Berkeley E. Sadowski, a founder of an Annapolis school for children with developmental disabilities, died of respiratory failure Wednesday at the Annapolitan, an Annapolis assisted-living facility. She was 85.
Berkeley Elizabeth Krauss was born and raised in Baltimore. She was a graduate of city public schools and attended the University of Maryland.
Mrs. Sadowski was a founder of the Providence Center Inc. in Annapolis, which opened in 1961 to provide services to children with developmental disabilities.
In 1975, after developmentally challenged children were legally allowed to attend special-education classes in public school systems, the center changed its mission to focus on adults suffering from developmental disabilities.
From 1974 until retiring in 1985, she worked for The Arc of Maryland Inc. in Annapolis, which provides support for adults with developmental disabilities.
Mrs. Sadowski also was a potter and enjoyed flower arranging.
Her husband of 52 years, Edwin J. Sadowski Sr., owner of Cape Cleaners, died in 2004.
Plans for a memorial service to be held in the spring were incomplete yesterday.
Surviving are a son, Edwin J. Sadowski Jr. of Chester; a daughter, Berkeley Robin Sadowski of Gambrills; and two grandchildren.