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By Frederick N. Rasmussen and Frederick N. Rasmussen,SUN STAFF | October 2, 1999
Sister Mary Philip Grottendick, educator and supervisor of parochial schools operated by the Sisters of Mercy, died Thursday of pneumonia at The Villa, the order's retirement home in the Pinehurst section of Baltimore. She was 90.Retired since 1981, Sister Mary Philip had headed elementary and secondary parochial schools for the order in Maryland, Alabama, Georgia and Florida from 1953 until 1968."She was the kind of supervisor that people welcomed. She was so good, helpful and friendly," said Sister Barbara A. Wheeley, a member of the order's leadership team.
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March 28, 2005
Sister Mary Ewalda Daimer, a member of the School Sisters of Notre Dame who taught elementary pupils for nearly 60 years, died of pneumonia Wednesday at Villa Assumpta, her order's motherhouse in the Woodbrook section of Baltimore County. She was 90. Magdalena Daimer was born and raised in Freising, Germany. One of 12 children, she was a graduate of St. Anna's High School in Bavaria. After earning a teaching certificate, she began her career as a kindergarten teacher. She entered the School Sisters of Notre Dame in 1932 and took the religious name of Sister Mary Ewalda.
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April 27, 2002
Sister Mary Stephanie Kerins, who taught first grade for nearly 40 years in three states and served for 11 years at The Villa in Rodgers Forge, died there Sunday of Alzheimer's disease. She was 83. Born and raised in Washington's Georgetown neighborhood, she entered the order of the Sisters of Mercy in 1940 and took her final vows six years later. Her teaching career began in Georgia, where she taught for 10 years in Columbus, Macon and Savannah. After brief assignments in Texas, Md., and Huntsville, Ala., she returned to the Maryland region for good in 1962, teaching for more than 20 years at St. Mary's School in Rockville, Holy Trinity School in Washington and Our Lady of Mercy School in Potomac.
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September 12, 2003
Sister Mary Gemma Owens, a member for 64 years of the Oblate Sisters of Providence and longtime elementary school teacher, died of heart failure Sept. 5 at St. Agnes HealthCare. The Baltimore native was 83. Born Bertha Mary Owens, she attended the Franciscan Sisters of Baltimore's school. She entered the Roman Catholic order in 1939, and professed her vows in 1942. She earned a bachelor's degree in elementary education from the College of Notre Dame. A teacher at St. Pius V Parochial School in West Baltimore in the 1940s and again in the 1950s, she also held teaching posts in Charleston, S.C., Washington, Sharon, Pa., and Wilson, N.C. Colleagues in her order said she loved animals and requested she be remembered with the phrase, "Nature has lost a friend."
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July 13, 2004
Sister Mary Eugenne Raupach, a member of the School Sisters of Notre Dame who taught in parochial schools for more than six decades, died of complications from two broken hips Wednesday at her order's Villa Assumpta motherhouse in the Woodbrook section of Baltimore County. She was 95. Born Marie Raupach and raised in Philadelphia, she worked as a long-distance telephone operator before entering the order in 1927. She began teaching that year - not completing her high school education until 1929, and earning a bachelor's degree in education from Boston College in 1951.
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November 29, 2001
Sister Mary Victor, a retired Mercy Medical Center nurse, died Saturday of heart failure at The Villa, the Sisters of Mercy retirement home in Pinehurst. She was 79. A nursing instructor at Mount St. Agnes College in Mount Washington from 1953 to 1955, she also taught at the downtown Baltimore hospital for several years. After holding nursing posts in Savannah, Ga., Mobile, Ala., and at Stella Maris Hospice in Timonium, she returned to the hospital from 1973 until she retired in 1991. Born Mary Catherine Bistline in Newport, Pa., she converted to Roman Catholicism in 1949 and joined the Sisters of Mercy in 1951.
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February 11, 2003
Sister Mary Anselm Bentley, a retired educator and member of the Oblate Sisters of Providence, died of heart failure Thursday at St. Agnes Health- Care. She was 93. Born and raised Catherine Marie Virginia Bentley in Alexandria, Va., she began teaching after graduating from a normal school in Virginia. She entered the Oblate Sisters order in 1930 and professed her vows in 1933. She earned her bachelor's degree in the 1940s from Rosary College in Forest Park, Ill., and a master's degree in education from Loyola College in 1953.
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August 16, 2004
Sister Mary Jacque Benner, a teacher and artist whose works are displayed in her order's schools and hospitals, died of cancer Tuesday at The Villa, her order's Baltimore County retirement home. She was 60. Born Mary Jacqueline Benner in Portsmouth, Va., and raised in Austria, Taiwan, and states including Hawaii, she earned an English degree from Chaminade College of Honolulu. She also held an art degree from Towson University and a master's degree in visual arts from Georgia State University.
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