Sister Mary Reparata Clarke

Sister Mary Reparata Clarke, a member and retired secretary general of the Oblate Sisters of Providence, died Oct. 28 of complications from diabetes at Summit Nursing Home in Catonsville. She was 90.

Catherine Lois Clarke was born in Baltimore and raised on Druid Hill Avenue. She was a 1935 graduate of Douglass High School and earned a bachelor's degree from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland in 1957. In 1968, she earned a master's degree from Manhattanville College in Purchase, N.Y.

Before entering her order in 1940, she worked as a typist and substitute teacher in Baltimore public schools. She received her religious name in 1941. After professing her vows in 1943, she taught fifth- and sixth-graders at St. Frances Academy in East Baltimore, and fourth-graders at St. Catherine Academy.

From 1944 until 1960, she held parochial school teaching assignments in Chicago, Washington, St. Paul, Minn., Kinloch, Mo., and Trenton, N.J., before returning to Our Lady of Mount Providence Convent, her order's motherhouse in Arbutus, as local superior and teacher.

She was postulant mistress in New Orleans in 1968, and later held that position in Washington, Saginaw, Mich., Kinloch, and Charleston, S.C., before returning to her order's motherhouse in 1981. From 1981 to 1989, she was secretary general of her order, and was a community activist from 1990 until retiring in 2001.

"I spend most days assisting at the switchboard, sharing daily household tasks and catching up on my reading," she wrote of her retirement activities in a letter to her sister, Muriel Hill of Doylestown, Pa. "And putting all of my ducks in a row before the Lord calls me."

A Mass of Christian burial was offered Thursday at Our Lady of Mount Providence Convent.

Also surviving are several nieces.

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