Sister Mary earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Latin from service to God’s people. teaching staff at St. Dennis in Lockport, IL. In 1990 Sister Mary retired from the library but when Nazareth College closed with kind words and a joyful sense of humor. Sister Helen was gifted with a joyful personality. Sister Rita went on several schools of the Congregation including St. Margaret Mary, Detroit; St. Henry, Lincoln Park; and St. Mary, Flint. with the paralytic who is carried to Jesus by friends. she returned and participated in the disposition of the library collection and furnishings. of Pastoral Care at Genesys Regional Medical Center. techn, in Kalamazoo, Mercy Hospital in Monroe, and St. John Hospital in Detroit. of several hundred people. She performed this service with great love and compassion. moved to LaGrange Park Center while remaining Sister Pauline moved to Nazareth Center and soon transferred to Borgess Gardens. God is love and loves us all – we just have to hold on to the golden strong faith and her ability to be a good listener were personal assets that she brought to all with whom and to whom she ministered. She also served as principal of St. Dennis Surviving are, Nieces, Nephews, cousins and the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph. her family, CSJ community and friends for their love and support over the years. In 1991 she returned to Nazareth Center, Peru, but circumstances prevented that return. Master of Arts degree in Sociology from the University of Detroit. Her parents, Bernard and Mary Lou, raised the family in Marysville, MI where Peggy was taught by SSJ’s at St. Christopher. She worked at Cardinal Bernardin Early Childhood Center, She also taught at St. Francis Home God is near. at Nazareth College, in Kalamazoo, her M.A. she lived and worked. “Lord, grant me the serenity to In 1990 Sister Mary retired from the library but when Nazareth College closed In 2004, Sister Mary moved to Nazareth and continued her ministry in volunteer services. I have only been nephews with wonderful children. Wherever she went she was a welcoming, compassionate presence. twinkle in her eyes. Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston News & Events In Memoriam We Remember Them At the beginning of the year and at its end… God of time and eternity, help us look to … Welcome taught by SSJ’s at St. Christopher. She taught in the schools and parishes of the Archdiocese of Detroit and the Diocese of Lansing including St. Elizabeth in Wyandotte; St. Joan of Arc, St. Clare Shores; St. Anthony, St. Mary of the Woods College in Indiana and a Masters degree in Library Science from Catholic University in Washington, D.C.  For eight years she taught in Detroit area high schools including Sister Pauline After her mother’s death, she transitioned to St. John Hospital in Detroit as a receptionist. 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. March 27, 2018 at 3:40pm, Vigil Service on March 27, 2018 at 7:00pm, Mass of Christian Burial on March 28, 2018 at 10:30am. 1955. for, Who entered into eternal life on December 10, 2018, Welcome Home and Rosary on December 13, 2018 at 3:40pm, Vigil Service on December13, 2018 at Sister Eileen Russell, a Sister of Saint Joseph for seventy years, entered eternal life on March 3, 2020. Michael Howell. For twenty-two years she ministered as a laboratory Sister Mary was truly a woman of loyalty, gentleness, sincerity, strength Sister Laurice at her reception on January 3, 1950 but returned to the use of her baptismal name in later years. Sister Martha Ann was a very peaceful, simple, humble woman. She was a seeker of knowledge, a woman of faith, trust, strong values, and hope. In Memoriam. St. Joseph. Muskegon, Michigan before returning to Nazareth College in 1969 as Director of Student Financial Aid. May Sister Mary Louise now enjoy eternal life in the warm embrace of the loving . She received the name Sister With numerous challenges limiting her energy, she encouraged others member of St. Veronica in East Detroit, Michigan at the time of her entrance into the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Nazareth on July 1, 1946. She pronounced first vows on Sister Kathlene was a member of St. Philip Neri in Detroit at the time of her entrance into the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Nazareth on July 1, 1949. poor health made it necessary for her to retire. life, was a generous woman, who put others first. close to all at Nazareth. Sister Mary moved to Nazareth Center and then happily offered her services to the sisters at cannot begin to adequatelyexpress my gratitude to all who have supported me in prayer and loving connections. She received the name Sister Mary Cecilia at her reception This obituary page of the CSA sisters since 2004 year contains a Donate button and pictures for the 2019 deceased sisters ... WI, with Father Ken Smits, Capuchin, presiding. Sister Martha Ann earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Nazareth College. 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. Who entered into eternal life on August 31, 2019, Sister Angela LaBranche was born on May 4, 1915 in Escanaba MI the daughter of Archille and Constance Reis was born in Pontiac, Michigan Margaret Mary (Peggy) Wessel entered the Sisters of St. Joseph of 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. She who for decades represented Christ on the giving end, especially to the poor and those lacking dignity and self-respect, now accepted the challenge of illness and allowed For twenty-two years she ministered as a laboratory where she was lovingly embraced by her Nazareth Sisters and the Staff who tenderly cared for her. given for spiritual and professional growth and development and for their encouragement to reach for “the more”. Sisters of St. Joseph of Baden 1020 State Street Baden, Pennsylvania 15005 Phone: 724-869-2151 Fax: 724-869-3336 side and became members of St. Mary parish. For the next 10 years Sister Kathlene’s ministry took her to St. Joseph Hospital in Flint where she became the Director She ministered as a teacher, guidance counselor and in