Mary Christina Rolfes

Age 64: Secretary enjoyed travel, gardening and powerboating.

May 19, 2008|By Frank D. Roylance | Frank D. Roylance,Sun Reporter

Mary Christina Rolfes, a longtime secretary at the AAI Corp. in Cockeysville who had a love of travel and gardening, died of lung cancer Tuesday at Chester River Hospital Center in Chestertown. The Cliffs City resident was 64.

Born in Baltimore, Mary "Tina" Parr graduated from Towson Catholic High School in 1961. She began work in a clerical position at the Social Security Administration and took night classes at Harford Community College.

Mrs. Rolfes later worked for a Lutherville pest control firm before accepting a secretarial position at AAI in 1979. She worked there in human resources, and in the industrial and electronics divisions before retiring in 1999.

During her time at AAI she met John P. Rolfes, an engineer, whom she married in 1990. An earlier marriage to Donald Preston of Norrisville ended in divorce.

"I was divorced also," Mr. Rolfes recalled, "and she brought our two families together. I had four children and she had three. And we considered our stepchildren our sons and daughters."

"She fit in with everybody, with strangers. She could join a group and become part of the group, and people just loved her," he said.

In her retirement, Mrs. Rolfes worked many evenings as a classroom facilitator at Kent County High School and at Chesapeake College in Wye Mills. During the day she volunteered with Meals on Wheels.

She kept flower gardens and enjoyed powerboating and crabbing with her husband and grandchildren. She also loved to travel, and accompanied her husband on business trips to many U.S. cities as well as Germany and the Czech Republic.

Mrs. Rolfes was a member of Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church in Chestertown, and of the women's auxiliary of the Parkville Post, Veterans of Foreign Wars.

A memorial service is scheduled for Aug. 2 at Sacred Heart Church in Chestertown.

In addition to her husband, Mrs. Rolfes is survived by seven children, Dawn Sweger of Shrewsbury, Pa., Donald Preston of Stewartstown, Pa., Deanna Racine of Orange Park, Fla., Karen Goodspeed of Perry Hall, Pam Keffer of Phoenix, and John Rolfes II and Michael Rolfes, both of Timonium; three siblings, Lawrence Parr of Towson, Gloria Huber of Norrisville and Michael Parr of Parkville; and 13 grandchildren.

frank.roylance@baltsun.com

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