January 1, 1954 – September 15, 2020
Sandie Castle, was born Sandra Louise Berger in Baltimore MD on January 1, 1954. She died in Baltimore on September 15, 2020, in the comfort of her home with her family at her side. Daughter of John Thornton and Eileen (Burns) Berger, she is survived by her husband, Geoffrey Harris, her son and his wife, Shawn C.H. & Melody Baron, mother Eileen Berger and brother Rodney Berger. An artist best known for her writing, she was honored as Best New Poet/Performer by the Maryland Writers Council and named a state poetry fellow. Recipient of the Pushcart prize in 1988, she was dubbed “Guerrilla Duchess of Baltimore” by writer/commentatorAndrei Codrescui in the introduction of her first volume of poetry, The Catholics Are Coming, published by the Maryland Writers Council. A 6th grade dropout, Sandie earned her GED and went on to graduate from Notre Dame of Maryland College in 1997, with a Bachelor of Arts and induction into three honors societies: Sigma Tau Delta, Delta Epsilon Sigma, Sigma Lambda. She owned Passion FishGallery in Hampden from 2004-2010. Her passion for art, sociology, history, culture, and gardening was topped only by her love of being a mother. She was an avid collector of books, religious icons, dolls, chotskies and colorful stories. Sandie had battled several health issues since herearly diagnosis of M.S. some 40 years ago but ultimately lost her fight with cancer.
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October 3, 2020
September 29, 2020
My condolences to the Castle Family. I am deeply saddened to hear of her passing.
Ms. Castle was one of my patients while I was a chaplain resident at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. She was open and honest in sharing her life story with me--how much she loved her husband and son, and art. She was resilient, having overcome many hardships and trauma. I am so sorry that she suffered at the end of her life. May her legacy of love and art live on in the hearts she touched, including mine.
I pray for God's consolation upon this family and for Ms. Sandie Castle's soul. May she rest in peace. Let light perpetual shine upon her.
September 24, 2020
Sandie Castle was my friend, and I am a better man for knowing her. She was a caring crank and colorful comedian who left a trace of herself with the people she enjoyed. Never one for weak opinions, she often challenged me to slow down and enjoy the time I had with my wife and newborn daughter. We all walk different paths through this world, but I think some, like Sandie, learn to do it better than most. She loved her husband, adored her son, had the soul of an artist, and lived with intention. Goodnight and Godspeed Sandie.
September 24, 2020
Sandie Castle was an intelligent and no nonsense pursuer of the truth with a unique ability to see right through anybody she focused on. She was a role model and hero who touched more lives than she knew and has left the world a better place for being in it. She will be dearly missed
September 19, 2020
This is a Hard one, deeply felt grief, hit me in the gut.
What a Great Lady, unforgettable! All my Love and support for Shawn.