Obituaries

  

Sister Maurita McNeeley called to fullness of life

 

Hospitalized for more than two weeks in critical condition, Sister Maurita was determined to get home to her sisters and friends at Regina Health Center, especially to her life-long friend Sister Margaret Whittaker. With her customary grit, determination and good humor she made it home Saturday afternoon. On Sunday Sister Maurita died peacefully at the Richfield facility, surrounded by a nephew, Sister Margaret, other Ursuline sisters and friends. She was 87. The veteran teacher had been a resident at Regina since April 2013.

 

Grace Eileen McNeeley was born January 16, 1927, one of five children born to Anthony and Margaret (O’Malley) McNeeley. The Ursuline Academy of the Sacred Heart graduate entered the Ursuline congregation from Christ the King Parish September 8, 1945, and professed final vows in August 1951.

 

Sister Maurita, like many of her contemporaries, earned her undergraduate degree attending Saturday classes at St. John College, while also engaging in full-time teaching during the week.

 

Her 43-year education career included tenures at St. Mary (Collinwood), St. Catharine (Cleveland), St. William (Euclid), St. Mary Magdalene (Willowick), Immaculate Conception (Willoughby), St. Therese (Garfield Heights) and St. Mary (Mentor) schools. In 1990 she retired from teaching and for 12 years assisted in the office of the motherhouse treasurer. Since 2003 she was engaged in the ministry of prayer and service and in the life of the community.

 

With the closing of their Saint Angela Center residence in 2012, Sister Maurita accompanied Sister Margaret to Regina Health Center. In her time at Regina she engaged readily in all of the activities and endeared herself to sisters and staff alike with her kindness, quick wit and ready laugh.

 

Sister Maurita will be remembered for her friendliness, her zest for living and her ever-youthful spirit. She was a faith-filled woman, a committed religious, a dedicated teacher and colleague, a loyal friend, and loving aunt.

 

Donations in her memory can be made to the Ursuline Sisters.

 

Funeral Services for Sister Maurita
Wake:3:00 PM, Thursday, October 2
Ursuline Motherhouse,2600 Lander Road, Pepper Pike
Funeral Mass:7:00 PM Thursday
Chapel of the Most Holy Trinity (Motherhouse)
Burial Service:9:30 AM Friday, October 3
Interment will follow at All Souls Cemetery, Chardon.

 

  

 

 

 

 

 Sister Jeanne Campbell, former educator, generous community helper

Sister Jeanne Campbell (formerly Sister M. Helen Francis) was a gentle and unassuming woman who lived quietly and faithfully for 62 years as an Ursuline sister. The former educator and community service minister died Tuesday, July 22, at Regina Health Center. She was 82.

Jeanne Campbell was born August 13, 1931, in Cleveland, one of three children born to William and Helen (McDonough) Campbell. The Notre Dame Academy graduate entered the Ursuline Sisters from St. Columbkille Parish, Cleveland, September 8, 1951. She professed final vows August 12, 1957. She earned her undergraduate degree from St. John College and a master’s from John Carroll University.

Sister Jeanne was an elementary school teacher 22 years. She began at St. William School (Euclid) and followed with tenures at St. Mary, St. Malachi, St. Joseph and St. Jerome, all in Cleveland, and St. Therese (Garfield Heights), St. Mary (Mentor), Christ the King (East Cleveland), and St. Joseph (Avon Lake). She later served as a teacher aide at St. Robert Bellarmine School (Euclid). Her career beyond the classroom included assignments in the registrar’s office at Ursuline College, assisting in the Diocesan Archives, and serving in the library at Beaumont School.

While in her late 50s Sister Jeanne learned how to drive in order to assist in her mother’s care and to help in the congregation’s transportation office.

Beset by a number of health concerns, Sister Jeanne moved to the Saint Angela Center in 2002, but continued to serve ... as the Center’s receptionist and in the ministry of prayer.

Sister Jeanne will be remembered as a kind and gentle woman always ready to don an apron to assist or lend a hand. She was a faith-filled religious, a dedicated educator, and a loving sister, aunt and friend.

She is survived by a sister-in-law Phyllis Campbell of The Villages, Florida, and nephews Kevin and Brian, of Florida and New Jersey, respectively.

Donations in Sister Jeanne’s name may be made to the Ursuline Sisters at www.ursulinesisters.org.


Funeral Service for Sister Jeanne Campbell
Wake: 3:00 PM, Friday, July 25
Ursuline Motherhouse, 2600 Lander Road, Pepper Pike
Funeral Mass: 7:00 PM Friday
Chapel of the Most Holy Trinity (Motherhouse)
Burial Service: 9:30 AM Saturday, July 26
Chapel of the Most Holy Trinity
Interment will follow at All Souls Cemetery, Chardon.

 

 

 

 

Sister Renee Oliver, educator, lobbyist, faith-filled religious

Sister Renee Oliver (formerly Sister Marie Renee) loved life, cherished her family, friends and community, and brought unwavering dedication to her career as a teacher and as an education lobbyist throughout her 66 years as an Ursuline sister. The former educator and advocate died Tuesday, February 25, at Regina Health Center. She was 87.

Frances Marie Oliver was born September 25, 1926, in Cleveland, one of four children born to William and Mary Violet (Carey) Oliver. The Ursuline Academy of the Sacred Heart graduate entered the Ursuline Sisters from Christ the King Parish, East Cleveland, September 24, 1946. She professed final vows August 8, 1952. She earned her undergraduate degree from St. John College and a master’s from Marquette University.

Sister Renee began her ministry career as an elementary school teacher at Holy Cross School (Euclid), and followed with tenures at St. Therese (Garfield Heights), St. Charles (Parma), Our Lady of Peace (Cleveland), and St. Paul (Euclid) before consecutive assignments at Villa Angela Academy, Beaumont School, and Lake Catholic High School.

In 1981 Sister Renee accepted a position with Citizens for Educational Freedom (CEF) in Washington, D.C., to lobby for tuition tax credits for parents of children in Catholic and other non-governmental schools. She served as the organization’s executive director in their Washington office. She visited the White House to meet with President Ronald Reagan and leaders of the coalition supporting tax credits. She also was a guest of the Reagans at a state dinner honoring a foreign dignitary.

In 1987, her dream of tax credit legislation still unrealized, Sister Renee returned home to resume her teaching career at Immaculate Conception School, Willoughby. But her tenure was short-lived, as in 1990 she returned to CEF for six more years, first in Detroit, then in the Washington area to continue what she believed to be a quest for educational justice. Though not in her time with CEF, tuition tax credits and vouchers would eventually become a reality. Her CEF colleagues had always maintained that when success was achieved “inhabitants of political circles in Washington would know that she had played an important part in the achievement.” For Sister Renee it was satisfaction enough to know that the “seeds sown by DEF had finally yielded a harvest.”

