Mary A. Berger, 90, teacher, sold real estate

August 11, 2005

Mary A. Berger, a retired teacher who later sold real estate, died of heart failure Sunday at Stella Maris Hospice in Timonium. She was 90.

Born in Darlington and raised in Aberdeen, Mary Angelette Hopkins was a 1933 graduate of Notre Dame Preparatory School and earned a bachelor's degree in English from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland in 1937.

Mrs. Berger - who was known as "Hoppie" - became a teacher in 1938 at Aberdeen High School, but left after a year when she married Vincent Paul Berger, a career Army officer, in 1939. He died in 1990.

After raising their children, Mrs. Berger returned to teaching in 1958 at Mount St. Agnes High School and was on the faculty at Maryvale Preparatory School from 1965 until retiring in 1975. Over the years, she taught English, history, political science, fundamentals of economics and cartography.

During the 1970s, she sold real estate for O'Conor, Piper & Flynn in Harford County. She was also a partner with her three brothers in two thoroughbred horse farms, Winstone and Elberton Hill.

Mrs. Berger was a former resident of Roland Park and Guilford in Baltimore, and Elberton Hill Farm in Darlington. She also had resided in Charlesbrooke and Ruxton Crossing in Baltimore County before moving several years ago to the Mercy Ridge retirement community in Timonium.

She was a member of the National Society of the Colonial Dames in America and the General Smallwood chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution. She was a former member of the Society of the War of 1812.

She also was a member of the Country Garden Club of Harford County and Federated Garden Clubs of Maryland, and a former president of Woodbrook-Murray Hill Garden Club.

Mrs. Berger remained vigorous until her death, and she enjoyed people, parties and politics, family members said.

A memorial Mass will be offered at 10:30 a.m. Aug. 26 in the chapel at Stella Maris, 2300 Dulaney Valley Road.

Surviving are a son, James Hopkins Berger Sr. of Lutherville; a daughter, Jo Carroll Berger of Timonium; a brother, Miles B. Hopkins of Bel Air; four grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

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