In Memoriam

May they experience the fullness of life in Christ. . .
Profiles of the Sisters of Notre Dame who entered into eternal life during 2012 and 2013.

Sr. Mary Joan Furlong

July 22, 2018

Sister Mary Joan Furlong, 84, formerly known as Sister Mary Joan Frances, died on July 22, 2018, at the Ursuline Center, Toledo. Sister Joan entered the Sisters of Notre Dame in February, 1952, following her older sisters Sister Mary Leo and Sister Mary Beatrice Ann, who entered the community earlier.

Born Eleanor Frances on May 25, 1934, in Bellevue, Ohio, she was the fifth child of the six children of Leo Patrick and Catherine Beatrice (O’Donnell) Furlong. Sister became an Aspirant with the Sisters of Notre Dame while a student at Notre Dame Academy. She received two degrees in education from Mary Manse College and principal certification from Ball State University and the University of Dayton.

Sister began her highly effective teaching career as a first-grade teacher in diocesan elementary schools: Fremont, St. Joseph; Fostoria, St. Wendelin; Monroeville, St. Joseph; Napoleon, St. Augustine; Toledo, Christ the King and St. Michael. For 28 years she was principal at St. Joseph, Maumee; St. Mary, Muncie, IN; Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Carmel, IN; St. John Elementary School, Delphos, OH; and St. Anthony, Temperance, MI. Sister Joan also spent one year in the Catholic Youth and School Services office of the Toledo Diocese. Retiring from education, Sister used her gift of accuracy as finance assistant for the Sisters of Notre Dame from 2003-2010 and other community service for six years before becoming a resident of the Ursuline Center in September 2016.

Preceding her in death are her sisters Sister Mary Leo and Ann Marie Friend and her brother James. Surviving are her sister Sister Mary Beatrice Ann and brother Lawrence Patrick, who is an associate of the Sisters of Notre Dame.

 

 

Sr. Mary Bernarda Sullivan

February 11, 2018

On the morning of February 11 at the Ursuline Center on Indian Road, Sister Mary Bernarda Sullivan gave back to God her life of 97 years. Born Rita Ann, she was the youngest of nine children born to Charles and Mary Ann (Schoen) Sullivan. Preceding her in death were her parents and all her siblings: Bernard, Reverend Charles Sullivan, S.J., Arthur, Jerome, Donald, Roger, Joseph, and her sister Sister Mary Theophane, S.N.D.

Rita grew up in Toledo, Ohio, where she attended St. Ann School and Notre Dame Grade School and Notre Dame Academy. She began her formal training as a Sister of Notre Dame in September 1938. The following year she was invested in the habit of the Sisters of Notre Dame and received the name of Sister Mary Bernarda.

With degrees in Education and English from Mary Manse, Toledo, and the University of Detroit, Sister Bernarda was a highly effective educator whether as a teacher or principal in the elementary schools of St. Joseph, Fremont; St. Mary, Leipsic; St. Joseph, Maumee; St. Paul and St. Mary, Norwalk; St. Mary, Sandusky; Sacred Heart, Holy Rosary, and Christ the King, Toledo; and as a secondary teacher at Central Catholic, Toledo; St. John, Delphos; and Notre Dame Academy, Toledo. Through her 51 years of teaching and eight years as a librarian, Sister was well liked by her students, especially the boys whose football and basketball games she faithfully attended.

The oldest Sister of Notre Dame in the Toledo Province, Sister was in her 77th year of religious profession. Retiring from active ministry in 2006 Sister helped at the finance office at NDA. An avid reader interested in events, Sister was a good conversationalist throughout much of her retirement. She is survived by many nieces and nephews and the Sisters of Notre Dame in the Toledo Province.

 

Sr. Mary Audrey Kreuz

November 6, 2017

In the morning of Monday, November 6, Sister Mary Audrey Kreuz completed her earthly journey, having spent her last weeks at the Ursuline Center, Toledo. Formerly known as Sister Mary Leona, Sister Mary Audrey, 87, was born on May 11, 1930, the third of eight children born to John and Leona (Langenderfer) Kreuz. Sister grew up on a farm in Swanton, Ohio, where she developed hobbies of gardening, sewing and cooking. Having attended school at Immaculate Conception Marygrove and Notre Dame Academy, Sister Audrey began her formal training as a Sister of Notre Dame in August 1948.

