Sister Teresa Marie, 86, college academic dean

April 08, 2003

Sister Teresa Marie, a former official of the College of Notre Dame of Maryland, died of pneumonia Thursday at her order's motherhouse, Villa Assumpta, in Baltimore County. She was 86.

The Baltimore native was born Teresa Helldorfer and raised in the 2700 block of St. Paul St. A 1935 graduate of the Notre Dame of Maryland Preparatory School, she earned a degree in history from the College of Notre Dame and a master's degree from The Catholic University of America in Washington.

She entered the School Sisters of Notre Dame in 1944, two years after her twin, Sister Rita Marie Helldorfer, joined the same Roman Catholic order. Her sister survives her.

Sister Teresa Marie taught high school classes at St. Mary's Parochial High School and St. Maria Goretti High School, both in Hagerstown, as well as the Institute of Notre Dame in East Baltimore and St. John's Literary Institute in Frederick.

From 1972 until her death, she worked variously as assistant academic dean, director of purchasing, a secretary in the education department and a special projects secretary at the College of Notre Dame.

A funeral Mass was offered yesterday at the motherhouse.

In addition to her sister, she is survived by nephews and nieces.

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