Sister Mary Angela Wade, OSP, a teacher and school administrator and a founder of the old Oblate Institute in Baltimore, died of cancer Friday at Our Lady of Mount Providence Convent in Baltimore, she was 86.
Known as Sister Angela, she was a member of the religious community of the Oblate Sisters of Providence for 65 years. She had lived at the convent since retiring in 1964 for reasons of health.
Born in Washington, the former Martha Loretta Wade was a teacher here before joining the religious community in 1915.
She taught at schools operated by the community before coming to Washington in 1939 to establish an elementary school to be run by the Oblate Sisters at St. Vincent de Paul Parish here. The school has been closed for nearly 20 years.
Sister Angela then remained here and taught at St. Cyprian, now Holy Comforter-St. Cyprian Elementary School until 1949.
She subsequently served in administrative positions in South Carolina, Kansas, Illinois and Baltimore.
She had served as community supervisor, directress of studies and as a member of the community's general council. In 1952, she was a leader in founding the Oblate Institute, which later became Mount Providence Junior College in Baltimore.
Sister Angela earned bachelor's and master's degrees in education from Villanova University.
In 1975, she was honored on her diamond jubilee as a member of the Oblate Sisters.
Survivors include two sisters, Sister Mary Pius Wade, OSP, of Baltimore, and Emily Bowser of Washington; and three brothers, Paul of Washington and Hyde and Gonza, both of Los Angeles.