Sister Mary Rachel Gatch, 97, teacher, counselorSister...

Sister Mary Rachel Gatch, 97, teacher, counselor

Sister Mary Rachel Gatch, a member of the School Sisters of Notre Dame who once ran a reading clinic in Baltimore, died Thursday of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease, at the Maria Health Center at Villa Assumpta in Baltimore. She was 97.


Sister Rachel, whose teaching career spanned six decades, taught theology at the College of Notre Dame from 1934 to 1959. She began her career at a Massachusetts school in 1920 and retired in 1973 from John Carroll High School in Bel Air, where she was a guidance counselor.

She opened a reading clinic in Baltimore to help children with reading difficulties. The clinic, sponsored by the Archdiocese of Baltimore, closed in 1970.


A Baltimore native, Sister Rachel graduated from Notre Dame Preparatory School in 1917. She entered the School Sisters of Notre Dame Candidature and professed her vows in 1921.

She graduated from Fordham University in the Bronx, N.Y., in 1929 with a bachelor's degree in English, philosophy and Latin, and in 1933 she received a master's degree from Boston College in history, English and education.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. tomorrow at the chapel at Villa Assumpta, 6401 N. Charles St., Baltimore.

She is survived by several nieces and nephews.

Ethel Haynes Cable, 90, active in community groups

Ethel Haynes Cable, who was active in several Carroll County community groups, died Thursday of heart failure at Fairhaven Retirement Center in Sykesville. She was 90.

Born Ethel Haynes in Baltimore, she was the granddaughter of David F. Haynes, head of Baltimore-based D. F. Haynes and Son, one of the largest pottery manufacturers in the country. She was a 1924 graduate of Eastern High School and a 1928 graduate of Goucher College.

In 1935, she married John Welty Cable III, a founding partner of the Baltimore law firm Cable McDaniel Bowie and Bond. The Cables moved to Harvest Farm, a cattle farm in Carroll County, in 1950. Mr. Cable died in 1967.


Mrs. Cable was a charter member of the Eldersburg Improvement Association, a member of the Carroll County League of Women Voters and a leader in the Girl Scouts and 4-H. She was a horticulturist and a member of the Wesley Freedom United Methodist Church in Eldersburg for more than 40 years.

Surviving are a son, John David Cable of Suwanee, Ga.; a daughter, Alice Cable Craig of Seneca, S.C.; and two grandchildren.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Wesley Freedom United Methodist Church, 961 Johnsville Road in Eldersburg.

Christina D. Caprarola, 75, supervising secretary

Christina DeWald Caprarola, a retired secretary, died April 6 of cancer at the Harford Gardens Nursing Center. The former Mayfield resident was 75.

She was a supervising secretary for Title Guaranty Co. from 1960 until her retirement in 1982. Earlier, she worked for Maryland Casualty Co.


Born and raised on Milton Avenue in East Baltimore, Miss Caprarola was a 1939 graduate of Eastern High School and Eaton & Burnett Business College.

Services were held Wednesday at the Schimunek Funeral Home.

She is survived by three sisters, Philomina Mantini, Rosalie Miller and Palmina DeWald, all of Baltimore; and several nieces and nephews.