Mary Jane Quirk
September 24th, 1924 ~ May 5th, 2020
Mary Jane was a resident at Ridgeway Manor Nursing Home, who died peacefully from complications of the coronavirus on May 5th, 2020.
Mary Jane was born in Baltimore and raised by her parents Vincent and Flossie Cascio. She was one of 7 children. Her sisters Catherine Gloria, Virginia Haines, Lucia Totis, Dorothy Nelson, Rita Kaleda, and a brother Samuel had all predeceased her. Mary Janes mother Flossie had died when she was around 13 years old. Mary Jane was cast into the role of a surrogate mother to her younger sisters. Her father Vincent died approximately 5 years later.
Mary Jane attended school at Saint Edwards and graduated from Seton High school in June 1941. Mary continued to care for younger siblings with the assistance from the nuns. Seeing how the nuns helped her family in their time of need. Mary decided to join the order of nuns. However, after a short time she decided to pursue a different direction but remained devoted to the Catholic church.
Mary Jane worked various jobs after leaving the convent, she had always focused her talents working in the bookkeeping field, as numbers and math came easy to her.
Mary Jane met her husband John Quirk (1922-2018) from Woodstown NJ, and they were married on November 26th, 1960, in Annapolis, Md at Saint Mary’s Church. Mary became a domestic engineer and raised two children. Mary Patricia and John Fitzgerald. Mary Jane returned to work at The University of Maryland Hospital as a cashier until her retirement in 1988.
Mary loved Baltimore sports, the Orioles and Colts were her favorites. Mary loved going to the games as much as she could and if she could not; then she would listen by radio. After the departure of the Colts, Mary became a loyal Ravens fan.
Mary Jane loved family above all else, she enjoyed her time with her sisters and their families. In retirement Mary Jane loved spending time with her grandchildren, Patrick John, Eric Thomas, and Abigail Jane. Her grandchildren were her pride and joy. Mary Jane enjoyed playing Yahtzee, Maryland lottery scratch offs and Maryland crabs were her weakness. A fond memory from family, is you could never leave Mary Janes home without her giving you something.
We will miss her so very much, but we know that she is at peace, reunited with her husband John. But, most importantly the Cascio girls are reunited again, so they can all sing along as their father plays guitar.
Interment will be private due to the current health crisis; a remembrance will be held later.
God Bless you Mom and you are right time flies (Tempus Fugit)
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Little Sisters of the Poor
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