Joyce V. Sackett, school librarian

April 02, 2009|By FREDERICK N. RASMUSSEN

Joyce V. "Joy" Sackett, a retired parochial school librarian and official scorekeeper for a youth baseball team, died March 25 of complications from Alzheimer's disease at Sunrise Senior Care in Severna Park. She was 75.

Joyce Virginia Grant was born in Severna Park and raised in West Baltimore. After graduating from Western High School in 1951, she worked as a secretary for Cochran Transfer.

After her 1957 marriage to Walter Sackett, she worked for several years as a secretary for a Baltimore furniture distribution company.

Mrs. Sackett, who had converted to Roman Catholicism in 1953, was the librarian for more than 25 years at St. John the Evangelist Parochial School in Severna Park until retiring in the late 1980s.

Mrs. Sackett, a longtime Severna Park resident, volunteered at Meals on Wheels and at North Arundel Hospital, now Baltimore Washington Medical Center.

For 26 years, she kept the official scorebook for the Severna Park Gold Diggers girls fast-pitch softball team coached by her husband.

Mrs. Sackett enjoyed spending time at a second home she and her husband owned in Bluffton, S.C.

She was a communicant of St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church in Severna Park, where a Mass of Christian burial was offered March 28.

In addition to her husband, retired chairman and CEO of A. J. Sackett & Sons Co., Mrs. Sackett is survived by two daughters, Mary Susan Lieb and Sally Ann Wagner, both of Arnold; a sister, Gloria Brown of Panama City, Fla.; and four grandchildren.

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