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|Mary Catharine O'Connell|
|Viewing: October 24, 2018 (Wednesday) from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon at church|
Service: October 24, 2018 (Wednesday) at 12:00 noon
Location: Church of the Little Flower
Mary Catharine O’Connell
Bethesda, Maryland, age 91, died on October 10, 2018. She is survived by her
devoted husband of 58 years, Peter D. O’Connell; daughters Susan O’Connell
of Bethesda, Maryland; Catharine O’Connell (Matthew Schultz) of Jacksonville,
Illinois; and Anne O’Connell Fraser (William) of Montpelier, Vermont. She is
also survived by her six grandchildren, Olivia, Patrick, Claire, and Angus
Fraser, and Victor and Ruth Schultz; sister-in-law Sally O’Connell; many nieces
and nephews and great nieces and nephews; and a brother, Robert Ostmann (Jean),
also of Bethesda. A brother, Francis A. Ostmann, Jr. predeceased her.
Catharine Ostmann was born on Jan. 15, 1927 in Washington, DC. She
graduated from the Academy of the Holy Cross and Dunbarton College. She
later served as a member of the Dunbarton College board of trustees. From 1948
to 1958 she was employed by television station WRC-TV in Washington. She
entered Georgetown University Law Center as a part-time student in 1956, later
moving to full time. She was selected as an editor of the Georgetown Law
Journal and graduated 2nd in her law school class in 1959. She was an
associate in the law firm of Berge, Fox and Arent (now Arent Fox) until
the birth of her first daughter.
25 years, continuing well into her 80s, Mary Catharine served as a docent at
the National Gallery of Art, leading tours of the Gallery’s art and sculpture
collections for thousands of NGA visitors. She also participated in
special NGA programs to foster art appreciation in DC public schools and to
provide art access to residents of local retirement and nursing homes.
addition to receiving her J.D. from Georgetown University, Mary Catharine
returned to earn an M.A. in Liberal Studies in 1986. Her thesis analyzed
historic paintings portraying the subject of war.
of Christian Burial will be celebrated at the Church of the Little
Flower, 5607 Massachusetts Avenue, Bethesda, MD, on Wednesday,
October 24, at 12:00 Noon. Interment will be private.
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