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S. Rosemary Clare Eagan
“Rosemary is the sister of my long-time mentor, S. Michael Mary Eagan. On an early trip to the Motherhouse I visited and introduced myself. She was extremely gracious then and on each subsequent visit. Her welcoming spirit and amazing sense of humor always brightened my visit.” ~ Associate Lee Hemminger

“S. Martin Mary [Rosemary] Eagan was working as a social worker/case manager at Santa Maria Community Services’ St. Michael’s office in 1984 when I first came to work at Santa Maria. I was a very ‘green’ social worker, and I remember her kind demeanor and caring attitude toward those we served. I’m thankful that I was able to know and work with her for my early years at Santa Maria.” ~ H.A. Musser, president/CEO Santa Maria Community Services

“I’ve been involved with Santa Maria Community Services since I arrived back from the West. The staff at SMCS would ask me about S. Rosemary Eagan having deep respect for her and her Social Service outreach to clients during the 1970s and early 1980s. A few years ago, in showing a PowerPoint presentation regarding SMCS, S. Rosemary was present, and had a radiant glow upon her face. She said she remembered well her years of service there, and loved the name Santa Maria. Now she has a ‘radiant glow’, no doubt, in fullness of union with God!” ~ S. Patmarie Bernard

“I always called Rosemary, ‘Ross.’ She went to school at St. Mary’s many years ago with my sister, ‘Chick.’ When I entered the Community ‘Chick’ told me about all the different gals she knew who had entered the Sisters of Charity—so from the time I met Rosemary she was ‘Ross.’ Years later when my brother Dave was the director of Santa Maria Community Services, ‘Ross’ was a social worker there. Dave told me that ‘Ross’ was the best social worker he had the privilege to work with and Dave was himself a social worker. Every time I met up with her after that I would always remind her of what Dave said and she would just grin and say thanks and ask about ‘Chick,’ and always ask me to remember her to them. Thanks, ‘Ross,’ for taking such good care of God’s poor!” ~ S. Cookie Crowley

“Rosemary and my brother, Mark, were both in the eighth grade together at St. Matthew’s in Norwood. The janitor Mr. Schuler would write the class prophecy for each graduating class. For Rosemary and Mark’s class, he prophesized that Rosemary and Mark would marry, live on a farm and have many children. Well, what do you know! Rosemary became a very good Sister of Charity and my brother Mark a very good priest. I don’t know what Mr. Schuler saw, but he was right. They were both very loving people.” ~ S. Grace Ann Gratsch

“S. Rosemary and I became good friends when she was working at Santa Maria at St. Michael’s in Lower Price Hill. We commuted together; I would drop her off on my way to Winton Terrace Adult Education. We shared many good laughs about the happenings of the day. Rosemary had a good sense of humor that helped her be so successful in social work and in life. Enjoy the eternal love and peace of God—we miss you!” ~ S. Julia Deiters      

“When I entered the Community, Rosemary was the Novice at the head of our table in the dining room. She was a gentle presence, helping us lively teenagers learn the rules of silence and decorum. Again, as our dorm angel, she was an understanding Novice towards some who found it difficult to quickly become model postulants during Sacred Silence.” ~ S. Victoria Marie Forde

S. Rose Martin Morand
“I was surprised to receive a Facebook ‘friend’ request from a ‘Martie Morand’ some years ago. Only after checking out her page did I discover it was S. Rose Martin, ‘AKA (Also Known As) Martie Morand’. Forever after I called her ‘AKA Martie’ and I have so enjoyed the ways we have deepened our Sister-connection by sharing ‘virtual community’ across the miles on Facebook. From her surprising and spontaneous ‘I think I'll be a nun’ decision we can see how the pattern repeated in her life of service. AKA Martie, thank you!” ~ S. Janet Gildea

“I worked with S. Rose Martin at St. Joseph Orphanage when I returned from the Peace Corps. She is the one who invited me to attend Process 74 and meet the Sisters of Charity. She has been a mentor for many years and I will always be grateful to her for introducing me to the SCs.” ~ S. Caroljean Willie

“I got to know Rose Martin when we both attended a retreat/workshop at River'’ Edge in Cleveland and then as tablemates during one of our Chapters. I marveled at how much she was involved and committed to justice and reaching out in compassion. She has been and continues to be an inspiration to me.” ~ S. Margaret Mach

“After I retired I met Rose at St. Charles in Kettering. She encouraged me to join the McDonald’s coffee group and a Disciples in Mission group. Through her I met many wonderful friends and enjoyed good discussions. Sometimes she would call to see if I had any plans and we found many places to go, like the lavender farm. What adventures we had.” ~ S. Mary Alice Stein
“Rose Martin was our assistant postulant director back in 1966-’67 - a time of great change and upset. She always used to say, in later years, that she didn’t think she had done enough for us, but her smile and good nature was really all she needed to do and be. Much later, when I was living with the Daughters of Charity in Indianapolis, she came through on her way to visit relatives out West, and on her way back (by train) she fell and broke several ribs. I met her as she was taken off the train in Indianapolis and drove her to St. Vincent Hospital. She stayed with us several weeks after she got out of the hospital and was recuperating. It was so neat to catch up with her on what she was doing. How truly inspiring and so like her to be still ministering to the poor and marginalized up until the day she died!” ~ S. Pat Wittberg
“For our three recent canonical novitiates’ reflection on our Congregational virtues, Rose Martin shared her experience of the Peace Circles of Women in prison. She wanted us to know the gift these women are to her, how much she received being with them and learning from them. For her, this was a deep experience of God’s presence. Through Rose Martin’s presence, sharing, willingness to drive from Dayton, we were all graced. I know in her death Rose Martin fell more deeply into the arms of this living God she experienced daily.” ~ S. Donna Steffen

