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.

In Memory of Sister Michel Schmitt, S.N.D.

Sister Mary Michel Schmitt, S.N.D.

On April 12, 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

Sister 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.


In Memory…

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. She entered the SND Aspirant School in Toledo following her graduation from eight grade and attended Notre Dame Acacemy. From there, she 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.



mjfboesSr. Mary Jean Francis Boes beloved missionary for 35 years, died on December 3, 2016, where the flag of Papua New Guinea (PNG) graced the nearby wall. She loved her work among the people of Papua New Guinea, she respected their culture and walked among them as she witnessed to the love and teachings of Jesus in this island country. While in PNG she spent 17 years in the teaching and 18 years as secretary to the Archbishop in Hagan. Prior to her ministry in PNG she taught in the Toledo Diocese for 22 years. In 2015 she celebrate her 65th Jubilee as a Sister of Notre Dame.


Sr. Mary Elisbeth Ruffing entered into her eternal rest on Wednesday, September 21, 2016. Sister Mary Elisbeth was 82 years old and in her 63rdruffinge year of religious profession.  She entered Notre Dame Academy as an Aspirant during her junior year.

Most of her career was spent teaching high school English. In 1987 she changed her path and became a pastoral minister for parishes in Lima,
Tiffin and Toledo.


Sr. JoAnn Maria Torti died on  August 31, 2015 at the age of 83. She was also known as Sr. Mary Joseph Therese. She celebrated her 60th Jubilee in 2014.

She served as a teacher or principal at Immaculate Conception in Bellevue and St. Wendelin in Fostoria, Ohio; and St. Ann, St. James, St. Mary and Ladyfield schools, Central Catholic High School and Notre Dame Academy in Toledo. She was also an instructor at the Toledo branch of Notre Dame College of Ohio.

After leaving full-time classroom teaching she taught English as a second language and helped immigrants with legal documentation. She was a certified representative of the U.S. Justice Department’s bureau of immigration appeal. She was devoted to family and work-related immigration issues, and helped young people who were brought to the U.S. as children follow procedures to avoid deportation.


Dale out

Sr. Mary Dale Burgard,  returned to God on August 21, 2015. She was born on August 29, 1939 and celebrated her 50th Jubilee in 2009.

As she planned to enter high school her sister, Sr. Mary Ross, invited her to consider becoming an Aspirant of Notre Dame. Sensing that God might be calling her in a different direction, she entered the Aspirant School, attending Notre Dame Academy and entered the novitiate upon graduation. Eventually her sisters Annette (Sr. Mary Marc) and Christine (Sr. Mary Kent) would join Sr. Mary Ross and Sr. Mary Dale in Notre Dame.

Sr. Mary Dale excelled as a teacher of little children. Beginning teachers eager to succeed in their chosen profession likewise benefitted from this master teacher, learning from Sr. Mary Dale not only teaching methods but also the importance of reverence for the child given to their care.

She experienced failing health in recent years, yet continued to help in the library and tutored children with learning difficulties at St. Joseph School in Erie, Michigan, until last spring.

Sr. Mary Andrendita Grimesey died  June 25, 2015.

Sister joined the SND in 1952 and began her  role as a teacher. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Education from Mary Manse College in Toledo and taGrimesayught for 48 years in the Toledo Diocese. She worked with the children she loved in the following schools: St. Mary, Leipsic; St. Joseph, Fremont; St. Mary, Sandusky; Sacred Heart, Bethlehem; St. John, Delphos; St. Ann, St. James, Christ the King and Mary Immaculate in Toledo. In 2008 she retired to the Provincial Center where she was active in community service.

Sr. Mary Virginia Wenninger died May 4, 2015,  at the age of 97. She had celebrated 75 years as a Sister of Notre Dame in 2014.

Sr.Virginia2Sr. Virginia was an elementary school teacher at several schools in the Toledo Diocese; Sacred Heart, St. Michael, and Ladyfield in Toledo; St. Joseph, Monroeville; St. Michael, St. Michael Ridge; St. Mary, Sandusky; Immaculate Conception, Bellevue; St. Mary, Leipsic; St. Mary, Norwalk; Immaculate Conception, Marygrove; and St. John the Evangelist, Delphos.  She was also a missionary to Papua New Guinea from 1972 to 1999 serving as teacher and pastoral minister.

Sr. Mary Joletta Boellner,  died March 14, 2015. She was 79. She would have celebrated her 60th year as a Sister of Notre Dame in June.

She was a primary teacher  at elementary schools for 53 years and was always drawn to helping children with disabilities and special needs. She taught at St. Wendelin, Fostoria; St. Mary, Leipsic; Immaculate Conception, Marygrove; St. MarBoellner,Jy, Norwalk; St. John, Delphos; St. Augustine, Napoleon; St. Michael, Defiance; St. Joseph, Fremont, and Christ the King, St. Mary, Gesu, St. James, St. Michael, Holy Rosary, and Mary Immaculate Schools in Toledo. She retired from teaching in 2009.  Sr. Joletta also started a support group for developmentally disabled people called the Faith and Light Community. People who attended the group’s meetings joined in discussions about Bible stories and sang hymns.

Sister Mary Alan Miller died February 21, 2015, in Sandusky, OH. She grew up in Norwalk moved to Toledo to attend Notre Dame Academy as an aspirant. She  entered thA_Millere Sisters of Notre Dame in 1963.

Sister taught at St. John, Delphos and was principal at St. Mary, Toledo for two years. She was then a teacher for six years at Mary Immaculate School, Toledo, before she became the principal there for 31 years. Children with special needs w
ere the passion of her career. Her constancy in caring and reaching out to them marked her as a deeply dedicated teacher and mentor for other teachers.

Residing in Sandusky for the past five years, she was involved as a volunteer at Hospice, visited the sick, and tutored children.


Russell,SrMJaneneSr. Mary Janene Russell entered into eternal life at the age of 85 on January 10, 2015. She attended Notre Dame Academy in Toledo and joined the community of the Sisters of Notre Dame in 1947.

Sr. Mary Janene spent the first 16 years of her career in elementary schools of the Diocese of Toledo and taught in high school for 26 years. She served on the faculties of St. Wendelin, Fostoria; St. Joseph, Fremont; St. Mary Norwalk and St. Paul, Norwalk; St. John, Delphos; St. Mary, Sandusky; and Sacred Heart, Ladyfield and Notre Dame Academy in Toledo.

She retired from teaching in 1991, and assisted in the Medical Insurance Office for the Sisters of Notre Dame for 14 years and later volunteered at St. Anne Hospital and for the Read for Literacy Program.


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