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Sister Mary Annita Link, educator

She was a member of the School Sisters of Notre Dame

By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun

4:13 PM EDT, July 16, 2012

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Sister Mary Annita Link, a member of the School Sisters of Notre Dame who had been a primary educator, died July 10 of heart disease at her order's Maria Health Care Center in the Woodbrook section of Baltimore County.

She was 89.

Catherine Elaine Link was born in Baltimore and raised in Canton. She was a graduate of the Institute of Notre Dame and entered the School Sisters of Notre Dame in 1941.

She took the religious name of Mary Annita and professed her vows in 1944.

Sister Annita earned a bachelor's degree in English and education in 1956 from the College of the Sacred Heart in Santurce, Puerto Rico, and earned a master's degree in education administration from what is now Loyola University Maryland in 1969.

From 1944 to 1952, she taught at St. Mark's parochial school in Catonsville, and from 1952 to 1956 taught primary grades at Academy San Alfonso in Puerto Rico.

She held subsequent teaching assignments in Camden, N.J., Tampa, Oglethorpe, Ga., and Keyser, W. Va., before joining the faculty at Mount Calvary parochial school in Forestville, where she taught eighth grade for a year.

In 1972, she was named principal of St. Benedict parochial school in Baltimore, a position she held until 1973, when she began coordinating religious education programs for various schools and dioceses, beginning with the Diocese of Richmond, Va.

Sister Annita was director of religious education at St. Mary of Piscataway Roman Catholic Church in Clinton from 1975 to 1976, when she joined the Diocese of Raleigh, N.C.

From 1978 to 1986, she was assigned to St. Ann Roman Catholic Church in Hagerstown, and then to the Roman Catholic community in Middletown from 1986 to 1989.

While in Western Maryland, Sister Annita became a dental receptionist at the Washington County Correctional Facility in Hagerstown, and from 1991 to 1994 was a staff secretary at St. Maria Goretti High School, also in Hagerstown.

After retiring in 1994, she continued volunteering at the detention center and St. Ann parish. She moved to Villa Assumpta in 2000 and volunteered at Greater Baltimore Medical Center.

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday in the chapel at Villa Assumpta, 6401 N. Charles St.

She is survived by two nieces.

fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com