“Rose Martin (AKA Marty) is a Band member and friend. When I moved to the Motherhouse Rose gave me an African violet. She told me to give it a name and to talk to it frequently. I named it Marty and it has flourished in its spot on my windowsill. I have to confess that I didn’t talk to it much at all but when I think of it, I tell it how beautiful it is in honor of Marty. Rose was full of life in spite of several serious chronic conditions and never let her physical ailments stop her. Now she enjoys the fullness of life in the God she served so well.” ~ S. Katrinka Gunn

“Rose Martin was a special lady. I am so happy that she was able to be at our Golden Jubilee. She had a great sense of humor and a wonderful smile. She always made us laugh. I am sure she is smiling down on us and wants us to continue her spirit of love and laughter.” ~ S. Mary Alice Haithcoat 

“At our small group meeting on March 10, Rose Martin expressed the uneasiness she felt about the prayer said before Communion, ‘Lord, I am not worthy to receive you; but only say the word and I shall be healed.’ Rose shared with great passion her concern for those who have been told their entire lives that they are not worthy, not lovable, or no good: the prostitutes, the drug addicts, repeat offenders, and those with low self-esteem. I will never pray this prayer again without considering Rose’s challenge and concern for the ‘anawim,’ the poor of God. Rose through her words, her actions, and her attitudes was a witness to me of being urged by the charity of Christ. I give thanks to God for the inspiring example of this dear woman of faith.” ~ Associate Karen Elliott, C.PP.S.

“I have had the privilege of being in small group with Rose for about nine years. Her words of wisdom remain with me: we need to know one another’s stories and to affirm one another. Rose lived by this wisdom in a variety of settings – SC community, the women’s prison in Dayton, volunteer ministry at the Brunner Literacy Center and at Miami Valley Hospital, to name but a few. Rose shared the story of her ministry at the prison during a recent Fall Congregational Day. I remember the ‘visual’ of the ever-growing ball of ribbon – all colors, all lengths – which represented the lives of the women sharing in the peace circles. There was a sacredness in the room as the ball was passed reverently from person to person. As I reflect on Rose’s life, I think of the many ‘pieces of ribbon’ that she shared with others – in community, in a variety of ministries, and in the countless lives she touched during her years in Dayton. I am confident that there are many stories known to Rose alone. Yet all of those ‘pieces’ wound together reveal the tapestry that is Rose’s legacy to us. While we will miss your physical presence in our lives, we will be forever enriched by your wisdom and service.” ~ S. Barbara Davis

“It has been a real blessing and such fun to be friends with Rose Martin. Life was never dull when she was in a group. I am deeply touched by her love of the Community and the Sisters. I learned much from her with her interaction with all people. She lived the gospels and was so Christ like. Rose cared for each person as they were. There are many people saddened by her death and I am surely one of them. I will miss her zest for life, her sense of humor and her love and kindness. I am grateful she had a peaceful death and is now with her God and her loved ones.” ~ S. Marie Karen Sammons

“I got to know Rose when my sister, Barbara Davis, became a member of her small group. When I became an Associate in October 2013, I became a member of their small group. Since that time, I have gotten to know more about Rose and the various ministries she has participated in since she entered the Sisters of Charity - from teaching, to being a principal, working at the Infant Home, prison ministries - and the list goes on. From what I have observed, Rose quietly went about her various ministries - never judging anyone and telling them that they are loved by God. To use Father Jim Walsh's words: ‘You are a beloved son/daughter of God.’ I also appreciated the fact that Rose was very supportive of the Associate program. She welcomed me with open arms into our small group.” ~ Associate Carolyn Davis

Sister Miriam Thomas Busch
“I loved S. Miriam Thomas. I was privileged to visit her for 12 years and until the last few months took her to Art Class! Her complete trust in God inspired me and all who knew her. Rest in peace, Sister.” ~ Associate Margaret Cushing  

Sister Rosina Panning
“I lived with Rosina at Divine Redeemer Convent, Colorado Springs, Colorado, where we, the Pauline Memorial faculty, also lived. Rosina was always the quiet, kind, cheerful person in our big group. During these years at Mother Margaret Hall she always had a smile to greet me and was the same dear person she was years ago in the West.” ~ S. Victoria Marie Forde

“Rosina, Jeannine Seltzer and I had a common bond. We all grew up in St. Matthew’s parish and were proud to be from Norwood. Rosina’s father was the organist at St. Matthew’s. Jeannine’s sister Dorothy was soloist at the Sunday 11 a.m. Mass with him. My sister Adele succeeded her in this role. Rosina and I would remember this together. But my favorite remembrance of Rosina was her watching ‘I Love Lucy’ on TV. She laughed so heartily and ‘beyond her lips’ during this show, she made us laugh twice as much. Everyone knew when ‘Lucy’ was on. Rosina’s smile on her memorial card shows this delighted, happy life.” ~ S. Grace Ann Gratsch   

Sister Imelda Cooper
“Imelda was always the gracious, soft-spoken southern woman, a faithful Sister of Charity. She appreciated the good news of Vatican II, especially the changes in the liturgy. She loved what was beautiful and often incorporated it into her life through artistic, prayerful expressions. We so enjoyed her great sense of humor during our many years together in Tennessee. Enjoy the blissful beauty of eternal love, dear Imelda!” ~ Sisters Noreen Ellison and Jackie Riggio

