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Mary M. Baginski, who celebrated Baltimore's traditions, dies

Mary Baginski "kept her beehive hairdo in a perfectly teased coif," her daughter wrote.
Mary Baginski "kept her beehive hairdo in a perfectly teased coif," her daughter wrote. (Handout / HANDOUT)

Mary M. Baginski, a former secretary who reveled in all things Baltimore, died Feb. 27 from complications of Alzheimer’s disease at Stella Maris Hospice. The Parkville resident was 82.

A lover of crab cakes, bingo and duckpin bowling, the former Mary Margaret Earhardt was born in Baltimore, the daughter of Francis Earhardt, a Baltimore police sergeant, and his wife, Marie Earhardt, a homemaker.

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She was reared on St. Thomas and Rutland avenues and was a 1954 graduate of Catholic High School. After graduating from high school, she worked as a secretary for the old State Roads Commission before her marriage in 1958 to Thomas J. Baginski, a city firefighter.

Julia Ruth Stevens, the last surviving child of Babe Ruth, died early Saturday morning at an assisted-living facility in Henderson, Nev., due to complications after a pulmonary embolism, said her son, Tom Stevens. She was 102.

The couple who raised their four children had lived on Gittings Avenue, and in 1993 moved to Perring Woods Road in Parkville.

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“She was a very loving, devoted and stylish mother,” a daughter, Karen Barba of Seattle, wrote in a biographical sketch of her mother.

“Her weekly hair appointments kept her beehive hairdo in a perfectly teased coif,” she wrote. “Bingo was her passion. She knew where every Catholic bingo was, and easily handled 60 cards at a time.”

Mrs. Baginski bowled in the same duckpin league until she was 74, using the same ball from her days when she was a member of a Catholic High bowling team.

She had been an active communicant of St. Pius X Roman Catholic Church in Rodgers Forge, and later Parkville’s St. Isaac Jogues Roman Catholic Church.

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Her husband, a retired Baltimore City Fire Department battalion chief who had been assigned to the Pulaski Highway fire station, died in 2008.

A Mass of Christian burial was offered March 4 in the chapel at Stella Maris Hospice in Timonium.

In addition to her daughter, she is survived by a son, David Baginski of Abingdon; two other daughters, Judith Gentry of Timonium and Linda Durkota of Lancaster, Pa.; a brother, Francis “Sonny” Earhardt of Fairfax, Va.; 12 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

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