Sister Mary Emily Kennedy, 85, teacher, librarian

March 31, 2006

Sister Mary Emily Kennedy, a retired parochial school teacher and librarian, died of Alzheimer's disease complications March 22 at Villa Assumpta, her order's retirement home in the Woodbrook section of Baltimore County. She was 85.

Born Marion Dolores Kennedy in Baltimore and raised on Ensor Street, she was a graduate of St. James the Less Parochial School and the Institute of Notre Dame, where she was later the librarian. She earned an education degree at Seton Hall University and had master's degrees from the Catholic University of America and Loyola College.

She entered the School Sisters of Notre Dame in 1938 and received the religious name Sister Mary Emily.

She taught at the Cathedral School in downtown Baltimore, the old 14 Holy Martyrs, St. Thomas Aquinas in Hampden, St. Benedict on Wilkens Avenue and Sacred Heart of Jesus and Our Lady of Fatima, both in Highlandtown.

The computer room at the Bishop John Neumann Middle School is named in Sister Emily's honor.

Survivors include a sister, Beatrice Wiedefeld of Parkville.

A Mass was offered Saturday at Villa Assumpta, where she retired in 1996.

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