M. Helen Bopp, Longtime Secretary

February 02, 2010|By Jacques Kelly

M. Helen Bopp, who worked as a legislative secretary for her brother, the late state Sen. Joseph L. Manning, died of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease Jan. 21 at Oakland Manor Assisted Living in Sykesville. The former Catonsville resident was 97.

Margaret Helen Manning was born in Baltimore and lived on Light Street in South Baltimore. She earned a diploma at the old St. Mary's Star of the Sea Commercial School and began work at age 14 as a typist at Schloss Brothers clothing manufacturers.

In 1930, she married George A. Bopp, a personnel director for the Maryland Shipbuilding and Drydock Co. He died in 1959.

In more than 70 years of secretarial work, Mrs. Bopp held posts at the John G. Rolker Insurance Co., the Retail Grocers Association and the Off-Street Parking Commission. She retired from the Carroll County Bureau of Aging at age 86.

"She learned the computer and even did Word Perfect," said her daughter, M. Christine Comes of Sykesville. "She did not let her shorthand go. Until close to the end of her life, if she took a phone message, she took it in shorthand."

She enjoyed cooking and duckpin bowling. She was a member of the Catholic Daughters of America.

In addition to her daughter, she is survived by two grandsons, G. Brian Comes of Catonsville and R. Keith Comes of Sykesville.

A Mass was celebrated Jan. 26 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Sykesville.

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