Norma E. Culp, 82, church and community volunteer

December 13, 2005

Norma E. Culp, a community volunteer active in her church, died of complications from pneumonia Friday at St. Agnes Hospital. She was 82.

Born Norma Elizabeth Clark in Baltimore and raised in Irvington, she attended St. Joseph's Monastery Parochial School and was a 1941 graduate of Seton High School, where she played basketball.

For more than 50 years she lived in Catonsville, where she was a member of St. Mark Roman Catholic Church. She was an active volunteer and headed the Altar Society for nearly two decades. She also belonged to the Sodality and gave her time to Our Daily Bread.

"She decorated the altar with flowers, washed and ironed the altar linens," said her son Ronald F. Culp of Houston.

In her youth, she enjoyed swimming, ice skating and horseback riding. She also traveled widely.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Mark's, 27 Melvin Ave., Catonsville.

In addition to her son, survivors include her husband of nearly 60 years, James B. Culp Sr., a retired Koppers Co. engineer; three other sons, James B. Culp Jr., Clark T. Culp and Thomas M. Culp, all of Ellicott City; a brother, Michael Clark of Baltimore; two sisters, Patricia Trusheim of Clearwater Beach, Fla., and Rena German of Ocean City; 11 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

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