From 1996 through 2010 Sister Renee remained active in ministry, assisting with congregational work, serving in institutional advancement at Ursuline College, teaching at Cuyahoga Community College, and tutoring in the Ursuline Institute of Learning.

Hers is a legacy of service and commitment and freedom of educational choice. Sister Renee was a faith-filled religious, a dedicated educator, and a loving sister, aunt and friend.

She is survived by a brother, Raymond (wife Mary Jane) of South Euclid, a sister Patricia Treacy of Colorado, sister-in-law Sharon Oliver of California, and nieces and nephews.

Donations in Sister Renee’s name may be made to the Ursuline Sisters at www.ursulinesisters.org.

Services for Sister Renee

              Wake:           3:00-6:45 PM Friday, February 28

Funeral Mass:            7:00 PM Friday, January 28

                                    Chapel of the Most Holy Trinity

                                    Ursuline Educational Center/Motherhouse

             Burial:           9:30 AM Saturday, March 1

 

Sister Elizabeth Troha

Teacher, parish minister, cheerleader of the elderly

Sister Elizabeth Troha (formerly Sister Catherine of Siena) enjoyed people and engaged with them in a variety of ministries throughout her 65 years as an Ursuline. The former teacher, pastoral minister and T’ai chi leader died January 16 at Regina Health Center, Richfield, where she had resided since March. She was 85.

Elizabeth Troha was born July 9, 1928, youngest of 10 children born to Leo and Veronica (nee Stokely) Troha. Raised in Euclid, Ohio, the Villa Angela Academy graduate joined the Ursulines from St. Christine Parish in 1946, following in the footsteps of older sister Mary (Sister Rosalia) who had entered two years before. Sister Elizabeth professed final vows in 1952. She earned an undergraduate degree in education from St. John College and later studied theology at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkley, California. She was a certified pastoral minister in the Cleveland Diocese.

Sister Elizabeth taught 38 years in elementary schools throughout the diocese, including St. Columbkille, St. Francis de Sales (Parma), St. Mary Magdalene (Willowick), St. Mary (Mentor), St. Charles Borromeo (Parma), Our Lady of Peace (Cleveland), St. Joseph (Collinwood), St. Ann (Cleveland Heights), Immaculate Conception (Willoughby), and St. John Bosco (Parma Heights). After a second assignment at St. Charles, Sister Elizabeth discerned a call to a change in ministry.

After a year of theology study in Berkeley, she served as pastoral minister at St. Robert Parish (Euclid), then at Holy Spirit Parish, Avon Lake. While others her age contemplated retirement Sister Liz decided to pursue an interest in gerontology and participated in a training program at Fairhill Center for the Aging, which ushered in the third and final phase of her active ministry, ministering with the elderly at Fairhill, Ursuline Sophia Center, Montefiore Nursing Home, and Myers High Rise. She was a T’ai chi and yoga instructor and also gave motivational presentations on how to “live until you die.” Sister Liz retired from active ministry in 2012.

Sister Liz will be remembered for her youthful outlook and gentle spirit. She was a dedicated teacher and minister, a woman of faith and a lover of life, a loving sister and aunt, and a loyal friend.

She is survived by many nieces and nephews.

Donations in her name can be made to the Ursuline Sisters of Cleveland.

Funeral Services for Sister Elizabeth Troha
Wake: 3:00 PM, Monday, January 20
Ursuline Motherhouse, 2600 Lander Road, Pepper Pike
Funeral Mass: 7:00 PM Monday
Chapel of the Most Holy Trinity
Burial Service: 9:30 AM Tuesday
Chapel of the Most Holy Trinity
Interment will follow at All Souls Cemetery, Chardon.

 

 

Sister M. Joachim called to fullness of life

Sister M. Joachim Mullen was a woman of many interests and passions. Her love of classical music and her mastery of the string bass earned her a spot in the Cleveland Women’s Orchestra. Devotion to country led her to military service in the Coast Guard during World War II. A persistent inner urging to do and be something more brought her to the Ursulines and to a career in education. The vibrant and larger-than-life woman of faith died October 8 at Regina Health Center in Richfield where she had resided since February. Just two weeks before, family and friends had gathered with her to celebrate her 90th birthday.

Dorothee Mullen was born September 29, 1923, in Cleveland, one of three children of Anton Muluolis and Josephine Mullen (nee Pavilonis). While a student at John Adams High School she learned to play the bass and at age 16 was recruited for membership in the Cleveland Women’s Orchestra. She played with the group throughout her undergraduate studies at Western Reserve University. Following her graduation in 1945 she enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard and served as a transportation specialist, driving trucks and buses in New York and Washington, D.C.

After the war, while working as a driving instructor for the Automobile Club of America, she discerned the call to do something “more” with her life. She joined the Ursulines from Our Lady of Peace Parish, Cleveland, in 1947 and professed final vows in 1953. She earned a master’s in education from St. John College.

Her ministry career included teaching assignments at schools throughout the diocese including St. Mary (Collinwood), St. Patrick (Bridge Ave.), Holy Cross (Euclid), St. Francis de Sales (Parma), St. Catharine (Cleveland), Urban Community (Cleveland) and St. Philomena (East Cleveland). The ministry with which she was most closely identified was St. Anthony Home for Boys, later Parmadale, where she served a combined 35 years as teacher, educational counselor, advocate and fundraiser. As years of phone calls, cards and letters from colleagues and former students attest, “Sister Jo” really made a difference.

In the early 1970s, with the relaxing of rules within religious life, Sister Joachim rejoined the orchestra and served for a time as its president. In 2005, with advancing arthritis, she reluctantly gave up her beloved bass and her place in the orchestra. In 2008 she retired from formal ministry, but continued her volunteer service at Severance Hall, Hillcrest Hospital and the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage until 2011.

Sister Joachim will be remembered for her zest for life and her engaging spirit. She was a faith-filled religious, an accomplished musician, a proud veteran, a dedicated teacher and colleague, and a loyal friend and aunt.

Donations in her memory can be made to the Ursuline Sisters.

Funeral Services for Sister M. Joachim:

Wake: 3:00 PM, Friday, October 11
Ursuline Motherhouse, 2600 Lander Road, Pepper Pike
Funeral Mass: 7:00 PM Friday
Chapel of the Most Holy Trinity
Burial Service: 9:30 AM Saturday, October 12
Chapel of the Most Holy Trinity
Interment will follow at All Souls Cemetery, Chardon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sister Doris Mooney, educator

A generation of high school students mastered the intricacies of Latin grammar and translated accounts of Caesar’s Gallic wars under the expert tutelage of Sister Doris Mooney, formerly Sister Philip Neri. The former high school and elementary teacher died September 27 at Regina Health Center in Richfield where she had lived since February. She was 85.

