A Mass of Christian burial for Sister Mary Leodegar Zahner, S.S.N.D., who taught many first-graders during more than 60 years in the classroom, will be offered at 10 a.m. today at Villa Assumpta, the motherhouse of the School Sisters of Notre Dame at 6401 N. Charles St.
Sister Leodegar died yesterday in Villa Assumpta's infirmary after a blood vessel burst. She was 88.
She had lived at the motherhouse since 1988, after she retired from teaching two years earlier at St. John's-Long Green Roman Catholic parish in Hydes, where she was on the faculty for 10 years.
Sister Leodegar began teaching in Baltimore in 1924 at Fourteen Holy Martyrs School. From 1926 to 1939, she taught at Our Lady of Good Counsel School.
Born Mary Anna Zahner in Baltimore, Sister Leodegar was educated at St. Michael's and St. James schools and at the Institute of Notre Dame before entering the religious order in 1923. She attended the College of Notre Dame of Maryland before receiving her bachelor's degree from Fordham University.
Her survivors include many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.