Rita R. Gillen, 89, longtime Ten Hills resident

March 04, 2006

Rita R. Gillen, a homemaker and former resident of the Ten Hills neighborhood, died of heart failure Feb. 21 at Charlestown Retirement Community in Catonsville. She was 89.

Rita R. Downey was born in Irwin, Pa., and raised in Vandergrift, Pa. Before her 1942 marriage to her high school sweetheart, Timothy C. Gillen, she was a tearoom hostess in her hometown.

The couple moved to Ten Hills in 1958, after Mr. Gillen, a DuPont Co. plant manager, was assigned to the company's Baltimore facility as assistant manager. He died in 1989.

Mrs. Gillen had been a parishioner of Prince William of York Roman Catholic Church and a member of its sodality.

She lived in St. Simons, Ga., from 1983 until 1995, when she moved to Charlestown.

She was an Orioles fan and followed sports teams at the University of Notre Dame and Syracuse University, family members said.

A memorial Mass will be offered at 11 a.m. March 18 at Our Lady of the Angels Chapel at Charlestown, 711 Maiden Choice Lane.

Surviving are two sons, Timothy S. Gillen of Columbia and Dennis J. Gillen of Syracuse, N.Y.; a daughter, Karen E. Noel of Asheville, N.C.; a sister, Bets Barrett of Stuart, Fla.; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

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