Doris B. Kennedy, 87, homemaker

March 06, 2006

Doris Broderick Kennedy, a Reisterstown homemaker who was active in her Glyndon church and known for baking cakes to welcome new neighbors, died of congestive heart failure Feb. 26 at St. Agnes Hospital. She was 87.

Born and raised in West Baltimore, Mrs. Kennedy was a 1936 graduate of St. Martin's High School.

She was 8 years old when she met her future husband, David A. Kennedy Jr., who was studying to become a Marianist brother and teaching at St. Martin's - where her brother, the late Monsignor Gerard "Gerry" Broderick, was a student.

Ten years later, after Mr. Kennedy left the Marianists, he visited Mr. Broderick and reconnected with his future wife.

When Mrs. Kennedy was 20, the pair married. Mr. Kennedy, a retired registrar and longtime faculty member at Loyola High School, died in 1991.

A daughter, Mary K. Behning of Catonsville, said she most remembers her mother's faith, pacifism and abundant baked goods, including the cakes for newcomers to the neighborhood.

A funeral Mass was offered Thursday at Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church in Glyndon, where Mrs. Kennedy was a parishioner.

She is also survived by another daughter, Theresa A. Ashley of Millsboro, Del.; three sons, David P. Kennedy of Reisterstown, Gerard Kennedy of Haymarket, Va., and George E. Kennedy of Catonsville; a brother, Marvin Broderick of Parkville; eight grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

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