Mary C. “Cass” McHale, a retired registered nurse and world traveler, died Aug. 31 at Brinton Woods Health and Rehabilitation Center at Winfield in Sykesville. The former Gamber resident was 86.
The former Mary Catherine Furlong, the daughter of Michael Gerald Furlong, a Baltimore city motorcycle policeman, and his wife, Marguerite Furlong, a bookkeeper, was born in Baltimore and raised near Ilchester Avenue in Waverly.
One of her childhood memories was when old Oriole Park, at Greemount Avenue and 29th Street, caught fire July 3, 1944.
“She spoke about it frequently,” said a son, Michael McHale of Marriottsville. "They were evacuated from their house, which was saved, but her little canary died from the smoke."
After graduating in 1951 from Seton High School, Mrs. McHale entered the Mercy Hospital School of Nursing, from which she graduated in 1954 as a registered nurse.
She worked as a nurse at the old Baltimore County General Hospital, now Northwest Hospital. In 1956, she married Thomas M. McHale Jr., a Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Co. PBX repairman.
In addition to her son, she is survived by another son, Thomas M. McHale III of Sykesville; four daughters, Maureen McHale of Eldersburg, Karen Fox of Westminster, Mary Patricia Vielandi of Marriottsville and Shannon McHale of Parkville; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.