"The greater the work the more
important it is to establish it on
a solid foundation. Thus it will
not only be more perfect; it
will also be more lasting.”

St. Louise de Marillac

“Be diligent in serving
the poor. Love the poor,
honor them, my children,
as you would honor
Christ Himself.”

St. Louise de Marillac

 

Remembering S. Florence Sliva

S. Florence Sliva died Nov. 29, 2022 at the age of 92 in Mother Margaret Hall. S. Florence was born with a twin sister on May 1, 1930 to Francis and Anna (Papcun) Sliva in Cleveland, Ohio. She was one of nine children. She was a Sister of Charity for 77 years.

S. Florence grew up in the closely-knit Tremont neighborhood of Cleveland, attending Our Lady of Mercy School and St. Procop High School. Sister Florence and her twin, Therese, spent all their spare time at school, helping the Vincentian Sisters of Charity who taught at the parish school. It was that experience that led her to thinking about religious life; she chose to enter the Community in September 1945. Her twin entered at the same time, each being uniquely called.

S. Florence taught primary age children in Catholic schools in the Greater Cleveland area for more than 55 years, beginning at St. Mary, Bedford in 1950. From there she went on to minister at Our Lady of Mercy, Cleveland; St. Andrew, Cleveland; St. Elizabeth, Youngstown; St. Pius, Bedford; St. Rita, Solon; St. Barnabas, Northfield and Sacred Heart, Wadsworth, all in Ohio.

S. Florence then returned to St. Mary, Bedford in 1984 where she remained until 1993 when she retired from the full-time teacher role. In retirement she volunteered as a kindergarten teacher assistant for the next 10 years while also serving at Light of Hearts Villa in Bedford, on the adjoining Vincentian Sisters of Charity grounds. She and her sister moved there as well. They answered phones and doors and filled in for staff so that staff members could be home with families over holidays. The residents loved their presence and upbeat personalities. They would bring their kindergarten children to entertain the senior residents for major holidays which brought smiles to many faces.

In 2012 Sisters Florence and Therese moved to the Cincinnati Motherhouse and became well-known for their walks around the Motherhouse campus, regardless of the weather. The Sisters took care of posting elevator notices for the Hospitality Office and answered phones in Mother Margaret Hall on weekends. They appreciated being closer to their family living in Kentucky. The two sisters were warmly accepted at the Cincinnati Motherhouse.

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