Obituaries

Life

Anti-drug effort was a signature cause of former first lady Nancy Reagan
Mar 07 2016
Nancy Reagan’s “Just Say No” initiative became a national catch phrase that extended far beyond the use of drugs.

Father Onida served Carroll County parish
Mar 04 2016
A funeral Mass for Marianist Father George F. Onida was offered Feb. 26 at St. Bridget Church on Long Island, N.Y. Father Onida died Feb. 14. He was 76.

Sister Mary Lina Litvik, S.S.N.D., managed Villa Assumpta
Feb 19 2016
Sister Mary Lina Litvik of the School Sisters of Notre Dame died Jan. 23 at the age of 98.

Scalia, longest-serving justice on current Supreme Court, was champion of originalism
Feb 15 2016
Scalia said it wasn't his job to make policy or law, but to "say only what the law provides."

Sister Francis Marie Lanasa, D.C., educator, dies at 93
Feb 01 2016
A funeral Mass for Sister Francis Marie Lanasa of the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul was offered Jan. 22 at the Basilica of the National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in Emmitsburg.

Labor of Love: Mary Portera gave nine decades of service to St. Jude Shrine
Jan 22 2016
Mary Portera, a fixture at the St. Jude Shrine in Baltimore who one priest described as the “example of what a Catholic layperson should be,” died Jan. 17. She was 101.

Mercy Sister Marie Foley served four decades at Mercy High School
Jan 21 2016
Mercy Sister Marie Foley, who served students, parents and faculty at Mercy High School in Baltimore for 40 years, died Jan. 15 at the Villa retirement convent in Baltimore

Father Carr led Curtis Bay, Glen Burnie parishes
Jan 13 2016
Father Brendan T. Carr, whose leadership enriched parishes in Curtis Bay and Glen Burnie and whose gentle nature extended to his pets and all animals, died Jan. 11.

Father Joseph Mary Marshall, S.M., 61, was former pastoral associate
Jan 11 2016
Father Marshall served at St. Jerome in Baltimore and St. Joseph in Sykesville.

Maryknoll Sister Helen Scheel, Baltimore native who worked for justice, dies at 87
Jan 07 2016
Maryknoll Sister Helen Scheel, a Baltimore native who taught in the western United States and returned to her hometown to work for a third world advocacy project, died Jan. 4 at the Maryknoll Sisters Center in Ossining, N.Y

Bon Secours Sister Justine Cyr was pioneer in healthcare leadership
Jan 05 2016
Bon Secours Sister Justine Cyr was a national leader in healthcare ministry who served as a pediatric nurse, director of nursing and a hospital administrator.

Deacon Gramling served archdiocese for 41 years
Dec 31 2015
Deacon John C. Gramling, whose causes ranged from a parish and hospital in Towson, to the Knights of Columbus and their founder, to the staunch respect of life, died Dec. 31.

Sister James Regina Rankin, D.C., educator, dies at 80
Dec 28 2015
A funeral Mass For Daughters of Charity Sister James Regina Rankin was offered Dec. 19.

Sister DeSales McNamee, D.C., educator, dies at 86
Dec 10 2015
In the Archdiocese of Baltimore, Sister DeSales served at St. John School in Baltimore, St. Charles School in Pikesville and St. Michael the Archangel School in Overlea.

Father DeSantis served young people and lay people
Dec 05 2015
Conventual Franciscan Father Linus DeSantis, who ministered in education for 45 years, died Dec. 1. He was 72.