Catherine A. Jasmin, 87, neighborhood center head

June 25, 2005

Catherine A. Jasmin, a retired director of an Urban Services Agency neighborhood center, died Sunday of suspected complications from smoke inhalation after a fire broke out several doors away from her Sandtown home. She was 87.

Born Catherine Arthur in Baltimore and raised on North Carrollton Avenue, she was a 1936 graduate of St. Frances Academy and earned a bachelor's degree from what is now Morgan State University.

Known as Kitty, she worked at the Internal Revenue Service in Washington before joining the city's Urban Services Agency.

She later served as a director of a Dolphin Street center.

She had previously worked at another community center at Woodbrook Avenue and Retreat Street.

She enjoyed playing playing board games and traveling to England, Italy and the Bahamas.

Her husband of 60 years, Placide C. Jasmin, a Govans-based postman, died in 2003.

A Mass will be offered at 10:30 a.m. Monday at St. Gregory the Great Roman Catholic Church, 1542 N. Gilmor St., where she was a member and belonged to its Golden Agers club.

Survivors include three sons, Arthur I. Jasmin and Gregory J. Jasmin, both of Woodlawn, and Gerald C. Jasmin of Baltimore; a daughter, Trinita Owens of Baltimore; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. A son, Martin Jasmin, died in 2003.

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