Mary Gail Trinite, age 85, of Reisterstown, Maryland, passed away on Wednesday, April 6, 2022. She was surrounded by her children and grandchildren at the time of her passing. She was born in Baltimore, Maryland on May 29, 1936, the daughter of the late Louis Tyler and Mary Carmelita Wright and was the second of 10 children. She dearly and deeply loved her brothers and sisters and treasured spending time with them. It was always something she looked forward to, for when she was with her brothers and sisters, the celebratory laughter was resounding, infectious, and music to her ears.
Her Catholic faith began as a young child where she attended Blessed Sacrament Grade School in Baltimore and graduated from Seton High School in Baltimore in 1954. Her faith in the Catholic Church was witness to all, for she was a member of Sacred Heart Parish in Glyndon for 55 years. She attended mass weekly, attended retreats, had a strong devotion to the Rosary and the Chaplet of Devine Marcy, was a Eucharistic Minister, and was very active in The Life in the Spirit Prayer Group. Anyone who knew Gail knew she was a strong woman of faith, a prayerful woman, and was graced with God’s wisdom to dedicate her life to serving others. But it was her husband, children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren that she truly devoted her life to.
Gail was married to Joseph Doherty Trinite, Sr. for 63 years until his passing last April, and together they had six children, 15 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren (expecting a 4th). To Gail, home was where the heart was, and that belief made her an incredible homemaker for her home was filled with love and her door was open to all who entered. Her children’s friends growing up referred to her as “Mamma T” because she treated them as her own children as well. She kept an immaculately clean house where dinner time was of upmost importance to her, for that was the time the family gathered to share their day and enjoy her homecooked meals. It was without fail that dinner was served every night at 5:30pm. She enjoyed every holiday, but by far, her favorite was Christmas where the house was fully decorated, and every Christmas morning, year after year, was Winter Wonderland in the Trinite household. Vacation time with her children and grandchildren was everything to her, for her Time Shares, that she and her husband lovingly purchased, enabled her to travel many times with her children and grandchildren to Walt Disney World and Williamsburg, Virginia for many, many years. Her other favorite vacation spot was her Campsite in Chincoteague, Virginia where she and Joe, in the years after their children were grown, would faithfully retreat to on weekends to relax and enjoy their time together. It was known to all that her “therapy” was shopping, and it was not surprising to see her extraordinary finds from her various stores she frequented especially the “Goodwill”. It became the joke amongst her children that mom brought home another Goodwill find.
Gail was extraordinary in the ability and desire to help others, and the gift of wisdom was revealed in her years of service as a Drug and Addictions Counselor in Carroll County, Maryland. This was yet another passion in her life, for she put herself through school to become a Certified Counselor knowing that God had called her to be an instrument in the healing of others who suffered from addiction. She selflessly gave of herself and dedicated years of her life in this profession until it was time for her retirement. Despite having a major stroke in September of 2019, Gail accepted this unfortunate turn of events and showed her true humbleness and humility as she graciously succumbed to having others care for her during her last two and a half years of her life. She never complained, she always maintained that beautiful smile, and she accepted her circumstance with kindness which is a true testament to her self-sacrifice that she portrayed throughout her entire life.
Gail is survived by her six children Michelle Kelly (Drew), Joe Trinite, Jr. (Allyson), Jeannette Palmieri (Nick), Kathy Vall, John Trinite, and Dianne Rudolph, 15 grandchildren Sarah Rhodes (Andy), Scotti Mersinger, Sean Kelly, Jacob, Jackson, and Nathan Trinite, Gina and Daniel Palmieri, Andrew (Ellen), Daniel, Timothy, and Abigail Vall, Sharah Trinite, and Megan and Kristen Rudolph, and three great grandchildren (expecting a 4th) Mia and Liam Rhodes and Kailyn Mersinger. Gail loved her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren, it was her passion to be with her family for she would always say, “What makes me happy is being with all of you.”
The family will receive friends at the Eline Funeral Home, 11824 Reisterstown Road, on Monday, April 11 from 3- 5 & 7-9 PM. A funeral mass will be celebrated on Tuesday, April 12, 11 AM at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Glyndon. Interment Lake View Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Little Sisters of the Poor, 601 Maiden Choice Lane, catonsville, MD 21228