"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

 

Sister Marion Agnes Boeddeker

 

Sister Marion Agnes Boeddeker died Oct. 27, 2023 at the age of 99 in Mother Margaret Hall, the nursing facility for the Sisters of Charity, Cincinnati, Ohio. Sister Marion Agnes was born on Feb. 22, 1924 to William A. and Julia (Steuwer) Boeddeker in Cincinnati, Ohio. She was the fifth child of 15 children, seven girls and eight boys. She was a Sister of Charity for 71 years.

Sister Marion Agnes grew up on Cincinnati’s east side, attending St. Cecilia Grade School and Withrow Junior High School. She graduated from Ashland Burdett Commercial Business School and worked for 10 years for various accounting agencies as a bookkeeper or accountant’s assistant.

At the age of 25, Sister Marion Agnes began volunteering on weekends at St. Joseph Infant and Maternity Home in Cincinnati, helping Sister Francella Mezger take care of the toddlers. She would say, “God used Sister Francella to draw me to Him.” Shortly after two years there Sister Marion Agnes chose to enter the Sisters of Charity Community in February 1952.

In September 1953 Sister Marion Agnes was sent to St. Joseph Orphanage to serve as a Group Mother. In total she gave 20 years of service in the role, spending more than 18 years as the entrusted caretaker for the little girls.

In 1974 Sister Mary Rita Vieson, who was the administrator at St. Joseph Infant and Maternity Home, invited Sister to do the accounting there as their accountant left to get her certification. Sister Marion Agnes served as Chief Financial Officer for the Home until May 1992, when she came to the Motherhouse to work in accounting in the Finance Office; this responsibility also included managing the Sisters’ automobiles and car insurance. Her careful attention to detail served her well for 20 years.

In 2012 Sister Marion Agnes chose to slow down a bit, finding more time to offer her services as seamstress, chief mender, hemmer and alteration expert for her Sisters living among her in the Motherhouse. Following the Motherhouse renovations in 2004, Sister had her own sewing room out of which to work. She delighted in seeing the successful results with needle and thread. In 2014 Sister decided to officially retire but continued giving volunteer hours when needed in the Finance Office and even took on short-term sewing projects from her room after moving to Mother Margaret Hall.

For relaxation Sister Marion Agnes enjoyed Sudoku and loved puzzles, challenging ones, which when completed filled more than the average-size card table. She pursued each until completed, intent on seeing the final, beautiful picture.

Sister Noreen Ellison remembers Sister Marion Agnes as a person generous in quietly accepting and responding to what presented itself. “She was always helpful responding to our requests for updated information in the Finance Office. As a seamstress she helped many of us be more ‘put-together’ clothing-wise,” she recalled.

Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati CFO Vicki Humphrey, who worked with Sister Marion Agnes in the Finance Office for more than 30 years, knew her as a dedicated and faithful servant who took her work seriously. She shared, “Sister Marion Agnes did not like the spotlight, preferring to be the person behind the scenes getting things done. I was blessed to know her and have her in my life.”

Sister Marion Agnes is survived by her brother Tony Boeddeker and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her sisters Mary Rita Boeddeker, Elizabeth McKee, Rosemary Maher, Margaret Morgan, Mary Ann Parr and Marion Agnes Boeddeker (infant) and her brothers Joseph, William, James, Robert, Bernard, Daniel and David Boeddeker.

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