Archangel Roman Catholic Church in Overlea, stopping about seven years ago when she got sick, said her son, Michael Hart of Parkville.

"I think she had an empathy for people who couldn't do as well," he said.

A devout Catholic, Mrs. Hart was a member of religious organizations, including the Ladies of Charity, and enjoyed duckpin bowling.

Services were Saturday.

In addition to her son, Mrs. Hart is survived by sons James Hart of Pasadena, Joseph Hart of Overlea and Daniel Hart of Upper Falls; a sister, Anita D'Amico of Baltimore; and nine grandchildren.

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