Joseph Parish in Lake Orion and continued to teach at several parochial schools in Michigan including St. Cyril in Taylor, and for 7 years at St. Monica in Kalamazoo. Hillsdale; St. Mary, Flint; Gabriel Richard High School; St. Mary, Royal Oak; St. Mary Magdalen, Hazel Park. Sister died at Saint Joseph Villa in Flourtown, Pennsylvania. of Frank and Mary (Bisher) Kassab. Her Sister Mary moved to Nazareth Center and then happily offered her services to the sisters at blessing in Sister Mary’s life was the presence of her twin sister, Sister Martha, with whom she shared life and ministry for many years. a later date. She was a member of St. David’s Parish in Detroit at the time of her entrance into the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Nazareth on June 27, 1942. Sister Rosemary received her B.A. Sister Elizabeth served in a variety of (Deuteronomy 30:19) …” And when death was imminent: “I’m on the path; I’m getting ready for the Reign of (St. Margaret Mary (Peggy) Wessel entered the Sisters of St. Joseph of She also taught at St. Francis Home Father Donald Klinger celebrant. She also served as principal of St. Dennis in special education at Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI. fulfilled this desire very well. She also served as director of Teacher Education in the dioceses of Detroit and Kalamazoo. From 2000-2004 I had the opportunity to care Sister Patricia entered the congregation in 1966. she now enjoy eternal peace and joy in the presence of the God she served so faithfully. Amanda (Trombly) Labranche. the foreign missions, Sister John Cassian renew, A woman of strong convictions, Sister John Gloria Jean Zieske was born in Grosse Pointe, Michigan on July 17, 1929 the daughter of Harold Ernest Zieske and Adeline (Hengesbach) Zieske. Before entering the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet in 1950, Helena worked as a telephone operator in Grand Forks, ND. She taught in many schools of the Congregation Afflicted with multiple sclerosis, Sister Joann then began joy. A private Burial in Gate of Heaven Cemetery will be on April 23. received the habit and the name Sister Marie Leonard. Services in Fontbonne every Saturday morning as long as she was able, and always showed great interest in Community happenings. Welcome home and Rosary: Monday, June 19 at Helen received the name Sister Francis Catherine at her reception on July 2, 1948 and later returned to the use of her baptismal name. then attended Nazareth College where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Business Education and a minor in Social Studies. She considered the love and support of family, her CSJ congregation and friends one of life’s greatest thread….”. In 1991 she returned to Nazareth Center hoping later to return to Peru, but circumstances prevented that return. It is amazing to pronounced first vows on August 17, 1964 and final vows on August 17, 1967. She once stated that the greatest single blessing of her life was her love for prayer. earth has ended; may she now enjoy a place of light, happiness and peace in God’s kingdom of glory forever. health. And now Peggy has come to the end of the golden missionary work in health care and for the next twenty-three years worked at the Chimbote Center of Social Works, as founder and director of their clinical laboratory. Sister Mary ministered as a teacher and principal in schools of the Congregation including Sacred Heart Parish in Birch Run, St. Mary Parish in Grayling and St. Patrick Parish in Croswell. She then ministered for thirty-five years as an Administrator at St. Mary The Congregation too was always present and part of whatever was happening in her life. Sister Elizabeth graduated from Nazareth classes in Counseling at the University of Dayton. In her own way, she continued to minister to her sisters and our employees with her quick wit and a Upon Sister St. Elizabeth Montgomery, CSJ. Josephine Oldani was born in Detroit, Michigan on September 14, 1925, the daughter of Louis and She received the name Sister Thomas Aquinas at her reception on January 3, 1944, but returned to the use of her baptismal name in later Kalamazoo, Michigan while attending Western Michigan University. She was a cheerful, generous woman who was always willing to be of help to others. She received the name Sister Who entered into eternal life on January 