Doris Mooney was born June 4, 1928, in Dixon, Illinois, one of five children of Philip and Mildred (nee Dorris) Mooney. The family moved to Cleveland Heights where Doris attended St. Ann School, then Beaumont School. Months after her graduation, she entered the Ursuline community. In August 1952 she professed final vows. She earned an undergraduate degree in education from St. John College and a master’s in Latin from John Carroll University.

She enjoyed two opportunities to study abroad. In 1969 she participated in a six-week course in the School of Classical Studies of the American Academy in Rome, and in 1972 engaged in a month-long study program in Greece and Italy sponsored by the Vergilian Society of America.

Sister Doris, then Sister Philip Neri, began her teaching career at the elementary level at St. William School, Euclid, before moving on to Christ the King School, East Cleveland. She transitioned to the secondary level where she taught Latin and religion, serving two tenures at Beaumont School with a three-year assignment at Ursuline Sacred Heart Academy in between.

After retiring from teaching, Sister Doris served at the Ursuline College library and later at the motherhouse as switchboard operator and sacristan. In her years at Saint Angela Center and at Regina Health Center she was faithful to her ministry of prayer.

She will be remembered for her lively wit, clever puns and amazing memory. She was a faith-filled religious, dedicated teacher, and loyal friend.

Sister Doris is survived by a sister Barbara Brett, brothers Philip and Peter, and nieces and nephews.

Donations in her name may be made to the Ursuline Sisters.

Funeral Services for Sister Doris Mooney
Wake: 3:00 PM, Monday, September 30
Ursuline Motherhouse, 2600 Lander Road, Pepper Pike
Funeral Mass: 7:00 PM Monday
Chapel of the Most Holy Trinity (Motherhouse)
Burial Service: 9:30 AM Tuesday, October 1


 

 

Sister Jean Miller
Veteran Educator, Walking Enthusiast, Friend

Sister Jean Miller (formerly known as Sister M. Matthias) served 56 years in the ministry of education as teacher, principal and librarian in schools throughout the diocese. And at each site she likely found a nearby park or shopping mall to satisfy her love of walking. The veteran educator and walking enthusiast died July 28 at Regina Health Center in Richfield where she had lived since April 9. Sister Jean was 81.

Jean Miller and her twin sister Joan were born January 11, 1932, in Cleveland to Earl and Helen (Rauch) Miller. She joined the Ursulines from Holy Cross Parish, Euclid, in September 1950 and professed final vows in 1956. A graduate of Villa Angela Academy, she earned a bachelor’s in education from the old St. John College.

Sister Jean’s teaching career included tenures at St. Jerome, St. Mary, and Immaculate Conception schools in Cleveland, St. Francis de Sales and St. Charles Borromeo schools in Parma, St. Mary Magdalene (Willowick), St. Joseph (Avon Lake), and St. Paul and Holy Cross schools in Euclid. She also served as principal at Holy Cross. After retiring from the classroom, Sister Jean served in school libraries at St. John Bosco (Parma Heights) and Cleveland’s Archbishop Lyke. In 2008 she moved to the Saint Angela Center where she engaged in the ministry of prayer and service.

Throughout her life Sister Jean was an avid walker and could often be found enjoying the beauty of an area Metro Parks or the Ursuline campus in Pepper Pike.

Sister Jean is survived by sisters, Patricia Majewski and Karen Miller, and brothers Earl, Roy and Dennis. Joan Packard, Sister Jean’s twin, died in 2011.

Sister Jean will be remembered for her welcoming nature and pleasant disposition, and for her ever-youthful spirit. She was a faith-filled religious, a dedicated educator, a loving sister, and loyal friend.

Donations in her name can be made to the Ursuline Sisters of Cleveland, www.ursulinesisters.org.

Funeral Service for Sister Jean Miller

Wake: 3:00 PM, Thursday, August 1
Ursuline Motherhouse, 2600 Lander Road, Pepper Pike
Please use the Fairmount Blvd. entrance to the campus.
Funeral Mass: 7:00 PM, Thursday
Burial Service: 9:30 AM Friday
Chapel of the Most Holy Trinity
Interment will follow at All Souls Cemetery, Chardon.




Sister M. Annunciata Witz
Former congregational leader, vicar for religious

Sister M. Annunciata Witz served 10 years as the Ursuline general superior in a period of change and upheaval in the Church and in religious life. Beyond her tenure she remained an active community member, lending interest and insight to congregational discussions and ready advice and prayerful support to leaders who succeeded her. The decisive leader and faith-filled community member died June 20 at the Regina Health Center in Richfield, where she had lived since February 21. She was 92.

Margaret Witz was born January 17, 1921, one of five daughters born to Joseph and Verena Witz. The Ursuline Academy (55th Street) graduate worked for a number of years at Richman Brothers before entering the Ursuline congregation from Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish, Wickliffe, on January 8, 1945.  She professed final vows in August 1950. Sister Annunciata earned her undergraduate degree from Ursuline College and a master’s from Catholic University of America.

She began her 65-year ministry as an elementary school teacher, first at Cleveland’s St. Jerome School, then at St. William School, Euclid. She served 13 years at Ursuline College, teaching education classes and working in the Registrar’s Office, before being elected the congregation’s general superior in 1966. Her tenure coincided with Vatican II renewal in the Church and in religious life, and was marked by all the attendant challenges it inspired, including the departure of many sisters from the community. Under her leadership, the first Ursulines joined the diocesan mission team in El Salvador where Ursuline service continues to this day.

In 1976 Sister Annunciata was named by then-Bishop James A. Hickey to serve as associate vicar for women religious in the Diocese of Cleveland, the first woman to serve in that capacity in the diocese. In that role she visited women religious throughout the area, offering counsel and advice and serving as a resource for educational and spiritual conferences. Her last formal ministry was an eight-year stint as pastoral minister at St. William Parish, Euclid.

In 1991 she returned to the motherhouse where she ministered in the congregation’s medical insurance office for eight years. Her final work, one to which she was deeply committed, was the ministry of prayer. In eight years of residence at the Saint Angela Center and most recently at Regina Health Center, she devoted hours each day to prayer and to nourishing her own spirit with reading from spiritual masters past and present. 

