Mary C. Pino, retired secretary and homemaker who enjoyed traveling and dance, dies

Mary C. Pino, a retired secretary who worked for several federal agencies, died Aug. 16 at the Charlestown Retirement Community from complications of a stroke. The former Ellicott City resident was 98.

The former Mary Cecilia Sloan was born in Morrisonville, Ill., the daughter of George Sloan and Mary Sloan, farmers. She was one of 11 children.

She was a graduate of Morrisonville High School, and moved to Washington in 1940, taking a job as a stenographer at the U.S. Department of Labor.

She met and fell in love with Joseph M. Pino, a Government Printing Office pressman, at a Big Band dance. They married in 1952.

Over her career Mrs. Pino also worked as a secretary for the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. She retired from that agency in the 1980s.

The couple lived in Silver Spring and Calverton where they raised their four children.

In 1992, she and her husband settled in Ellicott City.

Mrs. Pino and her husband enjoyed dancing the foxtrot and jitterbug.

She was a world traveler and had explored her family’s heritage in Ireland, and had also visited historical and cultural sites in Italy, Israel, Spain, Aruba, Hawaii and the American Southwest.

Mrs. Pino was accomplished in flower arranging, and also enjoyed scrapbooking, quilting, basket weaving, matting and framing pictures and fashioning gold-leaf frames.

Her husband died in 2006. She has resided at the Catonsville retirement community since 2010.

She was a former communicant of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Beltsville, Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Ellicott City and Our Lady of the Angels at Charlestown.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 11 a.m. Thursday in the Chapel of Our Lady of the Angels, 711 Maiden Choice Lane, Catonsville.

Mrs. Pino is survived by two sons, Daniel Edward Pino and William Bruce Pino, both of Ellicott City; two daughters, Rita Ann Surface of Columbia and Jeanne Marie Patrick of Pasadena; three brothers, William Sloan of Hillsboro, Ill., John Sloan of Taylorsville, Ill., and James Sloan of Danville, Ill.; two sisters, Rita Mae Sloan of Morrisonville, Ill. and Martha Beeler of Raymond, Ill.; 12 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

—Frederick N. Rasmussen

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