“Imelda lived on the fourth floor Motherhouse Center when I moved there four years ago. She went out of her way to welcome me, not only with words but with beautiful flowers and loving attention. Rest in peace, Imelda, and enjoy God’s loving care and the beauty of your new home!” ~ S. Julia Deiters      

“Imelda and I lived with the Mercy Sisters in Nashville during the 1980s, while she served in the pastoral care department of the Catholic hospital and I was a student. She was very helpful in orienting me to Tennessee culture. One lesson in particular stays with me: You can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar! That advice has served me well in many different circumstances. Thanks, Imelda!” ~ S. Joan Elizabeth Cook

S. Joan Patrice Flynn
“I lived with Joan for only one year (1969-’70) in Kensington, Maryland. It was a time when the Community was just beginning to explore options for local governance. I remember many spirited conversations and Joan’s commitment to and love for our Community.” ~ S. Barbara Davis

“Ginny and I were visiting Joan and Georgia the summer I was between jobs. I was looking for something in technology, but nobody was hiring people in those days. I was offered a job in a grade school library which had just been computerized, but was reluctant to take it. Joan urged me to go for it; I did and enjoyed 10 very happy years as a librarian/pseudo-grandmother to 500 kids.” ~ S. Dorothy William Englert

“With joy and love I remember dear Joan Patrice. Our SC ‘gang’ in Colorado had great times together. I remember one trip ‘down the line’ in Colorado – Rocky Mountain National Park, Denver, Colorado Springs, Durango, Mesa Verde, Four Corners – Joan, Georgia, Kay Tardiff, Mitch and I – part camping, touring, exploring, just being together in great fun and much laughter! Joan was always delightful, engaging, aware, wise, loving, interested and humorous.” ~ S. Cathy Cahur

“Sister was one of the first Cincinnati Charities to visit Bedford before the merger and we hit if off immediately. She knew her baseball and would consistently tease us about the Indians even though they were doing better than the Red Sox (her team) at the time. Joan was fun and full of life. To ‘rub it in’ about the Red Sox, she sent me a pair of cotton red socks for Christmas one year and I still wear them to bed on cold nights. I always smiled thinking of her when I put them on.” ~ S. Mary Ann Flannery     

“I lived with Joan in Springfield as well as other school Sisters. There was no doubt about Joan’s passion for students and her lovely singing voice. However there is something else I remember her for (and Georgia) and that was late hours and shopping. One night they put these two things together and convinced me to go with them to a midnight sale at Elder Beerman’s in Dayton. One and only time for me!” ~ S. Martha Walsh

“My dear friend Joan … when I think of her my image is primarily of laughter! However, there were also numerous times we spent in intense, serious conversations. She was passionate, compassionate about life. She immersed herself in it, thoroughly enjoying her friends! I think fondly, too, of the good times we had on the East Coast while I was in Cambridge - wonderful memories.” ~ S. Louise Akers

“Joan and I were at Seton at the same time, but she was two years ahead of me. I remember very clearly how Joan and her sister Pat were the stars of the annual variety show. Their singing and dancing was outstanding and I still can hear some of the songs they sang. A few years passed before I spent more time with Joan. She and Georgia were in the Boston area and I was in Poughkeepsie. We got together often for weekends in Poughkeepsie or Boston. When I went to Gloucester to direct retreats, I always enjoyed an evening break with Joan and Georgia. Joan was such an enthusiastic and creative teacher, and I loved to listen to her ideas. We have been in the same small group for many years. Joan was always informed, passionate, and helped to contribute to lively discussions. Most of all, I remember how good it was to be with her. I miss her, but trust that she is laughing and singing and dancing and living her heavenly life to the full, just as she lived her earthly life to the full.” ~ S. Joan Deiters

S. Patricia Ann Dempsey
“[S. Pat] came to [Bellarmine] as an experienced catechist, a good team member, and a fine liturgical artist. Her Advent banners continue to adorn the side walls and teach the Advent season each year.” ~ Richard Bollman, SJ

“When I became the director of Associates, Pat Dempsey emphatically told me that she saw no reason to have Associates and no matter what I said she would not be convinced. I smiled and said, ‘OK.’ I never tried to influence her but I always talked to her and smiled when I saw her. She was a tough one, though, and was never persuaded that we Associates had a reason to exist. It was when her dear friend, Mary Wall, became an Associate that she finally began to soften a bit and started asking about us. What are we about? Why would anyone want to be an Associate? She thought about it, Mary talked to her and so did others. It was a long, hard process for her. She was not swayed easily or quickly. One day she found out that I was a knitter and seamstress. Over the years we talked about our projects and then she asked me to take her to St. Teresa Textiles on Hamilton Avenue. We made a day of it – lunch and shopping. We talked and laughed and shared stories. From then on, we were friends. More people that she knew became Associates. She got to personally know more Associates and soon she proclaimed, ‘I have gone from being an Associate-hater to an Associate-lover.’ She even attended the Associate Convocation! For her birthday several years ago, I knitted her a purple shawl which I know she loved. She was a challenging person to know but once you did, you found that hard outer shell a person who loved completely. Rest in peace and know that you are loved, Pat.” ~ Associate Mary Jo Mersmann

“It took a while for Pat to warm up to me, but once she did, she always needed a hug when I came by. And I always looked forward to Pat’s smile. I will always remember that smile.” ~ Associate Barry Mersmann

