Ethel Marie Erdossy, Homemaker

July 12, 2009|By Jacques Kelly

Ethel Marie Erdossy, a homemaker active in Highlandtown senior citizen circles, died of congestive heart failure Monday at Stella Maris Hospice. The Southeast Baltimore resident was 89.

Born Ethel Harris in Baltimore and raised in Hampden and Perry Hall, she attended Perry Hall Elementary School.

"We carried water by the bucketful from a spring," she wrote in a memoir about her childhood spent on a Baltimore County farm. "Weekends were spent with relatives sharing potluck supper, enjoying music and dancing."

Although she got a driver's license at age 26, she soon decided she preferred walking and taking public transportation.

She had been a member of St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church in Fullerton and belonged to its altar guild and sodality.

Nearly 13 years ago, she moved to the Highlandtown Plaza Senior Co-op Apartments and joined the John Booth Senior Center, where she sang with its musical group and served on its board. She also played double-deck pinochle.

She was a member of Our Lady of Pompeii Church and sang in parish plays.

A memorial Mass was held at Stella Maris on Friday.

Survivors include three sons, David Bognaski of Bel Air, Paul Bognaski of Mount Airy and William Smith of Pasadena; a sister, Eileen Carbaugh of Catonsville; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Her husband of 11 years, Frederick Erdossy, died in 1990. She was divorced from Ross Smith and Walter Bognaski.

- Jacques Kelly

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