Sister Loretta Marie Schultz, a teacher for five decades, died of a heart attack Sunday at her order's Maria Health Care Center in Baltimore. She was 90.
Born Loretta Marie Schultz in Camden, N.J., she entered the School Sisters of Notre Dame in Baltimore in August 1941. She was given the religious name Mary Serapia and later used her baptismal name. She earned a bachelor's degree at what is now Notre Dame of Maryland university and a master's degree at the Catholic University of America.
She began teaching at Sacred Heart of Jesus School in Highlandtown. She later taught at St. Matthew School in Northwood, Corpus Christi in Bolton Hill, St. Pius X in Rodgers Forge, St. Mary in Annapolis, St. Margaret in Bel Air and at Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Camden, N.J. She also taught hearing-impaired children at the John Archer School in Harford County.
In 1977 she joined the faculty of St. John School in Westminster, where she taught religion, English and remedial reading. Later appointments included Archbishop Keough High School in Southwest Baltimore and St. Elizabeth High School in Wilmington, Del., where she was on the staff for 16 years.
She retired from the classroom in 1997 and became a volunteer tutor at the Caroline Center, the job training and education center for economically disadvantaged women sponsored by her religious order.