“I am really going to miss this spunky little Sister! She never failed to make me laugh by coming at me in her scooter yelling something like, ‘Move it, honey, or I’ll run your toes over!’ Or rolling her eyes when she saw me and saying, ‘Oh Lord, here comes trouble!’ To which I’d reply, ‘Right back at you, Sister!’ Joking aside, she was always so supportive and just fun to talk to. One day when she was not her ornery self, I asked what was wrong. She told me how hard it was to have had to leave her friends and life in Florida. She missed the people and the lovely warm sunshine. I could surely identify with that having left my own life on the sunny South Carolina coast. I’m happy to think of you basking in the warmth of the SON, now, Pat!” ~ S. Andrea Koverman 

S. Rose Marita Arnold
“S. Rose Arnold was so gracious and willing to help me relearn pinochle when I moved back to the Cincinnati area from the West. I still have the little slip defining point values. She herself was a five-star serious pinochle player, and, no doubt, five-star in whatever she undertook and/or directed.” ~ S. Patmarie Bernard

“On one of my first missions, an eighth grade teacher had lost control of her class. At mid-year S. Rose Arnold came to take her place and made that unruly class the most well-behaved and delightful children anyone could imagine. She was a true miracle worker and fun in the convent, too.” ~ S. Victoria Marie Forde

“I first met Rose when she was in charge of the Port Huron Vacation/Retreat House. My sister and I and several others spent a delightful weekend there. Rose was a gracious hostess who made us feel right at home. Much later I was able to get to know her better when I retired to the Motherhouse. I’m so glad to have had conversations with her, reflecting on acceptance of her situation. It helped me adjust to my limitations!” ~ S. Julia Deiters

Associate Robert (Bob) Maxwell
Bob Maxwell was a ‘gentleman saint.’ He and his dearest wife, Lizzie, as he called her, introduced Centering Prayer to our campus more than 10 years ago. It continues today leading many to a deep relationship with God. He guided this practice and witnessed to its fruitfulness. His awareness of a presence beyond us showed us the mind of Christ. He was thoughtful, kind, and delightful company as he led the group of pray-ers with the grace of a gentleman. We shall not see the likes of him soon again. Thank you God for showing us how very good, loving, and attractive you are in Bob Maxwell.” ~ S. Grace Ann Gratsch

“There are so many good things I remember about Bob. Bob, Liz and I were in the same Centering Prayer group for a long time. Another memory was when the leg broke off the couch in my counseling room. I told Bob and he said he’d come and take a look at it. Though it was tricky to fix Bob managed to use his carpentry skills and the couch lasted the rest of my time in that office. Both Bob and Liz have helped support my various ministries. We were active together in Western Wildlife Corridor. Bob just had the best attitude about life and now he is home in eternity ... as Liz said, ‘He just melted into God.’ I’ll miss him.” ~ S. Delia Sizler

S. Jeannine Selzer
“Jeannine, always such a warm, welcoming presence - and full of fun! She took a group of us horseback riding when I was stationed in Albuquerque. May you continue spreading joy throughout heaven as you did so beautifully among us, Jeannine. Enjoy your eternal reward where joy never ceases!” ~ Associate Mary Ellen Williams

“S. Jeannine was a dear friend and my principal at St. Brigid’s School in Xenia, Ohio. We had many memorable and happy times together which we always reminisced about every time we visited with each other. You will long be remembered and missed, Jeannine.” ~ S. Pat Newhouse

“When I retired from Springer School in 1984 I was given a retirement trip to Europe and I invited Jeannine to go with me. We had a wonderful time and visited a number of countries on this journey. Jeannine has now completed her earthly journey and enjoying enteral life with Our Lord. Well done ‘Good And Faithful Servant.’” ~ S. Marianne Van Vurst

“Jeannine was a very good friend. She was my superior at St, Mary’s in Hyde Park. When I left there she came to visit Mary Agnes and me in Waynesboro, Georgia. Jeannine was kind and loving.” ~ S. Jo Ann Martini

“In her time as a Provincial, Jeannine drove to visit us in Tennessee and brought as her companion, S. Mary Alfreda. Jeannine was interested, kind, caring, and concerned about not only our ministry, but our living conditions. After they left we found a new fire extinguisher with a note attached asking us to install this right away because we would never have adequate water if ever there was a fire.” ~ S. Noreen Ellison

“While I have many remembrances of Jeannine, one that stands out in my mind is her service on the last governance committee, some 12 or more years ago. As we considered looking at retaining or changing Network structure, reviewed canonical requirements for governance, and thought of new ways of being with one another, I remember Jeannine saying clearly: ‘It isn’t the structure that is important. It is the way we are in relationship with one another.’ Jeannine was truly a wonderful witness of our being together!” ~ S. Barbara Davis

“Jeannine was my novice director - always very supportive and understanding. I learned a great deal from her and will always be grateful.” S. Caroljean Willie

S. Rose Patrice Beck
“While I never lived or ministered with Rose, I always appreciated her commitment to the ministry of Catholic education. When I first took on the role of principal, Rose and I would have good conversations during community gatherings about what it meant to minister as a principal. She was always gracious and kind and willing to share her wisdom. I always appreciated her sense of humor and common sense!” ~ S. Barbara Davis

“S. Rose Patrice was my mentor when I became principal at St. Mel’s School in Cleveland, Ohio, and she was principal at St. Bernadette’s in Westlake. She came to my rescue especially when we had two floods in a double classroom my first two weeks on the job. We called it ‘baptism by water.’” ~ S. Pat Newhouse