Sister Annunciata will be remembered as a capable educator, decisive leader and powerhouse of prayer. She was a committed woman of faith, a sensitive and capable minister, and a devoted family member and friend.

She is survived by a sister Josephine Kausek and nieces and nephews.

Donations in her memory can be made to the Ursuline Sisters at www.ursulinesisters.org. 

Funeral Service for Sister Annunciata
Wake: 3:00 PM, Monday, June 24
Ursuline Motherhouse, 2600 Lander Road, Pepper Pike
Funeral Mass: 7:00 PM Monday
Chapel of the Most Holy Trinity (Motherhouse)
Burial Service: 9:30 AM Tuesday, June 25

Chapel of the Most Holy Trinity

Interment will follow at All Souls Cemetery, Chardon.

Sister Winifred Weir
Veteran educator inspired others with her life and spirit

Sister Winifred Weir was a wonderful teacher and capable principal for 31 years. Then multiple sclerosis struck, cutting short her work in the classroom, but opening a door to a whole new educational arena. From her electric cart and her bed Sister Winnie was an amazing teacher … of patience, acceptance, good humor, joy and humility. The gentle woman with the indomitable spirit died April 4 at Regina Health Center in Richfield where she lived since February. She was 81.

Winifred Weir was born December 21, 1931, in Cleveland to Thomas and Marie (Barrett) Weir. She joined the Ursulines from Christ the King Parish (East Cleveland) in September 1950 and professed final vows in 1956. A graduate of Ursuline Academy of the Sacred Heart, she earned an undergraduate degree in education from the old St. John College and a master’s from John Carroll University.

Sister Winifred’s teaching career included tenures at Immaculate Conception (Willoughby), Holy Cross (Euclid), St. Malachi (Cleveland) and Immaculate Conception (Cleveland) where she also served as principal. Her final school assignment was Urban Community School (Cleveland) where she assisted the principal.

“Sister Winnie,” the last of the original residents of the Ursuline Saint Angela Center, inspired Sisters and staff members with her infectious smile and her joyful and peaceful presence. Sister Eileen Mary, whose friendship with Sister Winnie dates to high school days and to their shared entrance into the community, once noted that while the MS “took away pretty much everything that Sister Winnie loved – the ability to get around, to talk with people, to enjoy a good meal – it never took away her sweetness, her sense of humor, or her ability to be a great friend.”

Sister Winifred is survived by a brother Thomas (wife Pauline). She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Marie Derus.

Sister Winnie will be remembered as a prayerful religious, a dedicated educator and a loyal friend.

Donations in her name can be made to the Ursuline Sisters of Cleveland, www.ursulinesisters.org.


Funeral Services for Sister Winifred Weir
Wake: 3:00 PM, Tuesday, April 9
Ursuline Motherhouse, 2600 Lander Road, Pepper Pike

Funeral Mass: 7:00 PM Tuesday
Chapel of the Most Holy Trinity (Motherhouse)

Burial Service: 9:30 AM Wednesday, April 10
Saint Angela Center Chapel
Interment will follow at All Souls Cemetery, Chardon.



 

Sister Ruth Donnelly 
Veteran educator, compassionate parish minister 

In 79 years as an Ursuline, Sister Ruth Donnelly (formerly Sister Marie Daniel) enjoyed two distinct ministry careers, one in elementary education, and the other in parish ministry. The much beloved and oldest community member died March 28 at the Regina Health Center in Richfield, where last month nearly 60 sisters and Saint Angela Center staff members gathered to mark her 98th birthday.  

Ruth Donnelly was born February 26, 1915, one of 11 children born to Joseph and Mary Donnelly. The Villa Angela Academy graduate entered the Ursuline congregation from Saint Angela Merici Parish, Fairview Park, February 2, 1933, and professed final vows in August 1938. She earned a degree in education from the old St. John College. 

A 41-year veteran of elementary education (mainly primary grades), Sister Ruth served three different times at St. Francis de Sales (Parma). She also taught at St. Paul (Euclid), St. Joseph (Avon Lake), St. Jerome (Cleveland), St. Timothy (Garfield Heights), St. Catharine (Cleveland), and St. Joseph (Collinwood). 

In 1977 Sister Ruth followed a call to a change in ministry and began what was to be a 25-year career in parish ministry. At St. Basil Parish (Brecksville) she directed the elementary Parish School of Religion program and ministered to the elderly. She initiated the Fresh Hope bereavement program for those grieving the loss of loved ones and regularly visited the homebound.  

Her last official ministry assignment was Cleveland’s St. Rose Parish, where Sister Ruth served 19 years in ministry to the elderly. She directed the St. Rose Samaritans who provided special services to the shut-ins and homebound of the parish.  

Former general superior Sister Bartholomew once noted that Sister Ruth had a “special gift” for the elderly and infirm. She was tireless and compassionate in her outreach and was a fierce advocate for hospital and nursing home patients. 

Sister Ruth will be remembered for her kind and generous spirit, for her love of travel, and for her long and faith-filled service. She was a committed woman of faith, a sensitive and capable minister, and a devoted family member and friend. 

She is survived by many nieces and nephews. 

Donations in her memory can be made to the Ursuline Sisters at www.ursulinesisters.org

Funeral Service for Sister Ruth Donnelly 

Wake: 3:00 PM, Monday, April 1. 
Ursuline Motherhouse, 2600 Lander Road, Pepper Pike 

Funeral Mass: 7:00 PM Monday 
Chapel of the Most Holy Trinity (Motherhouse) 

Burial Service: 9:30 AM Tuesday, April 2 
Saint Angela Center Chapel 

Interment will follow at All Souls Cemetery, Chardon. 

 

 

Sister Carolyn Clines
Veteran Educator, Community Leader, Friend

Sister Carolyn Clines (formerly known as Sister M. John Paul) served 37 years in the ministry of education as a teacher and principal in schools throughout the diocese. The veteran educator died March 22 at Regina Health Center in Richfield where she had lived since February 8. Sister Carolyn was 80.

Carolyn Clines was born April 17, 1932 in Cleveland to Harry and Loretta (Champion) Clines. She joined the Ursulines from Christ the King Parish (East Cleveland) in September 1950 and professed final vows in 1956. A graduate of Ursuline Academy of the Sacred Heart, she earned undergraduate and graduate degrees in education from the old St. John College.

Sister Carolyn’s teaching career included tenures at Immaculate Conception (Willoughby), Holy Cross (Euclid), St. Timothy (Garfield Heights), St. Joseph (Collinwood), and St. Charles (Parma) schools. She directed three schools as principal: Christ the King (East Cleveland), St. Charles (Parma) and St. Mary (Mentor).

