Mary Celia Spiegel, 85, nun, teacher, librarian

May 12, 2004

Sister Mary Celia Spiegel, a longtime teacher, librarian and office worker with the School Sisters of Notre Dame, died of pneumonia Saturday at St. Joseph Medical Center. She was 85.

She was born and raised Rosena Madeline Spiegel in Rochester, N.Y., and earned a bachelor's degree in social studies from Nazareth College in 1949.

After entering the Roman Catholic religious order in 1949, Sister Celia was assigned as a third-grade teacher at St. Michael Parochial School in Baltimore.

After professing her vows in 1952, she held teaching assignments at parochial schools in Camden, N.J., Tacony, Pa., Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Hollidaysburg, Pa., before she was assigned to St. Patrick Parochial School in Cumberland in 1970. She was a librarian and an office worker at the school until retiring in 2000 to Villa Assumpta, the order's motherhouse in the Woodbrook section of Baltimore County.

"She was known for her great sense of humor and for her nickname of Spuds, because she loved mashed potatoes," said Sister Caroleen Baummer, a friend and member of the order.

A Mass of Christian burial was offered yesterday.

Sister Celia is survived by several cousins.

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