“My friendship with S. Rose Patrice began when I was a student at St. Mary Grade School, 50-plus years ago. My relationship with her and her example was part of the reason I entered the Sisters of Charity in 1968. She was supportive and excited to help me in any way she could to get ready for entrance. At one point we lost contact with each other but once we re-connected it was great. It was always a fun time when I went to Cleveland to visit her. I visited her in Mother Margaret and she would often call me by name so I am sure, at times, she knew who I was. Even if she had not remembered who I was I would have still visited because of who she was to me. She was content and was very appreciative of the care received in Mother Margaret Hall. I am grateful for the time I was able to spend with her these past few years, I will miss her.” ~ Associate Cathy Colque

“S. Rose Patrice was part of our small group in Cleveland until she moved to Mother Margaret. She was a gentle, fun-loving person. She told me once that she and Ruth Hunt were great pals and they would call each other once a week faithfully. I think Cleveland was the source of their bonding. I’m thinking now that in her recent passing, Ruth connected again with Rose and made heaven sound so good that Rose just had to go and see for herself! They are having a wonderful time, to be sure.” ~ S. Mary Ann Flannery

S. Martha Ann Conley
“I think Martha Ann loved Chillicothe as much as I do. I was happy to get to know her as an adult. She was always sweet and kind.” ~ S. Mary Kathryn McFerrin

S. Teresa Margaret Hurr
“My memories of [Teresa Margaret] involve love of the outdoors. In her early days here she conducted water aerobics at the pool several evenings a week. They were always well attended. My Mother even enjoyed them for a while. During her later years, I would see her sitting in the sun with her faithful friend, Bernadette. She was a strong woman, who loved the earth.” ~ S. Dorothy William Englert

S. Kateri Maureen Koverman
“I owe my vocation to Kateri. I was a ‘Jonah’ vocation, running away in the opposite direction. I was a student at Thomas More College when my work/study program placed me at Santa Maria working for S. Kateri. She was in the process of opening the first satellite office in the East Price Hill (Warsaw Avenue) area. She modeled for me variety of ways of reaching out to God’s people. I remember the day she had been given the approval by the Congregation that she could go as a social worker to Vietnam. I clearly remember how she entered the room that day with such energy and excitement that it could hardly be contained.

“I have many memories. Some are of those early years when I was just 20 years old when I was privileged to learn about ministry by working beside her. I have memories of more recent years watching how Kateri dealt with a stroke, and then this past month of how she embraced the news of her impending death. Thank you, Kateri! You have more than blessed my life.” ~ S. Joyce Brehm

“Many know that Kateri ‘dared to risk a caring response’ for those in need all over the world. How blessed we are to have such a strong example of loving care! We all miss her, but I miss her especially for our close friendship of more than 30 years of living together at Delhi House and two years here at the Motherhouse. We would try to meet for supper every evening to share with each other the events of our day, both the good and the not-so-good. I looked forward to that time and especially appreciated her sharing stories of meeting with inmates at the Justice Center. She was a bright ray of hope for many of them! It’s hard to lose the presence of such a good friend, but knowing she’s in the arms of a loving Jesus and that someday we will be together enjoying God’s Eternal Presence is consolation in my sorrow. Kateri, enjoy your freedom; help us to give the loving care to others as you did.” ~ S. Julie Deiters

“A remarkable lady. I’m so blessed to have had her lead a retreat for me. I am blessed to have known her.” ~ Associate Vicki Welsh  

“What a kind, gentle soul with a warm and engaging smile. I enjoyed having breakfast with her whenever I was at the Mount.” ~ S. Mary Ann Flannery

“Kateri was one of our first CRISPAZ volunteers during the height of the war in El Salvador from 1986, and for two years, as I recall. As Cathy Cornell said in her notification to Betty and me last Friday, Kateri was a ‘big-hearted woman’. I add courageous. With CRISPAZ she worked first in Dolores Medina, a humble little community part of the parish of Our Lady of Lourdes in Calle Real, 9 km north of the capital city. Then she moved to Tenancingo from closely after the Air Force bombs stopped wreaking havoc on that town. She had to meet with people in a church bombed and ministered to them in their distress. By her very presence she encouraged those who fled the town to come back home. She was a good friend whom I was able to visit in both of these assignments. I could see up close those qualities of her courage and big-heartedness in the most difficult circumstances.” ~ Peter Hinde and Betty Campbell

“Kateri was a true missionary. She did so much good for others in mission territories that she loved. I remember her story of spending a night by a tree in El Salvador. When we had some El Salvador visitors at St. John’s in Harrison, Kateri spent time with them. They were happy to see her as they spent time together.” ~ Jo Ann Martini

“Kateri was an inspiring and reflective Sister who ‘risked a caring response’ in several unique ministries. I will always remember her deep and challenging questions given to us sometimes near the end of Chapter or a congregational meeting when many of us were gathered. I pray that her creative, generous ways will continue to inspire us in our ministry to world needs. Thank you, Kateri!” ~ S. Noreen Ellison

S. Ann Martin Klee
“Ann Martin did a great job over 50 years ago taking care of the choir boys for my uncle who did the music for the Cathedral in Denver. She always had them ready for practice and Sunday morning Mass. She also took care of my mom for a couple of months at St. Elizabeth’s in Denver. I knew Ann for over 60 years, she had a great smile and a twinkle in her eyes. She is at peace now.” ~ S. Lynn Heper