Obtaining her BA degree in Home Economics and Education at Mary Manse College, Sister received a master’s degree in Elementary Education at Catholic University of America. Sister spent 53 years in education as teacher and/or principal at Gesu, Christ the King, Sacred Heart, Ladyfield, St. Michael, and Rosary Cathedral in Toledo; St. Mary, Sandusky; St. Paul, Norwalk; St. Wendelin, Fostoria; St. John, Delphos; St. Anthony, Temperance MI, and Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Carmel, IN. Sister’s specialty was teaching junior high students, especially preparing them for the sacrament of Confirmation and showing interest in their activities.

Energetic, caring, and determined, she filled leadership roles on the Diocesan Pastoral Council and Toledo Diocesan Assembly. Throughout her years of semi and active retirement Sister tutored at Notre Dame Academy, Read for Literacy Program, and Women Blessing Women Program.

Despite surgeries and much pain over a number of years Sister spent herself in service to the community.

Preceding her in death besides her parents are her brother Joseph and sisters Patricia (John) Mitchell, Kathryn (Kenneth) Ringle, and Carolyn (Paul) Adams. She is survived by her brother John (Emily) and her sisters Marilyn (Carl) Bumen and Sharon (Jack) Coakley, and many nieces and nephews and the Sisters of Notre Dame in the Toledo Province.

Sr. Mary Louisa Heinl

September 30, 2017

Sister Mary Louisa (Ruth Agnes) Heinl entered eternal life on September 30, 2017.  On the last morning of September, after a long life of dedication and service, Sister Mary Louisa finally gave back to the Lord the gift he had given her ninety years ago.

Ruth was one of thirteen children born to Agnes and Bernard Heinl in a home of warmth and shared love. Born in 1927, she relished family life and shared that ease with people wherever she went. She attended St. Ann and Sts. Peter and Paul Elementary Schools with her brothers and sisters, and upon graduation joined her three older sisters at Notre Dame Academy. Ruth was impressed with the Notre Dame Sisters who were her teachers and upon graduation, chose to join them in their mission of service, primarily education. She entered the community in 1945.

As Sister Mary Louisa, she studied to be a teacher at Mary Manse College, Catholic University of America, and at St. John University, MN. Her twenty-two years of teaching in the parish schools include: St. Paul, Norwalk; St. Wendelin, Fostoria; St. Joseph and Sacred Heart, Fremont; St. Anthony, Temperance, MI; and St. Mary, Christ the King and St. Louis in Toledo. Sister also taught at Ladyfield and Notre Dame Academy in Toledo. Sister Mary Louisa spent thirty-one years as Director of Religious Education and from 1976- 1983  she worked in the Diocesan Office of Religious Education, and in that capacity she was often called on to give lectures or conduct classes. She was a leader in Christian education at St. Catherine, Portage, MI; Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Carmel, IN; St. Joseph, Fremont; St. Joseph, Maumee; St. Michael, Kalida; and St. Michael, Gibsonburg. In 2004, she retired from active ministry and moved to the Provincial Center in Toledo. Then, because of ill health, Sister Mary Louisa moved to the Ursuline Center in 2011.

Preceding her in death are her parents; brothers: Bernard, James and David, and sisters: Sister Mary Immaculee, SND (Irene), Dorothy,  Bernadine and Louise. Left to mourn her are sisters: Lucille Lukasik, Mary M. Einhart, Dolores Mack, Catherine Feck, and Carol Szurminski, stepbrothers: Harry Roberts;  Anthony and Ronald Matthews, and stepsister Helen Marie Michalek.

 

Sr. Mary Quintin Brickner

August 7, 2017

Sister Mary Quintin (Elizabeth) Brickner, age 84, went home to be with the Lord on August 7, 2017 while a resident at Rosary Care Center, Sylvania, Ohio.

Growing up on the farm gave Elizabeth Ann a healthy sense of life and a clear vision of God’s loving touch.  Born of Rose Agatha and Joseph Brickner in Fostoria, Elizabeth joined her six brothers and three sisters in the warmth and shared business of a rural household.

After one year of education at St. Wendelin’s Elementary School, the family moved to Liberty, OH where she went to a one room schoolhouse, St. Andrew’s, until her graduation from the eighth grade. During her sophomore year at Jackson High School, she decided to enter the Notre Dame Aspirant School and attended Notre Dame Academy in Toledo.

After her entrance into the convent in August of 1951, she was given the name of Sister Mary QuintIn. Sister received her BA degree from Mary Manse, Toledo, which prepared her for her long and beloved outreach in education. For sixteen years she touched the lives of children in the elementary schools of: St. Paul, Norwalk, St. Joseph, Maumee, St. John, Delphos; Sacred Heart, Fremont; St. Wendelin, Fostoria; St. Mary, Leipsic; St. Michael Ridge, Defiance; and Gesu, St. James and Christ the King in Toledo.

