Dorothy Newberger

Army surgical nurse, 87

December 29, 2006

Dorothy Newberger, a retired nurse who served in World War II combat areas, died of multiple organ failure Monday at the Baltimore VA Rehabilitation & Extended Care Center. The Woodlawn resident was 87.

Born Dorothy Loretta Sarsitis in Baltimore Highlands, she was a 1935 graduate of Catonsville High School and earned a degree at the old St. Agnes Hospital School of Nursing.

Family members said that in 1943, to the dismay of her parents, she enlisted and was accepted in the Army Nurse Corps. A second lieutenant, she was a surgical nurse aboard the John J. Meany in the Mediterranean.

She treated military personnel injured in battles in Italy, southern France, the Rhineland and the North Apennines. During her military service, she injured her back transporting patients - a condition that led to a progressive disability which became a complete physical infirmity during the last 10 years of her life.

After the war, she maintained contact with former patients and was a commander of the American Legion Nurses Post 44 in Baltimore. She was also an active member of Veterans of Foreign Wars in Ellicott City and chaplain with Disabled American Veterans.

She met Christopher G. Newberger, a letter carrier, at Benkert's Garden Park, and they married in 1949. He died in 2004.

After raising their children, Mrs. Newberger became a private duty nurse at Sinai and St. Agnes hospitals. She retired in 1983.

She was a member of St. Agnes and St. Gabriel Roman Catholic parishes.

Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. today at the Garrison Forest Veterans Cemetery in Owings Mills.

Survivors include five sons, Joseph J. Newberger of New Freedom, Pa., William G. Newberger of Timonium, Timothy A. Newberger of West Nyack, N.Y., Thomas J. Newberger of Glen Burnie and James E. Newberger of Brussels, Belgium; four daughters, Barbara McGraw of Breezewood, Pa., Helen F. Streett of Detroit, Mary E. Newberger of Catonsville and Kathy M. Roberts of Port St. Lucie, Fla.; and 15 grandchildren.

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