Sister Eva Marie Fitzgerald, 81, member of School Sisters

October 06, 2003

Sister Eva Marie Fitzgerald, member of the School Sisters of Notre Dame, died of respiratory failure Thursday at Maria Health Care Center at Villa Assumpta, the order's motherhouse. She was 81.

Born in Baltimore, Sister Eva Marie attended St. Brigid's School. In 1938, she entered the candidature of the School Sisters of Notre Dame and was received two years later into the Novitiate, where she was given the religious name of Sister Mary Levina. She professed her vows in 1941.

She earned her high school equivalency and took courses that amounted to one year of college study.

From 1942 to 1965, she worked as a housekeeper in parishes in Maryland and Massachusetts and at Villa Assumpta, where she also performed jobs in the infirmary and the dining room.

In 1965, she went to Villa Maria Notch Cliff in Glen Arm, where she worked in the diet kitchen for six years. She then moved to Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish in Baltimore, where she was a teacher's aide for primary groups for five years.

In 1976, Sister Eva Marie was assigned to Baltimore's Bishop John Neumann Middle School, where she worked in the library for 10 years. She then spent a year teaching kindergarten at St. Alphonsus School in Baltimore before returning in 1987 to the library and computer center of Bishop John Neumann Middle School, where she served another five years.

She worked from 1992 to 2000 at St. Benedict Parish in Baltimore before returning to Villa Assumpta.

A Mass of Resurrection will be offered at 10 a.m. today at Villa Assumpta, 6401 N. Charles St.

She is survived by two sisters, Pauline Knight of Baltimore and Margaret Edler of Vero Beach, Fla.; and two brothers, John Fitzgerald of Baltimore and Edward Fitzgerald of Kansas.

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