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Ivy Frederick, 78, secretary at parochial school in city


Ivy O. Frederick, a former administrative assistant at St. William of York Parochial School in West Baltimore, died of a brain tumor Sunday at her Catonsville home. She was 78.

Born Ivy Ohle and raised on the city's west side, she was a 1942 graduate of Western High School.

After graduating from Bard Avon business school in Baltimore, she went to work in the late 1940s at Walters Academy, a modeling agency, where one of her jobs was chaperoning Miss Maryland to the annual Miss America pageant in Atlantic City.

She was married in 1952 to Joseph Frederick. Her husband, a former executive in M.J. Frederick & Bro., a family-owned plumbing and roofing business, died in 1990.

Mrs. Frederick began attending St. William of York Roman Catholic Church in 1956, and converted to Catholicism in the early 1960s.

In 1967, she began working as a part-time secretary at its school, and then became a full-time administrative assistant until retiring in 1989. She also had also been a member of the school's board, finance committee, tuition assistance board and planning committee, and was a past president of the Mother's Club.

She also was a longtime member and served on the board of the St. Agnes Hospital Auxiliary. She also volunteered in the gift shop and flower room of the Southwest Baltimore hospital, now St. Agnes HealthCare.

She enjoyed playing bridge and attending Orioles games.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. tomorrow at her church, at 600 Cooks Lane.

She is survived by her two daughters, Barbara R. Frederick and Catherine L. Frederick, both of Catonsville; and two sisters, Laverne Bennett of Catonsville and Muriel Woodhead of Homosassa, Fla.

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