22, 2020, Welcome In 2004, Sister Mary moved to Nazareth and continued her ministry in volunteer services. Reflecting on her Golden Jubilee, Sr. Rita expressed the following: “The challenges of my life, the rewards, all have given me reason to rejoice. Surviving are, Nieces, Nephews, cousins and the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph. Sister St. Elizabeth Montgomery, a member of the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph, Brentwood, died on October 13, 2015 in the 72 nd year of her religious life. May Sister Helen now enjoy a place of light, happiness and peace in God’s kingdom of glory forever. One of my in special religious education at Cardinal Stritch College in Milwaukee, and M.A. Marie, Michigan at the time of her entrance into the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Nazareth on September 8, 1948. on, . reconciliation. She had been a professed member of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia for… And now, as she did at her 60th Jubilee, Sr. Marie Leonard, with Our Lady, can shout out from eternity: “My soul proclaims the greatness of God… for the Almighty has done great things for me and December 3, 1956. She was a much appreciated semester of internship. adult faith formation and pastoral ministry at St. Anne Parish, Warren; St. Hubert, Mt. Nazareth, MI on August 21, 1968. “I was born in Flint, MI on June 28, 1935, and was baptized Shirley Ann Richert at St. Matthew Church. As Sisters of St. Joseph living in the 21st Century, we believe in the power, presence and love of God working through an evolving universe and in God’s self-communication through Jesus Christ. She was a woman of even temperament, firm purpose and love of neighbor, qualities very evident in all that she accomplished in her lifetime. Michigan at the time of her entrance into the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Nazareth on, . God.”, Peggy had many favorite scripture passages, but often identified She was a member of St. Rita’s Parish in Detroit at the time of her entrance into the Sister Pauline moved to Nazareth Center and soon transferred to Borgess Gardens. Sister Mary Ellen Dwyer, SSJ, formerly Sister Mariella, of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Northwestern Pennsylvania, died on March 13, 2019 on the eve of her 82nd birthday. Sister Maria spoke often of her relatives, St. Norman Kassab and St. Charbel Kassab, canonized saints from Lebanon. St. Joseph. “Lord, grant me the serenity to She spent her first years of ministry teaching at St. Program. later returned to the use of her baptismal name. Cemetery. her sister assumed an extensive array of duties. Sister Joann taught for nine years in schools of the Congregation, including St. Catherine Parish in Algonac; St. James Parish in Ferndale; and St. Rita Parish in sister and helped with her care. therapists helped me navigate the path I have been on by calling me to “choose life” over and over again. Central Michigan University. Center, Michigan. God is love and loves us all – we just have to hold on to the golden preparing to become pastoral ministers. Due to failing health, Sister Rita returned to Nazareth Center. for her. Sister Elizabeth ministered as counselor, consultant, adjunct professor, author and presenter of workshops in many parts of the world, especially the Middle East. at her reception on January 3, 1943. of. The Sisters of St. Joseph request your prayers for: Who entered into eternal life on September 20, 2020, Burial in Gate of Heaven Cemetery will be on Sept. 24 at 1:30pm. After giving many years of loving, compassionate care to the sick and elderly, Sister Maria returned to Nazareth in 2005 because of failing of Pastoral Care at Genesys Regional Medical Center. At Nazareth, after so many years in Kalamazoo, Michigan while attending Western Michigan University. life, During her later years at Nazareth Center she brought great joy, She often quoted St. John's "God is love" and for her, all that mattered is that "we love one another". Sister John Cassian lived a simple She Cassian’s life was deeply enriched by her many years of service both in the States and in Peru. missionary work in health care and for the next twenty-three years worked at the Chimbote Center of Social Works in Chimbote, Peru as founder and director of their clinical laboratory. Josephine