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Sister Esther Bataille, Benedictine sister and French teacher dies at 105

Sister Esther Bataille, a member of the Benedictine order and a French teacher, died of respiratory failure Saturday at the Maria Health Care Center in Woodbrook. She was 105.

Born Regina Bataille in Maplewood, N.J., she was the daughter of Emile Bataille and Gertrude Bataille. She was a graduate of Columbia High School and spent a year studying French in Montreal at the Convent of the Sacred Heart.

She entered the Benedictine Sisters in 1930 at their Saint Walburga Monastery in Elizabeth, N.J. She took the name Esther and earned a bachelor's degree in French at Seton Hall University. She taught in New Jersey and in Washington, D.C.

She was a founding member in 1971 of her order's Emmanuel Monastery on West Joppa Road in Lutherville. She continued to teach French and was on the faculties of Archbishop Spalding and Seton-Keough high schools. After leaving the classroom, she volunteered for 25 years in the gift shop at Harbor Hospital Center. She also assisted in medical records.

A Mass of the Resurrection will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Villa Assumpta, 6401 N. Charles St.

She is survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

jacques.kelly@baltsun.com

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