Marie Bandiere, a retired Commercial Credit Corp. officer and community volunteer, died of heart disease Jan. 2 at Stella Maris Hospice. The former North Baltimore resident was 97.
Born in Philadelphia and raised in Baltimore, she was the daughter of William Bandiere and his wife, Elizabeth Ledden. She was a 1944 graduate of Forest Park High School and studied at the Maryland Institute College of Art.
Immediately after leaving high school, Miss Bandiere joined the Commercial Credit Corp. as a legal department secretary. In 1966, according to an article in The Sun, she was the first woman to be named an officer of the firm. She retired in 1987.
She was honored by the Maryland Women’s Heritage Center.
She then became an active community volunteer at St. Joseph’s Medical Center, the Renaissance Institute at Notre Dame University of Maryland, Stella Maris Hospice and the Bykota Senior Center.
“She was outgoing and liked people. She wore her time at Commercial Credit like a badge of honor,” said a cousin, Jeanne Ledden of Baltimore. "She was well aware she had broken a glass ceiling."
She sketched in charcoal and often made portraits of friends and family.
Before moving to Saint Elizabeth Hall in Timonium, she lived for many years at the Marylander Apartments.
In addition to her cousin, survivors include other cousins, Brianna Simkins, Ryan Simkins, Sister Iris Ann Ledden and Bernadette Ledden White, all of Baltimore; and a half-sister, Candace Duff of Timonium.
A Mass was offered Jan. 7 at Stella Maris Chapel.