Marion Rupertus, 84

Hochschild's manager

June 20, 2008|By Frederick N. Rasmussen

Marion G. Rupertus, a retired department store manager and former longtime Catonsville resident, died Wednesday of a stroke at St. Agnes Hospital. She was 84.

Marion Grace Slosson was born in New Rochelle, N.Y., and raised in Clarks Summit, Pa., where she graduated from Clarks Summit High School in 1941.

After graduating from high school, she moved to Baltimore and worked at Bendix Radio Corp. on East Joppa Road in Towson during World War II. .

"While working at the company, she was named Miss Bendix in 1943," said her daughter, Maureen Joy Rupertus of Baltimore.

After the war, she took a job at the Hecht Co. department store and several years later went to work for Hochschild Kohn.

Mrs. Rupertus worked at Hochschild's Edmondson Village, Columbia and Security Square Mall stores, where she was manager of the lingerie and juniors departments, and retired in 1985.

She later worked for several years as a substitute teacher at Mount de Sales Academy in Catonsville.

Since 2004, Mrs. Rupertus had lived at St. Joachim House, a retirement community in Southwest Baltimore.

Mrs. Rupertus had been active in Elderhostel and had traveled to England and Ireland.

Her husband of 17 years, John F. Rupertus Jr., a building foreman, died in 1962.

She was a longtime communicant of St. Mark Roman Catholic Church in Catonsville, where she headed the Roamin Catholics of St. Mark's, a travel club.

A funeral Mass will be offered at 10 a.m. today at her church, 27 Melvin Ave.

Also surviving are a son, John Frederick Rupertus of Salisbury, N.C.; four grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

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