Sister Mary Thompson, 79

Taught business skills

November 29, 2006

Sister Mary Bernardita Thompson, who taught business and secretarial skills, died of pancreatic cancer Friday at her order's Maria Health Care Center in the Woodbrook section of Baltimore County. She was 79.

Born Ida Marie Thompson in Baltimore and raised in Highlandtown, she was the 10th of 12 children. After graduating from Patterson Park High School in 1945, she was a legal secretary at the downtown Baltimore law firm Bartlett, Poe & Claggett for 10 years.

She spent a year teaching physical education at Patterson and was a Girl Scout leader in East Baltimore. She was also active in the Catholic Youth Organization.

She entered the School Sisters of Notre Dame in 1956 and taught at St. Michael's Commercial School in East Baltimore and at St. John's in Westminster before moving to the Institute of Notre Dame, also in East Baltimore, where she taught typing, shorthand and other business skills for nearly two decades. She then became secretary for a charity, the St. Vincent de Paul Society, where she worked for 18 years before retiring last year,

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10:30 a.m. today at Villa Assumpta, 6401 N. Charles St.

Survivors include her four sisters, Mary von Paris of Upper Falls, Anna Brown of Essex, Margaret Geeson of Parkville and Helen Moskunas of Joppa; and many nieces and nephews.

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