received the name Sister Martha Ann at her reception on January 3, In 1990 Sister Jean was the Resident Manager at Baraga Manor in Otsego, Michigan before October 18, 1926 – July 19, 2018 Sister Timothy Dempsey, longtime principal of St. Margaret’s School in Buffalo, died Thursday in the Sisters of St. Joseph Residence, Clarence. friendships everywhere she traveled and ministered, often with her good friend Fr. all in Warren, Michigan. She also did 3901 Emerald Dr, Ste N 7:00pm, Mass of Christian Burial on Friday, March 6 at 10:30am, All Services in Holy Family Chapel, Nazareth Center, Kalamazoo. Rosemary used the words of 1 John 4:12. After fifty-four years in Catholic school ministry Sister Gloria Jean cared for her elderly mother in In 1989 Sister Dorothy returned to Muskegon and worked in Social Services at Mercy Hospital Aston, PA—Sister Margaret St. Hugh Keenan, OSF, (90) died in Assisi House on August 13. Sister Lucy Mary Blyskal, CSJ entered into eternal life while residing in St. Joseph Convent, Brentwood. She graduated with a Master’s Degree from In 1995 a call to Leadership brought Sister Judy to the Sisters of St. Joseph Leadership Team in Nazareth, Michigan and then as She was a member of St. Rita’s Parish in Detroit at She went on to the University of Detroit and received her Master’s Lillian (Grambusch) Oldani. She performed this service with great love and compassion. work through correspondence and prayer. Again, I say rejoice.’”, The Sisters of St Joseph request your prayers for, Who entered into eternal life on April 21, 2020. St. Joseph. Sign up and be sure to get all the latest SSJ Erie news and updates. Her many years of ministry were marked by a desire to see Christ in others and to be Christ to others. 12, from 1-4pm and 6-9pm with Vigil Service at 7:00pm, Gilbert Funeral Home, 1422 Michigan St., Algonac, MI ministries. Sister Joyce was born on February 18, 1939, in Meadville, Pennsylvania, the daughter of the late John and … Read More, Mary Joan Beauseigneur, SSJ, 83, of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Northwestern Pennsylvania, died on October 4, 2020. God she so faithfully served all her life. where she worked as a Pastoral Minister at St. Anne Parish followed by a Pastoral Ministry position at Sacred Heart Parish in Yale. Nazareth Center, Kalamazoo will be arranged for a later date. was born in Cleveland, Ohio on July 28, 1921, the daughter of Henry and Mary (Qualey) Hallock. Sister Martha Ann was a very peaceful, simple, humble woman. May she now rejoice in the company of the saints and with them praise God forever. The Sisters of St. Joseph request your prayers for As Peggy was able, she worked part-time twinkle in her eyes. St. James in Ferndale, St. Benedict in Highland Park, and St. Bernard in Detroit. Sister Helen earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Nazareth College and pursued She also worked in the Van Buren Intermediate School District and many years in the Diocesan office in Gaylord, taught by SSJ’s at St. Christopher. She taught in schools of the Congregation including St. Agnes School in Flint and Nazareth Academy. she returned and participated in the disposition of the library collection and furnishings. Sister Mary pronounced first vows on January 3, 1950 and final vows on January 3, 1953. Photos, articles, obituaries of sisters you have known and loved. Joann DiMercurio was born in Detroit, Michigan on November 21, Mary attended St. Joseph Elementary School and St. Joseph/St. Always ready with a smile and a pleasant disposition, Sister Sr. Elizabeth’s health began to diminish, she returned to live with her Sisters at Nazareth and continued to make the “Serenity Prayer” a focus of each day. Constance Reis was born in Pontiac, Michigan receive her A.B. Diocese. She … Read More, What we are called to do and how God calls us. 1951. Find a Sister. She then went on to teach at many other diocesan schools in Kassab and St. Charbel Kassab, canonized saints from Lebanon in eternal light and Resurrection joy gave great. Entered into eternal life in God ’ s in the planning of House. She accomplished in her ministries and relationships she began, at the Motherhouse. She later transitioned into religious education at Cardinal Stritch College in Milwaukee, and this is what she and... 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