“Ann Martin was in Assisted Living where I was working when I first got Sunshine as a 10-week-old ball of energy. She was so supportive of me as I tried to adjust to Sunshine’s puppyhood and began to rein in her raw, untrained behaviors. Ann loved animals and we visited her until she could no longer respond to us. Ann was a warm, kind and loving woman. I didn’t know her until she came to MMH. She enjoyed life and had a hearty laugh. I was so glad I had the opportunity to get to know her.” ~ S. Katrinka Gunn

S. Rosemary Gornick
“My memory of S. Rosemary is that of a gentle, loving Sister who went about her ministry of director of religious education at Holy Cross, Mesa, Arizona, efficiently, and calmly. Her volunteer teachers loved and respected her. Her office was across the hall from mine, so I observed her at work. Never once was she ever impatient or upset. Always she greeted everyone with the sweetest smile. She died as she had lived, peacefully. Enjoy your new eternal life, Rosemary.” ~ S. Barbara Muth

S. Marie Virginia Lovato
“Remembering the many good times we had with S. Virginia; the many card games and fun times we had on her visits to Canada with my daughter, S. Pat Hayden. She will always be remembered in our prayers and in our hearts.” ~ Lillian Gustafson     

“Marie Virginia was one of us Febs of the Band of 1954-’55. She was a very wise woman facing whatever came her way with courage and faith. She was so practical and down-to-earth. She enjoyed life and had a ready laugh. Marie Virginia loved the dogs she had over the years and animals in general. I’m so grateful to have known her and to have called her friend.” ~ S. Katrinka Gunn

“Though I did not get to spend much time with Sister, I was always warmed by her presence.We are in the same Band and she would send me an occasional note or card. When I visited her in MMH some time ago, she inspired me with her attitude and spirituality. Here was someone who did not fight the advance of illness and diminishment of body. She said she could not be a concern for others and decided to come to Cincinnati for whatever time she had left. A native of the West saying that really inspired me.” ~ S. Mary Ann Flannery

“When Mitch (Mary Michele Fischer) was dying in June 2010 at MMH, Sisters Marie Virginia and Pat Hayden traveled from Colorado to be with us. How wonderful, loving, supportive and ‘fun’ this experience was for us. Virginia and Mitch had a special SC bond: both entered the SC postulancy in February 1955 under S. Agnes Therese. Oh my, the stories and memories we shared. Mitch actually laughed and at times seemed conscious. We all knew S. Agnes Therese’s theme ‘The little Sparrow that Flew into the Sun.’ I can’t tell you how wonderful and deeply comforting this was for me. Thank you, Virginia and Pat!” ~ S. Cathy Cahur

S. Ruth Hunt
“Our dear S. Ruth Hunt was beauty-filled inside and out! I enjoyed many visits and conversations with her - always appreciating her ‘eye twinkle’ and wisdom. I also enjoyed celebrating ‘our birthdays’ together - May 23 - along with Sisters Loretto Burke and Regina Tevis.” ~ S. Patmarie Bernard

“Thanks to Ruth’s initiative, some of us in our 1946 Band, Loretta Saupe, Irene Luther and I, enjoyed many delightful luncheons with Ruth at various restaurants these last few years. Wonderful memories!” ~ S. Ruth Bockenstette

“I worked with Ruth Hunt at The Women’s Connection. I enjoyed her wit, her interest in what was going on in the world, and her willingness to state her opinion about almost anything! Her favorite expression (when we tried to introduce her to new technology) was, ‘You do know why I quit my last job.’ Despite that, she did support us with her excellent clerical skills. I visited her a few times at Mother Margaret Hall, but not nearly enough.” ~ Kathleen Hebbeler, OP

S. Margaret O’Connor

“I was Maggie’s prayer partner this year. Whenever I would pass her in the hall I would say, ‘I’m praying for you.’ She would smile her great smile and say keep it up. I need it. She was active and smiling to the end.” ~ S. Dorothy William Englert

“My first remembrances of Margaret O’Connor are from the summer following Vatican II when several of us were missioned to live at St Lawrence, teach the children at St. Joseph’s in North Bend in the mornings and then to host children from the lower Price Hill area with lunch, summer enrichment classes and fun. Maggie was one of the positive and happy gang of us who began one of the efforts called the ‘war on poverty.’ Maggie, receive the love and peace of a ‘well done good and faithful servant,’ welcome!” ~ S. Noreen Ellison

“Margaret was a sharing person; whenever she heard a good sermon or read an informative article, she wanted to share it with others. Every weekend she passed around copies of a reflection on the upcoming Sunday Gospel that she took from the Internet. She never ceased to marvel at the wonders her Kindle could give her to share. Margaret, enjoy the wonders of God as you never experienced before ... we will miss you! In time, we will share them with you!” ~ S. Julia Mary Deiters

“I didn’t know Margaret until she came to our area. My goodness, what a gift she was. She loved the outdoors, always wanting to have events outside. Her knowledge of technology was unbelievable. She always had the music she wanted, the news, the religious articles, etc. on her device. When she found justice articles she would forward them to me. She was a model to me of accepting her next steps in life. When her need for a diet that helped her health became evident she quietly made her own decision to move to Assisted Living, announced it to us and moved. She told me how happy she was with the change because she was so close to both chapels and nice activities. Of course we knew what sports teams she cheered to victory. Margaret, remember us as you enjoy this new glorious transition. Thanks for everything.” ~ S. Jean Miller

“Maggie was one of our office’s greatest cheerleaders. She loved the variety on the website - stories about our Sisters and photos of SCs being joyful. You are now with Divine Joy, Maggie! Remember us. We thank you.” ~ S. Georgia Kitt and SC Communications staff

