Mary P. Lynch, 80, columnist, church worker

February 28, 2005

Mary P. Lynch, a homemaker who had been active in several church organizations, died of complications from lymphoma Tuesday at Stella Maris Hospice in Timonium. She was 80.

She was born and raised Mary Pat Forquer in New Lexington, Ohio. After graduating in 1942 from St. Joseph College in Emmitsburg with a bachelor's degree in English, she edited a monthly magazine and weekly newspaper at the Fairchild plant in Hagerstown.

In the 1940s, she moved to Baltimore, where she worked for the Associated Press, then located in the old Sun Building at Baltimore and Charles streets. From 1958 to 1970, she worked for The Catholic Review and wrote a weekly column, "Lady of the House."

During the 1960s, she was executive secretary of the Archdiocese of Baltimore's Family Life Bureau, which taught family planning according to Roman Catholic teaching, family members said.

Mrs. Lynch, who had lived in Timonium from 1956 to 1972, was a member of St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church in the Texas area, where she was an active member of the Christian Family Movement.

In 1972, she moved to Fork and became a communicant of St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church in Hydes, where she was a lector and eucharistic minister. At her death, she was a resident of the Mercy Ridge retirement community in Timonium.

Mrs. Lynch was an accomplished seamstress who enjoyed playing pinochle and entertaining at family gatherings.

She was married for 52 years to Kevin Lynch, a Westinghouse Electric Corp. quality control manager, who died in 1997.

A Mass of Christian burial was offered Saturday.

She is survived by a daughter, Margaret M. Lynch of Baltimore; four sons, Kevin P. Lynch of Sherman, Conn., Gerard L. Lynch of Gaithersburg, Joseph G. Lynch of Harrisonburg, Va., and Michael S. Lynch of Vergennes, Vt.; a sister, Sister Loretta Forquer of Columbus, Ohio, a member of the Dominican Sisters of St. Mary of the Springs; and seven grandchildren.

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