Sister Rosemarie Lusco, 84, teacher, librarian

March 08, 2004

Sister Rosemarie Lusco, an elementary school teacher and librarian with the School Sisters of Notre Dame for nearly five decades, died of arteriosclerosis Thursday at her order's Villa Assumpta motherhouse in the Woodbrook section of Baltimore County. She was 84.

The youngest of nine children, Sister Rosemarie was born Helen Lusco and grew up in Pimlico. She graduated from the Institute of Notre Dame.

"In school she was very athletic," said her sister, Margaret Tamburo of Timonium. "She ice-skated, she roller-skated, she played marbles and had 200 hundred of them."

Family members were surprised when she entered the School Sisters of Notre Dame in 1940 and professed her vows three years later, her sister said. Sister Rosemarie started training to become a teacher in 1948 and received a bachelor's degree from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland in 1957.

Sister Rosemarie taught in parish schools from Washington to Connecticut. Her Baltimore postings included St. Benedict, St. Jerome and Our Lady of Hope.

In 1972, she moved from the classroom to the library, serving as a librarian at the order's worldwide headquarters in Rome. She later worked at Our Lady of Pompei School and St. Anthony's in Baltimore.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. today at the chapel of Villa Assumpta, 6401 N. Charles St.

In addition to her sister, she is survived by another sister, Rose Grill of Taneytown; and many nieces and nephews.

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