“Maggie and I were members of the same small group many years ago. Around that time she had a serious health need, from which she healed well. Since then there have been other such needs and she has always come through so well that I started calling her ‘Little Miracle.’ She would just smile and tell me she was just fine. Well I believe she is now truly ‘just fine’ and enjoying her place with our God.” ~ S. Mary Bookser

“When Margaret lived in the apartment building near Good Samaritan Hospital, she used to attend Mass at Annunciation Church (my home parish). She also liked to walk around Clifton, often passing the home where I grew up. She and my mom became friends over the years – always stopping to chat after Mass or as she passed our house. After Mom moved to Bayley, Margaret always remembered her and asked how she was doing. I’m sure these two dear Irish women are now catching up with each other in heaven! Rest in peace, Margaret.” ~ S. Mary Catherine Faller

“I didn’t know Margaret well, but she would always stop to chat. She had such a delightful chuckle and a twinkle in her eyes. She reminded me of a mischievous leprechaun … and that’s how I will always remember her. God bless her.” ~ Associate Vicki Welsh

S. Paula Gonzalez

“I first met Paula when I was a freshman at the College of Mount St. Joseph; she was the leader of a book discussion group I was part of. I honestly don’t remember a single book we discussed, but I certainly remember Paula - her enthusiasm, her way of drawing out a bunch of 18-year-olds to think deeper about issues. Throughout the 50 years since then, so many Sisters from other communities have said to me, when they found out what congregation I was from, ‘Oh, that is S. Paula Gonzalez’s community!’ followed by some comment about a time when she spoke to them and how impressed they were with her. Truly a prophet in our midst! I am sure she and St. Francis and Mother Margaret George and all the saints who loved nature are rejoicing with Jesus - who also paid attention to the lilies of the field…” ~ S. Pat Wittberg

“Many years ago when I worked for S. Paula, part of my job was helping with a clothing sale to be held at Seton High School, probably for a Regional Meeting. We loaded up her pick-up truck with clothes (hung on a rack). My job was to hold onto the clothes while sitting in the back of the truck. I remember screaming as we went flying over Foley Road. Needless to say we made it – she was on a mission! She has been the most ambitious woman I have been blessed to know.” ~ Associate Rita Brandewiede

“Paula is actually ‘responsible’ for my many happy years at the College. In February 1973 she corralled me at a Dayton Province meeting, and wanted me to come to the College of Mount St. Joseph to teach biology while she was on a sabbatical. I told her no - I didn’t think I could do that. A week later, she’s back, this time on the phone. Same insistence. She wouldn’t let go. After Katie Hoelscher told me point-blank that I wasn’t listening to the Holy Spirit, I finally ‘caved,’ admittedly in fear and trembling. But I fell in love with the place and with the ministry and the rest is history. Thanks, dear Paula!” ~ S. Annette Muckerheide

“Paula surely left our world a better place for having been here! What a blessing her passion in caring for the Earth and urging all of us to have the same passion. Paula, you are in our grateful hearts and prayers forever!” ~ S. Julie Deiters

“Getting to know Paula was one of the greatest gifts of my novitiate. There was an instant recognition of kindred spirits when she first interacted with us, and I remember her frequent outbursts of, ‘You people give me hope!’ She was so thrilled to share her passion for creation with us newcomers who also are filled with that passion. I loved her vocation story of feeling like she had been knocked in the head like Paul being knocked off his horse, how she snuffed out her last cigarette on the front steps of the Motherhouse before walking through the doors and never looking back. I loved her joy in her own strength and energy, her tales of being as strong as any man – and how she would display what was left of her ‘ripe lemon’ biceps that she noted had been reduced to the size of peach pits. I also loved her deep reverence and awareness of the vast mystery of God that had transcended all our human attempts of description and definition. I know she is skipping and jumping in heaven and that all who encounter her can’t help but smile at her exuberance. I miss her already!” ~ S. Andrea Koverman

“The last time I was with Paula was a few years ago. My brother and I rode with her all around the Motherhouse grounds in the solar golf cart. Zero to 25 in just a few seconds it seemed. Hanging with Paula meant ‘hanging on.’ Sister enjoyed such a wonderful ride on this big blue planet she loved so much.” ~ Associate Donata Glassmeyer

“In these past few years Paula presented several sessions with our novices and also in the intercommunity novitiate program. She created each of the sessions anew. I was struck by the way Paula wove spirituality into the sessions. I was blessed to eat with Paula and others in the dining room just a few days before she fell. I remember thinking how engaged she still was with all dimensions of life. I will surely miss Paula’s presence and inspiration. I sense I – and others – will think of her frequently in our own awareness of Earth. Paula gave and inspired so much. May she experience rich blessing with the fullness of God!” ~ S. Donna Steffen

“What I know for certain, I am not the only person on whom Paula Gonzalez made an impression! I am confident that, world wide, people will remember some prophetic word they heard from the many talks she gave. What’s more, true to the Charity charism, she loved all of creation from the air that surrounds us to those that took breath.” ~ Associate Vicki Welsh

“I remember Paula as she got me ready for community. Paula was a very great reason for my being a Sister of Charity. Paula taught me biology at Seton. She was very special.” ~ S. Jo Ann Martini

“My last encounter with Paula occurred not long ago, during the short window of time after she had moved back home and before she broke her hip. I stopped her and Mary as they were pulling out of the driveway to tell Paula how happy I was to see her back on the compound. She said her recovery had been a struggle, but she was so happy to be home. I gave her an encouraging ‘Si, se puede!’ - (Yes, it can be done!) - a motto that Paula lived by. In response, she thrust her bony fist into the air and exclaimed ‘Se puede!’ Paula, it could be done, and you did it, Sister. Your work and your legacy will live on with the next generation. There will not be a day that the sun rises which we will not think of you, our Sister of the Sun. May you rest in the light of God - the Mother of all renewable energies.” ~ S. Annie Klapheke

