Mary B. Twiner, 89

Hospital director of nurses

April 19, 2007

Mary B. Twiner, a World War II Navy nurse who later held positions at several U.S. Public Health Service hospitals, died Sunday at Charlestown Retirement Community in Catonsville of a stroke. She was 89.

Mary Barna was born and raised in Scranton, Pa., and earned a nursing certificate from Scranton State Hospital in 1938.

She worked at Bellevue Hospital in New York City and with the outbreak of World War II was commissioned an ensign in the Navy Nurse Corps. She was discharged at war's end as a lieutenant.

In 1948, she married Grover C. Twiner, a real estate broker.

After raising four daughters, she renewed her nursing license and worked part time while continuing her nursing education. She earned a bachelor's degree in 1962 and a master's degree in 1964, both from the University of Maryland School of Nursing.

In 1964, she was commissioned a lieutenant in the Public Health Service and in the next 15 years was director of education at what is now Wyman Park Medical Center and director of nurses at hospitals in Norfolk, Va., and Carville, La. She retired from the health service as a captain in 1979.

Mrs. Twiner then earned a real estate license and worked with her husband for several years in real estate sales with Westview Realty. Mr. Twiner died last year.

The longtime Catonsville resident had lived in the retirement community since 1999 and enjoyed taking Spanish lessons and classes in making stained glass.

She was a communicant of St. Mark Roman Catholic Church in Catonsville.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10:30 a.m. today in Our Lady of the Angels Chapel at the Charlestown retirement community, 701 Maiden Choice Lane.

Surviving are four daughters, Jeanne M. Peterson of Spokane, Wash., Dr. Mary Ellen Clisham of Phoenix, Ariz., Anne C. Hainer of Charleston, S.C., and Dr. Barbara S. Black of Fort Walton Beach, Fla.; a sister, Helen B. Badini of Potomac; and nine grandchildren.

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