Mary B. Krummerich, former teacher's aide, church volunteer, dies at 99

Mary B. Krummerich, a longtime Charles Village resident and volunteer at Saints Philip and James Catholic Church & University Parish and the parish’s school, died Nov. 15 of complications from a stroke at the Morningside House of Satyr Hill retirement community in Parkville, her family said.

She was 99.

Mary Bridget Yetman was born Nov. 3, 1918, in St. Mary’s, Newfoundland, to William J. Yetman, a fisherman, and Anastasia Molloy. Mrs. Molloy suffered from the 1918 Spanish flu during the birth, and the local doctor was concerned about the health of both her and the baby, her family said.

She immigrated to the U.S. in 1947 at age 29, and married Richard Gerard Krummerich, of Brooklyn, N.Y. The couple moved to Baltimore in 1949 and lived in Highlandtown for two years before moving to 26th Street in Charles Village, where they raised four children in more than 60 years of marriage. Mr. Krummerich died in 2013.

With a dry, self-effacing wit delivered in a musical Irish brogue, and a deep devotion to her faith, Mrs. Krummerich was “the ethos of that old-time, Irish Catholic immigrant community,” said her son, Robert Krummerich, 58, of Gettysburg, Pa.

“She was a strong believer in the family and the church as the pathway to a larger community,” said Mr. Krummerich, who is president of the Gettysburg Borough Council.

Mrs. Krummerich became a U.S. citizen in 1967. Her immigration story served as a constant reminder to her children that their U.S. citizenship was a privilege, said her eldest son, Richard Krummerich, 65, of Baltimore.

“She came here on a boat when she was 29 because she wanted her children to be Americans,” said Mr. Krummerich, a legislative policy analyst for the Baltimore City Council. “She had a great belief in this country.”

Mrs. Krummerich attended Saints Philip and James Catholic Church & University Parish in Charles Village from the 1950s through the 1970s, and organized and participated in bake sales, bingo and church beautification events, family members said.

“Monsignor John J. Duggan, the longtime pastor of Saints Philip and James, called her ‘one of those core parishioners who you could count on to get things done,’” Robert Krummerich said.

She volunteered as a Cub Scout den mother and a teacher’s aide at the parish school, and she regularly volunteered to cook dinners for the parish priests, family members said.

Mrs. Krummerich enjoyed duckpin bowling with her husband and family, traveling to religious shrines and attending Baltimore Opera productions, her family said.

Although they were separated by nearly 3,000 miles, Mrs. Krummerich and her sister, Sara Sexton, of St. John’s, Newfoundland, maintained close contact. The sisters had nine brothers, all of whom predeceased Mrs. Krummerich.

The sisters first exchanged letters, then kept in touch over the phone later in life, family members said. They made a pact that when each of their husbands died, they would allow for a year of mourning — and then go to Las Vegas.

“It was sisterhood in its entirety,” said Mrs. Krummerich’s niece, Mary Sexton, who was named after her aunt. “They were there for each other through thick and thin.”

Mrs. Krummerich was an avid Baltimore Orioles fan, and when she wasn’t attending games, she would listen to them on the radio in the kitchen, Robert Krummerich said.

“You almost felt like Chuck Thompson was a family member,” he said, referring to the late sports broadcaster. “We had so many meals where we’d sit around the table with the Oriole game on.”’

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Saints Philip & James Catholic Church & University Parish at 10 a.m. Monday.

In addition to her two sons, Mrs. Krummerich is survived by a daughter, Judith M. Rohlfing, of Parkville; another son, William J. Krummerich, of Ellicott City; her sister Sara Sexton, of St. John’s, Newfoundland; a grandson and 58 nieces and nephews.

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