“Paula was such an intelligent, passionate, creative and energetic Sister of Charity. In her presence I was always the learner being stretched to think and act more intentionally to live our charism, and to protect our planet and its inhabitants. May Paula continue to challenge and accompany us in our efforts!” ~ S. Noreen Ellison

“When I was studying for my doctorate in multicultural education, Paula said to me, ‘Remember, Cj, that the cultures of the world include more than the human.’ I have never forgotten that and thank her for reminding me about the interdependence of all of creation. I will certainly miss her physical presence but know that she will always have a presence in my life and in the lives of all those she touched. Dance with the stars, Paula!” ~ S. Caroljean Willie

“Paula always believed that the Associates played a role in the Charity Family, as she called us. And she knew that religious life would continue in some form. ‘I am a biologist,’ she would say. ‘Everything is organic and changes. We don’t know how it will look but we know it will continue and transform because that is what creation is all about.’ I know she is right. Continue to support us all, Paula, as we move through this time of transformation.” ~ Associate Mary Jo Mersmann

“I am remembering a piece Paula wrote about composting and the Paschal Mystery and I am imagining her JOY at now knowing fully the Universe Story. And, of course, she would choose a green burial! Through all these wonderful sharings don’t we know how she continues to live in us who carry on her legacy of care for Earth, her passion for the Mystery that infuses and energizes all of creation? Keep stirring us up, Paula!” ~ S. Janet Gildea

“I have known S. Paula since 1957 when she taught my biology class at Seton High School. My sister and I were in her homeroom and we were her ‘helpers,’ staying after school to do whatever she asked us to do. Paula sponsored my sister, Barbara, when she entered the Sisters of Charity in 1960. Over the years, I would see Paula on different occasions. Since I became an Associate in 2013, I was blessed to see Paula at a number of meetings and events. I always admired how she was not afraid to voice her thoughts on a variety of topics, especially her concern for the care of our Earth. I also appreciate how supportive Paula was of the Associates and encouraged our participation in the community.” ~ Associate Carolyn Davis

“I first met Paula about 20 years ago, during my first visit to the Motherhouse. We (participants in a program) had the wonderful experience of spending time at EarthConnection, which Paula founded. She was very proud of the fact it was only dependent on alternative energy and that it was environmentally sustainable, not emitting anything harmful to the ecosphere. She was so vibrant and full of so much energy, one couldn’t help feeling inspired in her presence. She was light years ahead of her time in her recognition of the need to preserve our Earth, treating it with care. She was passionate about ecology and preached her message to all, long before it became popular to do so. Paula seemed to radiate a light of love and warmth and it was a pleasure to be in her company. From that time on, each time I visited the Motherhouse, I would seek her out, to have that sense of relationship. She was an enthusiastic supporter of the Associates, and always voiced her support. Paula was such a gift to my life, and I will forever be grateful for having known her. I know she’s with God, and taking a major role in looking out for our Earth, recruiting others to join her in this important project!” ~ Associate Lee Hemminger

“I have known Paula since 1956 when I was a student at Seton and she was one of the ‘young Sisters’ teaching there. Even then, I appreciated Paula’s wisdom and her belief in her students. She held us all to high standards. Paula, thank you for inspiring and challenging us, your Family of Charity. Truly your words and actions were seamless, reflecting your love of God and passion for all of God’s creation.” ~ S. Barbara Davis

“What a remarkable and lovely person! Whenever my visits to the Motherhouse overlapped with the day bacon was served for breakfast, Paula would be there and invite me to eat with her. She said she loved bacon and could not miss those breakfasts. I would be entertained with all kinds of information on world climate and environment news. I even heard quite a bit about her childhood and how she entered the Community. She was a gift to us and to the Church for her vision and her prophetic stand on the environment. I will miss those bacon-breakfasts and her enthusiasm for all of God’s bounty. Can you imagine what she is enjoying in the Great Cosmos of Heaven? Go for it, Paula…” ~ S. Mary Ann Flannery

“My mornings usually began when I met Paula on the stairs on the way to Mass. She would be coming up as I was coming down. A cheerful ‘good morning’ was her gift to me. I have memories of singing Christmas carols to her dear mother in Albuquerque. I can still see her sitting in her ‘easy chair’ smiling gratefully. She was pushing 100 years. Paula enjoyed so many gifts and shared them humbly with all. She was the epitome of a simple life.” ~ S. Jeannette Cochran

“I first ‘met’ Paula when she gave a talk in 1971 to what then was the Dayton Region. I immediately became immersed in her presentation which included Earth, future, change … It was challenging, exciting, reflective. I knew I wanted to meet and know this amazing SC. Later we became friends as she was building EarthConnection and I would stop by to see the progress and listen to Paula’s explanations of the alternative energies involved. We shared the similarities of promoting Earth and women and saw the potential for ‘building bridges’ which we did through group discussions and presentations. What a gift she was to us and much of the world! I loved Paula’s ongoing enthusiasm, her constant calling us to do more and her exceptional knowledge as a scientist, teacher, prophet. I’m happy for her that she was able to live long enough to see some of her vision realized. Believing that our planet, Earth, was eucharist, Paula’s joy is surely infinite! I, like many, will miss her presence among us.” ~ S. Louise Aker