Sister Mary Cortona Owens, S.S.N.D., dies at 93


By Catholic Review Staff 

A funeral Mass for School Sister of Notre Dame Mary Cortona Owens was offered Aug. 2 at the chapel at Villa Assumpta in Towson. Sister Mary Cortona died July 28 and had been a sister for nearly 72 years. She was 93.

A native of Pittsburgh, Sister Mary Cortona entered the School Sisters of Notre Dame in Baltimore in 1937. She professed first vows in 1940.

Sister Mary Cortona, who spent most of her life as a teacher, taught at a school in Frostburg from 1942 to 1952. She taught middle school at the former Fourteen Holy Martyrs School from 1957 to 1959, Our Lady of Good Counsel School from 1959 to 1966 and St. Mary School from 1972 to 1975 – all in Baltimore city – and at St. Paul the Apostle School in Ellicott City from 1966 to 1972.

From 1986 to 1995, Sister Mary Cortona worked for the former Baltimore Province of the congregation. She then moved to Villa Assumpta in Towson.

After her retirement in 1997, she joined the Center for Adult Literacy and Learning in Baltimore as a volunteer teacher where she served until 2004.

Sister Mary Cortona earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Notre Dame of Maryland University in 1962; a master’s degree from Loyola University Maryland in 1968; and a second master’s degree in library science in Duquesne (Pittsburgh, Pa.) University in 1974. 

Copyright (c) Aug. 3, 2012

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