Her tenure in education was interrupted by her election to congregational leadership where she served eight years. Sister Carolyn concluded her active ministry years in administration of the Ursuline Sophia Center, a ministry promoting wholeness and wellbeing. Since 2008 when she moved to the Ursuline Saint Angela Center, she served in the ministry of prayer and service.

Long-time friend Sister Paulette Snyder noted that Sister Carolyn was totally committed to her assigned ministries and worked hard, but she also knew the value of play and recreation and engaged in vacations and leisure activities with the same spirit and gusto.

Sister Carolyn is survived by a sister Bernice Clines, and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, a sister Margaret Zusy, and brothers, Rev. Paul Clines, Robert Clines, and Rev. John Clines.

Sister Carolyn will be remembered as a faith-filled religious, a dedicated and capable educator, a loving sister, and loyal friend.

Donations in her name can be made to the Ursuline Sisters of Cleveland, www.ursulinesisters.org.


Funeral Services for Sister Carolyn Clines
Wake: 3:00 PM, Monday, March 25
Ursuline Motherhouse, 2600 Lander Road, Pepper Pike

Funeral Mass: 7:00 PM Monday
Chapel of the Most Holy Trinity (Motherhouse)

Burial Service: 9:30 AM Tuesday, March 26
Saint Angela Center Chapel
Interment will follow at All Souls Cemetery, Chardon.


  

Sister M. Bernard Francis Flynn, life-time educator, joyful presence

Sister M. Bernard Francis ministered 59 years in elementary education, shaping minds, spirits, and characters. She spent the next 12 years inspiring joy with her own radiant smile. The beloved educator and community member died February 18 at Regina Health Center, Richfield. She was 94.

The former Kathleen Flynn was born October 11, 1918, in Fall River, Massachusetts, one of seven children of Michael and Bridget (O’Malley) Flynn. A graduate of the old Ursuline Academy (55th Street), she followed her sisters Anne (Sister Anne Cecile) and Eileen (Sister M. Dominic) to the Ursulines, entering the community February 2, 1938, from St. Patrick Parish (Bridge Ave.). She professed final vows in 1943. She earned a bachelor’s degree from St. John College.

Sister Bernard Francis served her entire career in education as teacher, tutor and office assistant. She taught primary grades in schools throughout the diocese, including St. Ann (Cleveland Heights), St. Patrick (Bridge Ave.), St. Joseph (Collinwood), St. Francis de Sales (Parma), St. Timothy (Garfield Heights), St. Catharine (Cleveland), St. Charles (Parma), St. Clare (Lyndhurst) and St. Therese (Garfield Heights) where she also served as tutor. Her final assignments were as tutor at St. Paul School (Euclid) and as office assistant to long-time friend Ursuline Sister Margaret O’Brien at Our Lady of Good Counsel School (Cleveland). She retired in 2001.

Sister Bernard Francis moved to the Saint Angela Center in April 2002. With her friendly personality and infectious smile she quickly endeared herself to sisters and staff alike. Even in her last year, as the once chatty “Little Flynn” grew increasingly quiet, the twinkling smile endured.

The last of her siblings, Sister Bernard Francis is survived by nieces and nephews. She was a faith-filled religious, a loving and dedicated teacher, and a beloved community member and friend.  

Donations in her name may be made to the Ursuline Sisters at www.ursulinesisters.org

Services for Sister M. Bernard Francis

            Wake:           3:00-6:45 PM Wednesday, February 20

Funeral Mass:            7:00 PM Wednesday, February 20

                                    Chapel of the Most Holy Trinity

                                    Ursuline Educational Center/Motherhouse

             Burial:           10:30 AM Thursday, February 21
                                    Saint Angela Center Chapel

 

 

Sister Angela Marie Waldron, veteran educator, superintendent

Sister Angela Marie Waldron was tireless in her ministry career and devoted to her large family, including her two Ursuline Sister-sisters, Brigetta and Catherine (formerly Sister St. Ann). The veteran educator and superintendent died February 15 at Regina Health Center in Richfield. She was 87

Mary Therese Waldron was born August 23, 1925, Cleveland, one of eleven children born to Patrick and Beatrice (Prendergast) Waldron. The Villa Angela Academy graduate joined the Ursuline Sisters from Assumption Parish, Geneva, February 11, 1944. She professed final vows August 24, 1949, and earned undergraduate and graduate degrees in education from the old St. John College, Cleveland.

Sister Angela Marie taught on the elementary level at St. Ann School (Cleveland Heights) and Immaculate Conception (Cleveland) before accepting principal positions at St. Jerome (Cleveland) and St. Mary School (Mentor). She served four years as an educational consultant for the diocese, and then was appointed Regional Superintendent for the Cleveland Diocesan Schools.

In 1989 she embarked on a new career as pastoral minister and director of religious education, serving at St. Patrick Parish (Wellington), Holy Trinity Parish (Bedford Heights) and St. Clare Parish (Lyndhurst). She also worked as development director at Villa Angela-St. Joseph High School and was inducted into the school’s Hall of Fame in 2004. Her final assignment was assisting Sister Brigetta at Archbishop Lyke School, Cleveland.

A teacher and educational advocate to the end, Sister Angela Marie directed that her body be donated for medical research.

In addition to Sisters Brigetta and Catherine, Sister Angela Marie is survived by brothers Patrick (Mary Kay), John (Irene), T. Gerald (Claire), and Harold (Kathy) and sister Roseanne Weibel.

Donations in her name may be made to the Ursuline Sisters.

Family visitation 9:30-10:15 a.m. Saturday, February 23

Memorial Mass 10:30 a.m. Saturday, February 23.



 

 

 

Sister Margaret Ann Kelley, faith-filled religious, dedicated educator

Sister Margaret Ann Kelley (formerly Sister Ellen Mary) loved life, cherished her family, friends and community, and brought boundless energy to more than 60 years of service as an Ursuline sister. The former educator, administrator and pastoral minister died Monday, January 21, in the Ursuline Saint Angela Center after a brief illness. She was 81

Margaret Ann Kelley was born December 29, 1931, in Cleveland, the only daughter and youngest of four children born to John and Ellen (Hayes) Kelley. Following her graduation from Beaumont School she entered the Ursuline Sisters from St. Cecilia Parish September 8, 1949. She professed final vows August 8, 1955. She earned undergraduate and graduate degrees in education from the old St. John College.

