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Remembering Sister Julian Eymard

Posted July 05, 2019 in Obituaries

Sister Julian Eymard spent most of her 70 years in the Ursuline community as a nurse caring for the needs of her sisters. With a direct, yet compassionate manner, she guided many through the anxieties of illness and the intricacies of recovery. The highly respected confidante and woman of faith died July 4 at Regina Health Center in Richfield where she had lived for a few weeks after being admitted for hospice care. She was 89, and was to have marked her 70 anniversary in August. 

Mary Anne Swartzmiller was born April 29, 1930, in Cleveland, the oldest of four daughters born to John and Anne (Henderson) Swartzmiller. The Villa Angela Academy graduate entered the Ursulines September 8, 1948 from St. Christine Parish, Euclid, and professed final vows in 1954. 

After a brief tenure in classroom teaching at St. Joseph (Collinwood) and St. Jerome schools, Sister Julian Eymard enrolled in nursing studies, first at Marymount Hospital, then at St. Vincent Charity Hospital and, finally, at St. John College where she earned her nursing degree in 1960.   

She utilized her nursing skills primarily within the congregation, coordinating health care services for the sisters and assisting the sick and infirm at the motherhouse. She was a wellspring of support and advice and a trusted and caring professional for many, especially the timid and fearful. Sister Julian Eymard also worked a number of years at Marymount Hospital. For the past seven years, while in residence at the motherhouse and in the new Merici Crossings, she engaged in the ministry of prayer. 

Sister Julian Eymard will be remembered for her tireless service to her sisters in community and her devotion to her family. She was a committed and faith-filled religious, a dedicated health care professional, a loving sister and aunt, and a loyal friend.  

She was preceded in death by her parents, and is survived by sisters Catherine Harwood, Mildred Vojtush and Nancy (Ted) Grabowski, and nieces and nephews. 

Donations in Sister Julian Eymard’s name may be made to the Ursuline Sisters.  

Services for Sister Julian Eymard will be held in the chapel at Regina Health Center, 5232 Broadview Rd., Richfield, OH.

Wake: 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, July 9

Funeral Mass: 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, July 9

Burial: All Souls Cemetery