Loretta Agnes Feeley, who had been the secretary for two managing editors of The Sun, died of heart failure Monday at Stella Maris Hospice in Timonium. The lifelong South Baltimore resident was 75.
Orphaned at an early age, Loretta Myers was raised by an aunt. She was a graduate of the commercial course at St. Mary Star of the Sea Parochial School.
Mrs. Feeley began her career at The Sun in 1971 as a part-time telephone clerk in the circulation department. She became a full-time employee in 1974, and worked as secretary to Herbert B. Reynolds, who headed the department.
"I first got to know her years ago when I first started working in the circulation department," said John Patinella, senior vice president and general manager of The Baltimore Sun. "She was both an excellent and efficient secretary," he said, adding, "She was always very kind to new employees and took me under her wing and showed me the ropes."
Known throughout the company's Calvert Street offices as Betty, she moved to the newsroom in the late 1970s to become a confidential secretary to Paul A. Banker, then managing editor of The Sun.
After his 1982 retirement, Mrs. Feeley continued working for his successor, James I. Houck, until she retired in 1990.
"She was a really very, very, very sweet lady and an excellent secretary," said James S. Keat, a retired assistant managing editor of The Sun. "She cared about the people she worked with and never seemed to get ruffled. She was a bright light in the newsroom."
John H. Plunkett, also a retired assistant managing editor, recalled her efficiency.
"The thing about Betty was that she was a very compassionate person and a good one to always have on your side. She was always aware of what was going on in the newsroom," Mr. Plunkett said. "She was far from being a disciplinarian and was always looking out for people. She was considerate and a nice person to work with."
Mrs. Feeley lived on Henry Street for more than 50 years. She was deeply religious, and a daily communicant, longtime member and office volunteer at St. Mary Star of the Sea Roman Catholic Church.
"She was also a member of the Women's Altar Society and helped cleaning the church. Her other interest was her family," said a cousin, Margaret Reiley of South Baltimore.
"She was a good Catholic, never missed Mass, and made many novenas," said a son, Kenneth F. Feeley of Federal Hill.
Mrs. Feeley was married for 46 years to Robert J. Feeley, a retired Baltimore & Ohio Railroad electrician who died in 1998.
A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. today at St. Mary Star of the Sea, 1419 Riverside Ave.
She is also survived by two other sons, Robert J. Feeley and Thomas V. Feeley, both of Pasadena; her aunt, Loretta Reiley of South Baltimore; seven grandchildren; and several cousins.