Sister Margaret Ann began her ministry career as an elementary school teacher at Holy Cross School (Euclid), and followed with tenures at St. Mary (Mentor), St. Jerome (Cleveland), and St. Ann (Cleveland Heights) before returning to Holy Cross. In 1966 she was assigned to St. Philomena School (East Cleveland) as teacher and assistant principal. Within three years she was named principal and was faced with the task of merging the school with neighboring Christ the King. She often cited that experience, difficult as it was, as one of her proudest and best moments as a principal. She and Christ the King principal Sister Caroline Clines designed the merger plan together and involved parents in executing a smooth and successful transition. It was hailed by many as a model process.

Following the St. Philomena experience, Sister Margaret Ann returned to St. Ann School, this time as principal. In 1982 she embarked on what was to be a15-year tenure at Beaumont School where she served first as assistant principal, then principal, and finally as president. As president in the early 90’s with the school facing a looming deficit she helped galvanize support to stabilize finances and enrollment. That corps of dedicated lay partners became a team of lifelong friends. It was also during her tenure that the dream of a track and athletic field became a reality.

Her “major work” behind her, but still not ready to retire, Sister Margaret Ann rounded out her career with part-time pastoral ministry positions at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, and later at Our Lady of Peace Parish, Cleveland, where she served until illness struck in the fall.

If ministry gave meaning to her life, it was relationships that animated her heart. Sister Margaret Ann was most grateful for the treasures she found in her family and friends, and in being an Ursuline sister. She counted herself wealthy beyond measure. She was a faith-filled religious, a dedicated educator and leader, and a loving sister, aunt and friend.

Sister Margaret Ann is survived by a brother, Jack (wife Shirley) in California, sisters-in-law, Ann and Carol, and many nieces and nephews.

Donations in her name may be made to the Ursuline Sisters.

Services for Sister Margaret Ann

Wake: 3:00-6:45 PM Friday, January 25
Funeral Mass: 7:00 PM Friday, January 25
Chapel of the Most Holy Trinity
Ursuline Educational Center/Motherhouse
Burial: 9:30 AM Saturday, January 26
Saint Angela Center Chapel

 

 

 

 

Sister Margaret Marie, dedicated educator, ‘foundation of faith’

A commemorative stone in the Ursuline Saint Angela Garden salutes the Mathews sisters, Sisters Margaret Marie and Mary Thecla, as “great aunts who have given us our rock solid Catholic foundation.” The enduring character of that foundation looms even more important today, with the death of the second Mathews Sister-sister and the last of the Mathews siblings.  Sister Margaret Marie, a 44-year veteran of elementary education, died November 3 in the Saint Angela Center where she had lived since 2005. She was 95. She marked her 75th anniversary as an Ursuline in July.

The former Marie Mathews was born December 31, 1916, one of eight children born to Emmet and Margaret Mathews. Following in the footsteps of older sister Bernice (Sister Mary Thecla), Marie joined the Ursulines from St. Patrick Parish (Bridge Ave.) January 6, 1937, and professed final vows in 1942. The Ursuline Academy graduate earned a bachelor's degree from the old St. John College.

Through her teaching career Sister Margaret Marie taught all elementary grades with the lone exception of grade one. Her assignments included St. Malachi, St. Column kills and St. Patrick schools, all in Cleveland; Immaculate Conception (Willoughby), St. Francis de Sales (Parma), St. Timothy and St. Therese schools in Garfield Heights, and St. Clare School (Lyndhurst). Her retirement from teaching opened the door to a second career – spanning 22 years -- in library service, first at Ursuline College, then in the Ursuline community library at the motherhouse.

In retirement Sisters Margaret Marie and Mary Thecla were inseparable. With adjoining rooms in the St. Angela Center, each was attentive to the other’s needs. When Sister Mary Thecla was ill Sister Margaret Marie was a loving supporter and caregiver. Sister Mary Thecla's death in April 2009 was a blow to the younger sister. Six months later Sister Margaret Marie suffered a stroke. Though never returning to her previous level of involvement, she continued to inspire sisters and staff with her patience, her ready smile and distinctive chuckle. 

Sister Margaret Marie will be remembered for her love of God, and for her devotion to family and community. She was a faith-filled religious woman, dedicated educator, loving sister, aunt and friend and, to her surviving nieces and nephews, the source of their faith foundation.

 Donations in her name may be made to the Ursuline Sisters.

 Services for Sister Margaret Marie 
              Wake:          3:00-6:45 PM Tuesday, November 6
Funeral Mass:          7:00 PM Tuesday, November 6
                                    Chapel of the Most Holy Trinity
                                    Ursuline Educational Center/Motherhouse
             Burial:          9:30 AM Wednesday, November 7
                                    
Saint Angela Center Chapel

Sister Mary Zagorc
Educator and Minister to the Sick

Sister Mary Zagorc (formerly Sister Mary of the Cross) taught 38 years in elementary schools throughout the diocese before taking up ministry to the elderly, ill and homebound of St. Charles Parish in Parma and later to her own hospitalized and infirm Ursuline Sisters of the Ursuline Educational Center. Sister Mary died March 25 in the Saint Angela Center. She was 84.

The former Dolores Zagorc, daughter of Martin and Frances Zagorc, grew up in the Collinwood area, attended Villa Angela Academy, and joined the Ursulines from St. Mary Parish September 26, 1946. She professed final vows in 1952, and earned her undergraduate degree at St. John College.

Sister Mary began her teaching career at her home parish school, then served at numerous schools, including St. Francis de Sales, Parma; St. Philomena and Christ the King in East Cleveland; St. Joseph and St. Jerome in Cleveland; St. Therese, Garfield Heights, and St. Patrick-St. Malachi and Urban Community on the city’s near West Side. In 1986 she accepted a position as pastoral minister to the elderly of St. Charles Borromeo Parish in Parma. In 1992 Sister Mary retired to the motherhouse, where she served as assistant to the house coordinator and assumed responsibility for visiting the infirm and hospitalized sisters. Since 2008 Sister Mary has served in the ministry of prayer and service.

She was devoted to her family and faithfully visited an infirm sister each weekend until recently when her own health deteriorated.

Sister Mary will be remembered for her great faith, her compassion for the sick and suffering, and her loyalty to family and friends.

She is survived by brothers Edward, Rev. Frank, CSC., Thomas, and Dennis, and sisters Mercedes Nemec, Marian, and Clare Bazzichi.

Donations in her name may be made to the Ministry Fund of the Ursuline Sisters.


 


Sister Mary  Florence Burkart 
Model of Fidelity, Professionalism

Sister M. Florence, a soft-spoken woman with an unassuming demeanor, routinely shunned the spotlight, preferring to serve quietly and capably in supporting roles within the congregation and at Ursuline College. The former secretary died as she lived, slipping away silently and almost imperceptibly, on February 5 in the Saint Angela Center, her home since 2007. She was 90.

