OBITUARY

Mary Elizabeth Hendler

March 27, 1947November 25, 2019
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Mary Elizabeth Hendler (née Stilling), of Marriottsville, died Monday, November 25, 2019, of Alzheimer’s Disease. She was 72 years old.

She is survived by her husband of 49 years, Ronald Hendler; son Nicholas Hendler Sr., daughter Rebecca Hahn and husband Jeff, daughter Rose Day and husband Robert, and daughter Elizabeth Schroen and husband Ian; grandchildren Nicholas Hendler, Holly Hendler, Nathaniel Hahn, Lily Hahn, Margot Day, Christopher Hendler, and JJ Schroen; brother John Stilling, brother Edward Stilling, brother Anthony Christopher Stilling and wife Sharon, and sister Kathleen Wells and husband Raymond; as well as many nieces, nephews, and extended family and friends.

Born in Baltimore to Josephine and John Stilling, she was the third of six children. She was preceded in death by her parents and sister Patricia Sauter.

Her greatest joy in life was being a wife, mother, and grandmother. She believed that actions speak louder than words and showed her love through acts of service.

She sewed many of her children’s clothes and would cook elaborate meals for their birthdays, fulfilling their special requests. She carried on many Italian family traditions, including baking Easter bread and Christmas cookies. She could often be found in the kitchen, sipping herbal tea and talking to her sisters.

She was a stay-at-home mother for many years before opening an in-home daycare center. She embarked on a new career in her forties, earning an associate’s degree from Catonsville Community College and working as a computer programmer and technology manager for the State of Maryland until her retirement.

She traveled extensively overseas with her husband, visiting Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and South America.

A devout Catholic, she worshipped at St. Agnes Catholic Church in Baltimore and Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Ellicott City. She volunteered as a Sunday school teacher and baked for Our Daily Bread.

Friends may call Sunday, December 1, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at Sterling-Ashton-Schwab-Witzke Funeral Home, 1630 Edmondson Avenue, Catonsville.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday, December 2, at 1 p.m. at St. Agnes Catholic Church, 5422 Old Frederick Road, Baltimore.

Family and friends are invited to a celebration of life after Mass at Kelsey’s Restaurant and Irish Pub (Private Room), 8480 Baltimore National Pike, Ellicott City, off of Normandy Center Drive.

Interment will be held Tuesday, December 3, at 11:30 a.m. at Maryland Veterans Cemetary-Crownsville, 1122 Sunrise Beach Road, Crownsville.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to the Alzheimer’s Association (link: https://act.alz.org/site/Donation2?df_id=32112&32112.donation=form1&s_affid=83) or Gilchrist Hospice (link: https://secure2.convio.net/ghcinc/site/Donation2;jsessionid=00000000.app20120a?idb=148046347&1400.donation=form1&df_id=1400&mfc_pref=T&NONCE_TOKEN=897B968DB77613F4D44A4D692F5889D7&idb=0).

Services

  • Visitation Sunday, December 1, 2019
  • Visitation Sunday, December 1, 2019
  • Mass of Christian Burial Monday, December 2, 2019

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Holly Hendler

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November 27, 2019

Mary and I first met at St. Martin High School, even sharing a lunch table together. Who would have thought Mary's daughter, Rose, and my son, Rob, would grow up and fall in love. And that we would share our beautiful granddaughter Margot. It was an honor to know Mary, and share many joyous memories throughout the years. May she rest in the comforting arms of our Blessed Mother. To Mary's family, she left you the gift of the memories of all the beautiful years you shared as a family. Bob and I send our heartfelt love.

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Biography

Mary Elizabeth Hendler (née Stilling), of Marriottsville, died Monday, November 25, 2019, of Alzheimer’s Disease. She was 72 years old.

She is survived by her husband of 49 years, Ronald Hendler; son Nicholas Hendler Sr., daughter Rebecca Hahn and husband Jeff, daughter Rose Day and husband Robert, and daughter Elizabeth Schroen and husband Ian; grandchildren Nicholas Hendler, Holly Hendler, Nathaniel Hahn, Lily Hahn, Margot Day, Christopher Hendler, and JJ Schroen; brother John Stilling, brother Edward Stilling, brother Anthony Christopher Stilling and wife Sharon, and sister Kathleen Wells and husband Raymond; as well as many nieces, nephews, and extended family and friends.

Born in Baltimore to Josephine and John Stilling, she was the third of six children. She was preceded in death by her parents and sister Patricia Sauter.

Her greatest joy in life was being a wife, mother, and grandmother. She believed that actions speak louder than words and showed her love through acts of service.

She sewed many of her children’s clothes and would cook elaborate meals for their birthdays, fulfilling their special requests. She carried on many Italian family traditions, including baking Easter bread and Christmas cookies. She could often be found in the kitchen, sipping herbal tea and talking to her sisters.

She was a stay-at-home mother for many years before opening an in-home daycare center. She embarked on a new career in her forties, earning an associate’s degree from Catonsville Community College and working as a computer programmer and technology manager for the State of Maryland until her retirement.

She traveled extensively overseas with her husband, visiting Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and South America.

A devout Catholic, she worshipped at St. Agnes Catholic Church in Baltimore and Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Ellicott City. She volunteered as a Sunday school teacher and baked for Our Daily Bread.

Friends may call Sunday, December 1, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at Sterling-Ashton-Schwab-Witzke Funeral Home, 1630 Edmondson Avenue, Catonsville.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday, December 2, at 1 p.m. at St. Agnes Catholic Church, 5422 Old Frederick Road, Baltimore.

Family and friends are invited to a celebration of life after Mass at Kelsey’s Restaurant and Irish Pub (Private Room), 8480 Baltimore National Pike, Ellicott City, off of Normandy Center Drive.

Interment will be held Tuesday, December 3, at 11:30 a.m. at Maryland Veterans Cemetary-Crownsville, 1122 Sunrise Beach Road, Crownsville.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to the Alzheimer’s Association (link: https://act.alz.org/site/Donation2?df_id=32112&32112.donation=form1&s_affid=83) or Gilchrist Hospice (link: https://secure2.convio.net/ghcinc/site/Donation2;jsessionid=00000000.app20120a?idb=148046347&1400.donation=form1&df_id=1400&mfc_pref=T&NONCE_TOKEN=897B968DB77613F4D44A4D692F5889D7&idb=0).