Barbara A. Berry, 66, phone room supervisor

April 24, 2004

Barbara A. Berry, a retired phone room supervisor for the Baltimore Sun, died of Alzheimer's disease Tuesday at Keswick Multi-Care Center. The longtime Timonium resident was 66.

She was born Barbara Ann Santora in Baltimore and raised in Mayfield. After graduating from Seton High School in 1955, she began her career at the newspaper as a classified advertising telephone solicitor. In 1958, she was promoted to phone room supervisor.

She resigned in 1965 and returned briefly the next year as an assistant to the assistant business manager.

Mrs. Berry later earned a bachelor's degree from Goucher College and had completed the required courses at the Johns Hopkins University for a master's degree in liberal arts.

In 1958, she married Richard N. Berry. During the 1970s the couple owned and operated the Richard N. Berry Advertising Agency. They later divorced.

In recent years, Mrs. Berry worked as an administrator for several Baltimore law firms.

She was an avid gardener and patron of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.

Mrs. Berry was a communicant of Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ Roman Catholic Church, 20 E. Ridgely Road, Timonium, where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. today.

Survivors include a daughter, Lindsay Chessare of Fairfield, Conn.; her stepmother, Agnes Fahey Santora of Timonium; three brothers, Edward Santora Jr. and Michael Santora, both of Bel Air, and Stephen Santora of Frederick; four sisters, JoAnne Cary of Mount Pleasant, S.C., Mary Louise Carney of Baldwin, Patricia Santora of Riderwood and Christine Dove of Bel Air; and many nieces and nephews.

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