Sister Honorata, 101

Schoolteacher

August 01, 2008|By JACQUES KELLY

Sister Honorata Alcarese, a retired parochial school teacher who remained in the classroom for more than six decades, died of cardiovascular disease Monday at her order's retirement home in Aston, Pa. She was 101.

Born Rose Eleodora Alcarese in Baltimore and raised near Little Italy, she was an Eastern High School graduate and taught kindergarten at St. Vincent dePaul Parochial School before entering the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia in 1931. She received the name Sister Honarata Alcarese.

Sister Honorata earned a bachelor's degree in English from Mount St. Mary University in Emmitsburg. She taught for many decades at local Roman Catholic schools - including St. Vincent's in downtown Baltimore, Shrine of the Little Flower in Belair-Edison, St. Katherine of Siena in East Baltimore, St. Peter Claver in West Baltimore and St. Anthony in Gardenville. Her last post was at Immaculate Conception in Towson in 1997.

She also held teaching posts in Florida, Oklahoma and Delaware.

In 1997, Sister Honorata retired to Queen of Peace Convent in Aston. Her activities included crocheting and knitting.

A Mass was offered yesterday in Aston. Survivors include nieces and nephews.

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