However, love for the missions became obvious when she volunteered to travel to Papua New Guinea and join other sisters in that far away country. She spent thirty-eight years teaching Home Economics to the girls at Notre Dame High School in Kumdi, homemaking skills to the women at Maria Qwin in Banz, and she also trained catechists for work in the schools in Goroka and Hagen. In 2002 she returned to the States and took up residence at the Provincial Center of the Sisters of Notre Dame. When her health began to fail and she needed more care, she was transferred to Rosary Care Center, Sylvania, Ohio where she died in the early morning of August 7.

Those who preceded her in death besides her parents are her sister Catherine, and her brothers: Jerome, Louis, Mark, and Joseph. Left to mourn her passing are her sisters Theresa Streacker, Findlay, Ohio and Mary Agatha Hassanein of Laguna Niguel, California; and her brothers, Albert (Dolores) in Tampa, Florida, and John (Louisa) in Tiffin, Ohio along with the Sisters of Notre Dame in the Toledo Province.

 

Sr. Mary Michel Schmitt

On April 12, 2018, Sister Mary Michel Schmitt gave back to God her life of 93 years. Born Rita Jean, she was the youngest of eleven children born to Joseph and Beatrice (Schoen) Schmitt.

Born in Sandusky, Rita grew up in Toledo and attended Blessed Sacrament School and Notre Dame Academy. She began her formal training as a Sister of Notre Dame in January 1943. Later that year she was invested in the habit of the Sisters of Notre Dame and received the name Sister Mary Michel.

With degrees in Education and Special Education from Mary Manse College and St. Louis University, Sister was a highly effective educator for 60 years as teacher and principal at St. Mary, Gesu, Ladyfield, and Mary Immaculate schools in Toledo; Sacred Heart, Fremont; St. Mary, Leipsic; St. Paul, Norwalk; St. Wendelin, Fostoria; and St. John, Delphos. In 1960 Sister Michel was the first principal and the only teacher when Mary Immaculate School began to teach children with exceptional learning styles. As principal eleven years and teacher for seven more years, Sister helped many children feel comfortable and positive about their abilities. Sister’s latest teaching assignment was her teaching and tutoring at St. John School, Delphos from 1984-2007.

Preceding her in death were her parents and her siblings, Reginald, John, Dorothy Gedert, Marjorie Kerste, Veronica Stemple, Beatrice Antener, Elizabeth King, Michael, and Robert. She is survived by one sister Mary Heferle and many nieces and nephews and the Sisters of Notre Dame in the Toledo Province.

Visitation will be at the Sisters of Notre Dame Center at 5900 Davis Road, Whitehouse, Ohio on Monday, April 16 from 3-5:00. The sharing of memories will be at 5:00, with the funeral Mass following at 7:00 p.m. Burial will be Tuesday at 9:30 in Resurrection Cemetery.

Arrangements are entrusted to the Urbanski Funeral Home, A Life Celebration Home, 5055 Secor Rd, Toledo, OH. Any tributes may be made to the Sisters of Notre Dame at 3912 Sunforest Court, Toledo, OH 43623.

Sr. Mary Joetta Sneider

Sister Mary Joetta Sneider entered into her eternal home on Monday, June 19, 2017 at Rosary Care Center in Sylvania. Sister was 89 years of age (March 31, 1928) and in her 68th year of Religious Profession (August 16, 1949). May she rest in peace and may she experience the fullness of eternal life.

“Sister Jo” left us all with a powerful message on LOVE that was written by Sr. Joetta herself.

Eulogy for Sr Mary Joetta Sneider

JoAnn was born on March 31, 1928 to Bernard and Frances (Borer) Sneider in Toledo, Ohio. A 1946 graduate of Notre Dame Academy she received degrees from Mary Manse College and the University of Dayton and attended the University of Toledo for guidance/counseling certification.

Sister became a professed Sister of Notre Dame in 1949. Her ministry assignments included 15 years as a teacher in Catholic elementary schools in Toledo, Delphos, Bellevue, Fostoria and Sandusky. The next 21 years Sister Mary Joetta was a high school mathematics teacher and guidance counselor at Catholic high schools in Norwalk, Sandusky, and Note Dame Academy. She served in the business office of the Sisters of Notre Dame for ten years and in pastoral ministry to the sick and elderly at St. Joseph, Fremont for 11 years and for two years at St. Michael, Gibsonburg.