The former Eileen Burkart was born February 20, 1921, to Carl and Esther Burkart. The Ursuline Academy of the Sacred Heart graduate entered the Ursuline congregation from Saint Philomena Parish February 2, 1944, and professed final vows in August 1949. She attended Ursuline College and the former Sisters College of Cleveland.
Sister Florence ministered 30 years at Ursuline College, first as secretary to the Dean on the former Overlook campus, later as secretary to the President at its present Pepper Pike location. In 1976 she began her 16-year tenure as secretary to the congregation’s General Superior and Council who found in her a capable and trustworthy professional. Even after retiring in 1997, Sister Florence continued to minister in community service and in the apostolate of prayer. Despite hearing loss and failing eyesight, Sister Florence participated in Saint Angela Center activities and maintained interest in community life.
Sister Florence will be remembered for her goodness and gentleness and for her heartfelt gratitude for each kindness extended her. She was a faith-filled religious, a hard-working colleague, and a loyal friend and cousin.

Donations in her name can be made to the Ursuline Sisters. To make a secure donation on line CLICK HERE.

 

 

Sister Anna Margaret Gilbride (formerly Sister James Francis) shaped the lives of countless individuals entrusted to her care. As a teacher in elementary school and at Ursuline College, and in formation ministry within the congregation, she helped form minds, spirits, and characters. The much beloved educator and community member died January 16 in the Ursuline Saint Angela Center after suffering a stroke. She had lived in the Center since December. She was 85.

The last of seven children born to James and Catherine Gilbride, Sister Anna Margaret was a native Clevelander. The Ursuline Academy of the Sacred Heart graduate joined the Ursulines from St. Catharine Parish in 1945, following in the footsteps of her sister Catharine (formerly Sister Margaret Mary) who entered in 1942. As Sister James Francis she professed final vows in 1950. She earned her undergraduate degree from the old St. John College, a master’s from the University of Notre Dame, and a doctorate in Educational Administration from Kent State University.

 She began her ministry career as a primary teacher, serving at Holy Cross, St. Paul, and St. Robert Bellarmine schools in Euclid, and St. Jerome and St. Catharine schools in Cleveland. She worked with sisters in formation for 11 years, first as assistant novice director, then as director, before being assigned to Ursuline College in 1971. Her 40-year tenure there included stints as teacher, administrator, and assistant to the president. Even when elected to a four-year term in congregational leadership, she maintained her position as the college’s Vice President of Student Affairs.

 In June Sister Anna Margaret completed a 16-year-project, writing the history of the college. The volume will be published once photo selections are finalized, a fitting tribute both to the author and to the institution she loved.

 Sister Anna Margaret likely inspired many vocations. And those who experienced her kindness in the formation program suggest that she saved even more. Ever the gentle and light-hearted mentor, Sister Anna Margaret cheered and consoled many a struggling novice. She also helped foster a deeper interest in and study of Ursuline founder Saint Angela Merici and her charism.

 Sister Anna Margaret will be remembered for her gentle and gracious spirit, her ready laughter, and her love of the community. She was a faith-filled woman, a committed religious, a dedicated educator and colleague, a loving aunt and loyal friend.

 Sister Anna Margaret is survived by nieces and nephews.

 

Sr. Mary Antoine
Beloved Teacher and Minister of Prayer

Sister Mary Antoine was a high school math and science teacher for 31 years, before returning to the motherhouse to oversee the community’s sewing operation, a ministry which afforded her time and space for the contemplative prayer she loved. The beloved educator and minister of prayer died November 27 in the Ursuline Saint Angela Center where she had resided since 2006. She was 84.
The former Mildred Brozovic was born January 23, 1927, in Canton, Ohio, to George and Margaret Brozovic. A graduate of Mount Marie High School in Canton, she joined the Ursulines from St. Joseph Parish, Canton, September 8, 1947, and professed final vows August 23, 1953. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Ursuline College and a master’s from the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana.
Sister Mary Antoine taught two years at the elementary level — at St. Joseph School, Collinwood, and Our Lady of Peace, Cleveland — before beginning her high school tenure which included assignments at Villa Angela Academy, Ursuline-Sacred Heart Academy and Beaumont School. In 1981 she retired from classroom teaching and moved to the motherhouse to assume responsibility for the sewing operations, a ministry in which she served 25 years. Through the years she also tutored students needing assistance in math.
Contemplative by nature, Sister Mary Antoine enjoyed a solitary life, but happily joined with SAC sisters for prayer and other spiritual programs. She welcomed visitors, especially family and Saint Angela Center sisters and staff. She was a faithful and reliable source of prayer support for any and all in need. And she was an avid crafter, crocheting baby items and afghans by request, for charity, and for sale in the community gift shop.
Sister Mary Antoine will be remembered for her gentle and prayerful spirit and her quiet, contemplative way. She was a faith-filled woman, a dedicated teacher and minister of prayer/service, a loving sister and a loyal friend.
Sister Mary Antoine is survived by brothers Robert and Joseph Brozovic, nieces, nephews and cousins.
Donations in her name may be made to the Ministry Fund of the Ursuline Sisters.

 

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Sister Mary Claire Walton (formerly Sister Mercedes) taught at the elementary and secondary levels for 44 years before transitioning into ministry to the elderly at St. Jerome Parish. She continued her giving ways as a resident of the Saint Angela Center, visiting and praying with infirm sisters, writing to death row inmates, and even assisting a staff member in preparing for her citizenship test. The beloved teacher and kind-hearted minister died October 5 in the Saint Angela Center where she had resided since 2007. She was 91.

The former Henrietta Walton was born in Cleveland on February 23, 1920, to George and Henrietta Walton. A graduate of Ursuline Academy of the Sacred Heart in East Cleveland, she joined the Ursulines from St. Ann Parish February 11, 1940, and professed final vows August 25, 1945. She earned her undergraduate degree at Ursuline College and a master’s from John Carroll University.

As Sister Mercedes she began her teaching career at the elementary level at the old Holy Trinity School and then spent 10 years at St. Ann School, Cleveland Heights. She served 33 years at the secondary level, alternating tenures at Sacred Heart Academy, Beaumont School, and Villa Angela Academy where she served 22 years. Her last formal ministry was to the elderly of St. Jerome Parish, which spanned 18 years.

In 2000, at the age of 80, Sister Mary Claire joined a group of Cleveland Ursulines in traveling to El Salvador to mark the 20th anniversary of the death of Sister Dorothy Kazel.

