Catherine Travagline, Benefits Manager

August 22, 2009|By Frederick N. Rasmussen

Catherine M. Travagline, a retired benefits manager and avid gardener, died Tuesday of complications from pneumonia at Johns Hopkins Hospital. The longtime Jarrettsville resident was 51.

Catherine Michele Oliver was born in Baltimore and raised in Dundalk. She was a 1976 graduate of Patapsco High.

Mrs. Travagline earned a bachelor's degree in business from Towson University in 1980, and a master's degree in business from Loyola College in 2000.

She had been a benefits counselor for Koch Benefits Services for five years before retiring in 2005 because of failing health.

Earlier, she had worked in a similar capacity for Riggs Counselman Michaels & Downes Inc. and Henry J. Knott Jr.

Mrs. Travagline enjoyed aerobics, running and riding her bicycle. She also liked working in her herb and flower gardens and vacationing in Ocean City.

She was an accomplished cook and enjoyed entertaining family and friends.

Mrs. Travagline had been a Sunday school teacher for many years at Our Lady of Hope Roman Catholic Church in Dundalk.

She was a parishioner of St. Mark Roman Catholic Church, 812 Reckord Road, Fallston, where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. today.

Surviving are her husband of 28 years, Eugene Valentino "Gene" Travagline, director of facilities and operations at The Baltimore Sun; two sons, Anthony V. Travagline and Michael P. Travagline, both of Jarrettsville; her father and stepmother, Paul Guy and Susan Oliver of Port St. Lucie, Fla.; a brother, Richard Oliver of Perry Hall; and three sisters, Pamela Ritter of Perry Hall, Barbara Murphy of Port St. Lucie and Michele Bachmann of Pennsylvania.

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