Preceding her in death are her parents, her brothers – Bernard, James, Richard and Robert, and sisters – Mary Alice Sneider, Barbara Mackley and Catherine Nowakowski. She is survived by her sister-in-law Helen Sneider and many nieces and nephews, and the Sisters of Notre Dame in the Toledo Province.

 

Sr. Mary Leo Furlong

Sister Mary Leo Furlong, a former nursing supervisor for the Sisters of Notre Dame and a longtime area educator, died Friday, March 24th, 2017 in Rosary Care Center, Sylvania. She was 89 years of age and in her 70th year of religious profession. May she experience the fullness of eternal life.

What a wonderful gift was the life of Sister Mary Leo during these past eighty-nine years. Kathleen was born in November 1927 into the family of Catherine and Leo Furlong in Bellevue, OH. As the oldest of six children, she learned from her early years how to care for others through her interactions with her siblings. These years helped prepare her for a lifetime of looking out for others in her dual careers of teaching and nursing. She, with her brothers and sisters, attended Immaculate Conception School, Bellevue, OH and there became acquainted with the Sisters of Notre Dame. After graduating from the eighth grade, Kathleen entered the Aspirant School and attended Notre Dame Academy in Toledo. She entered the Congregation in 1945 receiving the name of Sister Mary Leonilde which was later changed to Sister Mary Leo.

Sister Mary Leo received her BA from Mary Manse College and her RN from St. Mary’s School of Nursing, Rochester, MN. In her early years she served on the faculties of the following schools as teacher and/or principal and as an organist: St. Mary, Sandusky; St. Augustine, Napoleon; Sacred Heart, Bethlehem; St. James and Ladyfield in Toledo. Having received her RN in nursing, she then became Charge Nurse for the Sisters of Notre Dame in the Toledo Province and served in that capacity for thirty years until felled by a stroke. After her recovery, she joined the sisters in St. Mary, Leipsic and assisted in Pastoral Ministry. During these latter years, her strong witness to her faith was evident as she devoted herself to community service and her gradual retirement. Sister was transferred to Rosary Care Center in 2011 where she received needed care until her death on March 24.

Preceding her in death are her parents, her brother James and her sister Ann. Left to mourn her are her brother Patrick (Kathleen) and her sisters, Sister Mary Beatrice Ann, SND and Sister Mary Joan SND, many nieces and nephews, and the Sisters of Notre Dame in the Toledo Province.

Sr. Mary Magdaleva Camp

Sister Mary Magdaleva Camp entered into her eternal rest on Saturday, March 18, 2017. Sr. Magdaleva was 96 years of age and in her 77th year of religious profession.

On the evening of March 18, Sister Mary Magdaleva completed the final lap of her earthly journey at the Ursuline Center where she had been a patient for the past seven years.

Dolores was born in Sandusky, OH in 1920  into the family of Aloysius and Mary Windau Camp the second eldest of ten children. Early in her life they moved to Monroeville, OH where she and her siblings attended St. Joseph School. After graduation from the eighth grade, she entered the SND Aspirant School in Toledo and attended Notre Dame Acacemy.

Dolores began her formal training as a Sister of Notre Dame in 1938 and made her first vows in 1940. This was also the time that she began her studies to be a teacher. Since that time she has spent herself in the service of the Church in education as a dedicated witness to her strong faith.

She attended Mary Manse College, the Catholic University of America, and Detroit University. Her thorough preparation readied her for the multiple tasks in education which she successfully  held for fifty years. These positions as teacher and/or principal, called her to: St. Wendelin, Fostoria; St. Michael Ridge; St. Augustine, Napoleon; St, Mary, Leipsic; St. John, Delphos; St. Joseph, Fremont; St. Mary, Sandusky; St. Joseph, Monroeville; Immaculate Conception, Bellevue;  Lial, Whitehouse; St. Joseph, Erie, MI; and Christ the King, Sacred Heart, St. James and Mary Immaculate Schools in Toledo.

In 1994, she began a new chapter in her life when she became involved in community service and as a nurse’s aide in the Health Care Center at the Provincial Center. In 2010 she retired to the Ursuline Center. Throughout these years of semi and active retirement, Sister Mary Magdaleva, very adept in crocheting and needlework, created lovely items for friends, needy persons and parish festivals.

Preceding her in death are her parents and brothers: Kenneth, Harold and Robert; sisters: Margaret, Marilyn, Ruth and Theresa. Left to mourn her are her brother, Rev. Alfred Camp, Mississippi; and her sister, Sister Ethel Mary, SND, many nieces and nephews and her Notre Dame sisters of the Toledo Province.

 

 

 

 

 

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