Despite advancing years and health concerns Sister Mary Claire remained active in community life almost to the end. She was a long time member of the Marie of the Incarnation study group and of the Ursuline Associate program. Wherever people gathered, Sister Mary Claire gathered with them, always extending warmth and welcome and hospitality. She celebrated her 70th jubilee in April 2010.

Sister Mary Claire will be remembered for her gentle and joyful spirit, her eagerness to serve, and her love of walking. She was a faith-filled woman, a committed religious, a dedicated teacher and minister, a loving sister and loyal friend.

Sister Mary Claire is survived by nieces and nephews and a sister-in-law.

Donations in her name may be made to the Ministry Fund of the Ursuline Sisters.

Sister M. Angelita, OSU
President, Ursuline Sisters
2004 – 2011

Sister M. Angelita Zawada ministered in elementary education as a teacher and principal for 31 years before being elected to leadership in the Ursuline congregation in 1996. After eight years as a General Councilor, she was elected President in 2004 and re-elected in 2008 to a second term extending to June 2012. Sister Angelita, a decisive and compassionate leader, was unable to complete her term. She died September 15 in the Ursulines’ Saint Angela Center from complications of non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma diagnosed in June. She was 68.

Linda Zawada was born February 6, 1943, the oldest of three and the only daughter of Walter and Anne Zawada. The St. Joseph Academy graduate entered the Ursuline congregation from Saint Francis de Sales Parish, Parma, September 8, 1960, and was given the religious name Angelita or “little Angela,” a name she bore proudly as a daughter of her patron Saint Angela Merici, founder of the Ursulines. Sister Angelita professed final vows in August 1968. She celebrated 50 years as an Ursuline this past August.

Sister Angelita earned undergraduate and graduate degrees in education and administration from St. John College. She engaged in further study at the University of Dayton, Baldwin Wallace, and Ursuline College.

Her ministry career included teaching tenures at St. Paul School (Euclid) and St. Mary Magdalene School (Willowick). She served as principal at Our Lady of Peace (Cleveland), St. Therese (Garfield Heights), and St. Charles Borromeo (Parma) schools. Throughout the years she lent her time and expertise in board service at Padua Franciscan High School and at Benedictine High School. As President of the congregation she also served on the boards of Ursuline College, Beaumont School and Urban Community School, all Ursuline-sponsored institutions.

During her tenure in leadership Sister Angelita founded the Ursuline Institute of Learning, a tutoring ministry centered at the Ursuline Educational Center with multiple satellite sites. In 2009, under her leadership, the congregation embarked on an integrative planning process to direct the Ursulines into the future.

Sister Angelita is survived by her brothers Gerald (wife, Geri) and Charles, nieces, nephews-in-law and grand nieces and nephews.

Sister Angelita will be remembered for her love of community, her kindness and exuberance, and her never-wavering hope and optimism. She was a faith-filled woman, a tireless and committed leader, a dedicated educator, and a beloved sister, friend and family member.

Donations in her memory can be made to the Ministry Fund of the Ursuline Sisters.


  Sister Francis Regis Mueller
,
  Life-long Educator and Friend

  
Sister Francis Regis spent her entire ministry career as a teacher in elementary schools throughout the diocese, and in retirement continued to tutor in the Ursuline Institute of Learning. In a recent interview for the Ursulines’ Annual Report, she noted that if it had been up to her, she would still be in the classroom. The 92-year-old educator died January 2 in the Ursuline Saint Angela Center where she had lived since September 2009.

The former Marie Mueller was born August 8, 1918 in Cleveland to John and Francis Mueller. She joined the Ursulines from the old St. Mary Parish (Carroll Ave.) in February 1939 and professed final vows in 1944. The Villa Angela Academy graduate earned undergraduate and graduate degrees from the old St. John College.

Sister Francis Regis’ teaching career included tenures at Immaculate Conception (Cleveland), St. Jerome, St. Mary Magdalene, St. Patrick (Bridge Ave.), St. Malachi, Our Lady of Peace, St. Clare, Holy Cross, St. Joseph (Avon Lake) and St. Mary (Collinwood) schools. Her final assignment before retiring at the motherhouse was St. Paul School in Euclid, where she served 23 years teaching and tutoring. Upon moving to the motherhouse she joined the tutoring corps in the Institute of Learning. She also assisted the Development Office with acknowledgement phone calls.

She is survived by several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother, Rev. John Mueller, S.M., and a sister, Jane Herman.

Sister Francis Regis will be remembered for her zest for living, her youthful spirit and her ready laugh. She was an outstanding and dedicated educator, a loyal friend, and a loving aunt and cousin.  Funeral services for Sister Francis Regis were held at the Ursuline Motherhouse on January 6.

Donations in her name can be made to the Ursuline Ministry Fund.

  Sister Jeanne Marie Dubbs,
  beloved educator, eldest Ursuline

 

 

 

Generations of students developed their musical talents under the expert tutelage of Sister Jeanne Marie Dubbs at the elementary, secondary and college levels. Throughout the years,   many of those students stayed in touch with their mentor, frequently recalling cherished memories and offering thanks for her guidance and inspiration. The much beloved music educator and oldest community member died November 9 in the Saint Angela Center, with two nieces and Ursuline sisters at her side. Sister Jeanne Marie was 97.

Sister Jeanne Marie was one of six children born to James and Lucy Dubbs. She grew up in East Cleveland, attended Ursuline Academy of the Sacred Heart, entered the Ursuline community from St. Philomena Parish in 1932, and professed final vows in 1938. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Ursuline College and a master’s degree from the University of Notre Dame.

She began her education career at St. Therese School in Garfield Heights as a primary and intermediate classroom teacher before turning her concentration to music education. Her 48 years in that field included tenures at St. Charles School, Ursuline Academy of the Sacred Heart, Beaumont School, and Ursuline College. Beyond the classroom, Sister Jeanne Marie continued offering music lessons at the motherhouse, St. Aloysius School and Beaumont for 10 years.

In 1985 Sister Jeanne Marie launched a second career as a pastoral minister, serving two years at the Cleveland Clinic and eight years at Hillcrest Hospital. She then utilized her pastoral skills on behalf of her own sisters, serving with the late Sister Kenan first in the old infirmary, then for a time in the Saint Angela Center. She also assisted with the Ursuline prayer line. She moved to the Saint Angela Center in 1999.

Sister Jeanne Marie will be remembered for her gentle and joyful spirit, her love of music and rousing rendition of the Notre Dame Fight Song which she continued to perform until a few months ago. She was a faith-filled and compassionate woman, a committed religious, accomplished musician, and loyal friend.

Sister Jeanne Marie is survived by nieces and nephews.

Donations in her name may be made to the Ministry Fund of the Ursuline Sisters.