Margaret Schleupner, 85, homemaker, churchwoman
Margaret M. Schleupner, a homemaker who was active at Shrine of the Little Flower Roman Catholic Church, died of dementia Sunday at Lakeside Assisted Living in Salisbury. She was 85.
Born Margaret M. Ralston on Carey Street, she was raised at St. Mary's Villa orphanage on Roland Avenue after her father died.
After graduating from Seton High School in 1937, she entered the Daughters of Charity in Emmitsburg but left the order two years later after contracting tuberculosis. During World War II, she was a secretary at Fidelity & Deposit Co. of Maryland.
In 1945, she married to Michael N. Schleupner, now a retired construction equipment salesman for John C. Louis Co. Inc.
Mrs. Schleupner lived for 53 years in the Belair-Edison neighborhood of Northeast Baltimore before moving last year to the assisted-living facility.
She was a communicant of Shrine of the Little Flower, where she sang in the choir and was a eucharistic minister. She also was a member of its Sodality and Court Marian of the Catholic Daughters of America.
"She baked over 700 cakes, which were raffled off at bingo games, sold at bake sales or consumed at parish functions," said her son Michael N. Schleupner of Rosedale.
A Mass of Christian burial was offered yesterday at the church.
In addition to her husband and son, she is survived by another son, Joseph G. Schleupner of Mardela Springs; a daughter, Margaret S. Blair of Leesburg, Va.; and six grandchildren.