Mary K. Hooper, bank employee, musician

Mary K. Hooper, 95, a former employee of Eastern-Liberty Federal Savings and Loan who played accordion and piano for years in the Washington area, died April 8 at a hospital in Baltimore.

She had an aneurysm, said her son, Howard E. Hooper II. Mrs. Hooper had lived for nearly eight decades in the Washington area, first in the District and then in Lanham, before moving to Catonsville, Md., in 2009.

Mrs. Hooper worked in the bank’s insurance and bookkeeping departments in the 1960s and ’70s. She played the accordion with numerous groups, including a country western ban,d and at Washington’s Almas Temple with the Les Tracy orchestra. She continued playing the piano until shortly before her death.

Mary Kathryn Zimmer was born in Pittsburgh. She moved to Washington as a teenager, graduating from the old Central High School in 1936. In the late 1930s and early ’40s, she sold accordions and gave accordion lessons at Kitt’s Music in Washington.

Mrs. Hooper was a past president of the Central High School alumni association and served on its board until her death. She belonged to St. Matthias the Apostle Catholic Church in Lanham, where she formed and led the Leisurettes dancing, social and volunteer club for seniors.

She also belonged to the Seasoned Players of Prince George’s County, a musical group, and the American Legion women’s auxiliary.

Her husband of 52 years, Wilbur E. Hooper, died in 1990. Survivors include two children, Catherine M. Wilson of Hollywood, Fla., and Howard E. Hooper II of Gambrills; a granddaughter; and two great-grandchildren.

Emily Langer

Emily Langer is a reporter on The Washington Post’s obituaries desk. She has written about national and world leaders, celebrated figures in science and the arts, and heroes from all walks of life.
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