Marie De Pasquale, 67, music teacher

October 08, 2003|By Frederick N. Rasmussen | Frederick N. Rasmussen,SUN STAFF

Marie L. De Pasquale, who taught music in Baltimore public schools for nearly 40 years, died of Alzheimer's disease Saturday at Stella Maris Hospice in Timonium. She was 67 and had lived in Towson.

Born and reared Marie Lunger in Renovo, Pa., she began playing violin and trumpet as a youth. After graduating from high school in 1953, she moved to Baltimore, where she continued studying violin and trumpet at the Peabody Conservatory of Music.

At the conservatory, she met her husband, Joseph De Pasquale, who played French horn. The couple married in 1959.

After graduating in 1957 from Peabody with a bachelor's degree in music education, Mrs. De Pasquale began teaching in city public schools. She taught music at Robert Poole Junior High School, Chinquapin Middle School, Winston Elementary School and Leith Walk Elementary School. She taught for 20 years at Northwood Elementary School.

"She was an excellent music teacher because she had a good rapport with the kids," said Mr. De Pasquale, who taught music for 33 years. "She was firm and ran a tight ship. She got great results from her students because of her personality and the kids liked her."

"At these schools, she was well-known for her `20-minute Clubs,' where she rewarded kids for practicing with pizza parties and even swimming parties at her home," said a daughter, Susan De Pasquale of Lutherville.

"She also was known by her students and teachers alike for her vivacious personality and dedication to her students. Her spring concerts each year were received with lots of enthusiasm on the part of grateful parents," she said.

Not surprisingly, music was a big part of the family's life at home.

"A day didn't go by without the sounds of Mom on the piano, or Dad practicing the French horn," Susan De Pasquale said.

Mrs. De Pasquale also enjoyed cooking, entertaining and planning parties.

She retired in 1995. Soon thereafter, she received a diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease. Since 2001, Mrs. De Pasquale had been a resident of Stella Maris Hospice.

Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. tomorrow at St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1609 Kurtz Ave., Lutherville.

In addition to her husband and daughter, Mrs. De Pasquale is survived by a son, Paul J. De Pasquale of Cockeysville; three brothers, Gerald Lunger of Pittsford, N.Y., Howard Lunger of Hyner, Pa., and Ned Lunger of Renovo; a sister, Grace Cavileer of Manassas, Va.; and five grandchildren.

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