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Mary C. McHale, retired registered nurse, dies

Mary C. “Cass” McHale worked as a nurse at the old Baltimore County General Hospital, now Northwest Hospital, then as an intensive care charge nurse at St. Agnes Hospital.
Mary C. “Cass” McHale worked as a nurse at the old Baltimore County General Hospital, now Northwest Hospital, then as an intensive care charge nurse at St. Agnes Hospital. (HANDOUT)

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.

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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.

After she had raised her children, Mrs. McHale returned to work in 1972 as an intensive care charge nurse at St. Agnes Hospital, where she remained until retiring in 1994.

She and her husband, who died in 2004, had lived in Randallstown and Marriottsville before moving to Gamber in Carroll County in 1996.

Mrs. McHale overcame and fear of flying and traveled with her husband to Ireland, Hawaii, Puerto Rico and other destinations.

She enjoyed reading and was particularly fond of mysteries. She also liked completing crossword puzzles, riding around her property on her golf cart and attending family parties.

Mrs. McHale was a communicant of St. Alphonsus Rodriguez Church in Woodstock, where a Mass of Christian Burial was offered Friday.

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.

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