Cecilia Bollinger, homemaker

Cecilia C. Bollinger, a homemaker and retired secretary and bookkeeper of a roofing company, died Monday of complications from dementia at Gilchrist Hospice Care in Towson. The Lutherville resident was 96.

Born Cecilia Curley in Baltimore, she was the daughter of Harry Francis Curley and Margaret Ida Thomas. She grew up on North Avenue and was a 1933 graduate of the Institute of Notre Dame.

She worked for the old Becker Pretzel Co. and joined the Bollinger Brothers Roofing Co., where she met her husband, Michael J. Bollinger Sr. She became the bookkeeper and corporate secretary of the firm located on Sisson Street in Remington.

Mrs. Bollinger was a former member of the Loyola High School Mothers' Club. She was an avid reader and played the organ. She also enjoyed cooking and baking for her large family.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, 5200 N. Charles St., where she was a member.

Survivors include three sons, David L. Bollinger of Baltimore, John C. Bollinger of Little Silver, N.J., and Harry F. Bollinger of Baltimore; two daughters, Kathleen Pursifull of Reston, Va., and Mary King of Timonium; three stepsons, J. Francis "Frank" Bollinger of Williamsburg, Va., Thomas J. Bollinger of Nottingham and Timothy Bollinger of Phoenix in Baltimore County; four stepdaughters, Patricia France of Towson, Nancy J. Daily of Mount Washington, Joan Bollinger of Richmond, Va., and Cyrilla B. Rohrer of Annapolis; 49 grandchildren; 76 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.

Her husband of 24 years died in 1977. A stepson, Michael J. Bollinger Jr., died in 1982. Another stepson, Robert C. Bollinger, died in 1990. A third stepson, Sylvester P. "Butch" Bollinger, died in 2012.


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