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.