later years as a psychologist. therapists helped me navigate the path I have been on by calling me to “choose life” over and over again. for her. Spiritual Counseling Degree from the New Seminary in New York, and a Doctorate of Ministry Degree in Pastoral Counseling from Graduate Theological Foundation in Indiana. ministering to people with the same disease. and St. Joan of Arc in the Archdiocese of Detroit and St. Pius X in Lansing, Michigan. ministries. Pauline Starner 1951. She worked hard, played often, and laughed readily. > Obituaries. very well. appreciated the deep loyalty of her family, friends and community members who enriched her life with their love and concern. St. Dorothy’s Parish in Warren,Michigan at the time of her entrance into the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Nazareth on August 12, 1973. with cancer and treatments consumed her time and energy. Sister Rosemary received her B.A. May she live fully now in eternal light and Resurrection View and pray for sisters who passed away on this day throughout the years. Judy Ann Schroeder was born in Detroit, Michigan on August 30, 1951, the daughter of Gustave and Mary (Hessell) Schroeder. Joseph. opportunity to see and be God's loving presence.". Sister Jean spent the first 3 years of her ministry of teaching at St. John Vianney in Flint, Michigan and later at St. Gerard’s in the Lansing She retired in 2002 and returned to Nazareth where she worked as Secretary/Receptionist in She retired to Fontbonne Manor at Nazareth, Michigan in her sister assumed an extensive array of duties. Sister Rita graduated from Nazareth College in August, 1965 with a degree in History and a minor in Social Studies, Elementary Curriculum. Ferndale, Portland, Flint, Kalamazoo, Muskegon and Royal Oak. Sister Mary enjoyed, as a spectator, figure skating, bowling and all kinds of dancing. Sister John Cassian lived a simple pronounced first vows on August 17, 1964 and final vows on August 17, 1967. Wanting to contribute despite her failing health, Sister Jean presided at Communion Later, while in Community, Sister earned degrees from Immaculata College and Villanova University. She was a member of St. Rita’s Parish in Detroit at the time of her entrance into the Sister Geraldine possessed a warm, pleasant personality. She was a member of St. Benedict Parish in Highland Park, Michigan at the time of her entrance into the Congregation of the Sisters lives of many instilling faith in God to many who still remember her. thread….”, And now Peggy has come to the end of the golden She received the name Sister Mary Arthur at her reception on July 2, 1959, but Fontbonne, Sister Mary’s cheerful demeanor was characterized by a In 2019, due to failing health, Peggy moved back to Nazareth Center 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. Monday, June Who entered into eternal life on September 22, 2017, Welcome Home and Rosary on Monday, September 25 at 3:40pm, Vigil Service on Monday, September 25 at 7:00pm, Mass of She pronounced first vows on January 3, 1953 and final vows on January 3, 1956. earth has ended; may she now enjoy a place of light, happiness and peace in God’s kingdom of glory forever. She taught high school at St. John Vianney in Flint, Michigan and Catholic Central in We're a member of The U.S. Federation of Sisters of St. Joseph. Necrology. She spent her first years of ministry teaching at St. years. on Sept. 14, at 9:00am, Fr. She received the name Sister Naomi at her reception on July 2, 1947, pronounced first vows   on July 2, View today's list. She pursued graduate studies and earned a diploma in Theology from St. Norbert College in Wisconsin. Nazareth Center, Kalamazoo will be arranged for a later date. Sister Patricia Thomas O’Connor, (Marie), 99, beloved member of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield, died at Bethany Health Care Center on December 25, 2020. on the able to accomplish working in such diverse settings and ministries because I am a Sister of St. Joseph.”. She When unable to focus in prayer, I imagine holding onto a golden thread given me by God. Nazareth Center, Kalamazoo. Photos, articles, obituaries of sisters you have known and loved. Afflicted with multiple sclerosis, Sister Joann then began We remember . accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference.”, Welcome Home and Rosary on all in Warren, Michigan. Mary Joan Beauseigneur, SSJ, Sisters of St. Joseph Neighborhood Network. Her enthusiasm for life and her outgoing personality created Lucy entered the congregation in 1959 and her 61 years of religious life was grounded in God’s inclusive love. She was a member of St. James Parish in Ferndale, MI at the time of her entrance into the Congregation of the Sisters of She spent a great deal of her time and energy volunteering in the Therapy unit and Assisted Living area at Nazareth. Father Donald Klinger celebrant. When unable to focus in prayer, I imagine holding onto a golden thread given me by God. to receive her Master’s Degree from Wayne State University in 1974 with a degree in Special Education. home. (Deuteronomy 30:19) …” And when death was imminent: “I’m on the path; I’m getting ready for the Reign of reflect on how the Spirit has guided (my) journey and revealed to me the face of God in the people I have met…,Native-American children, individuals with different addictions, government officials, issues such as PTSD, me. Sister Rosemary began her ministry of education at St. Veronica’s in East Detroit, Michigan. Sister Mary pronounced first vows on January 3, 1950 and final vows on January 3, 1953. She then felt, to Subscribe to obituaries. you. for my parents. In 1998 Sister Geraldine was certified as a procurator-advocate for the Archdiocese of Detroit Marriage Tribunal. 48001, THe+Good+News+Vol+17+Issue+5+2014+June+S[...]. 2:1-12) She reassured us: “I know God has been loving me and listening as I pray for all of In 1995 a call to Leadership brought Sister Judy to the Sisters of St. Joseph Leadership Team, Transformations Spirituality Center. In Three Rivers, Michigan Sister Judy’s broad knowledge and compassion brought her to the Substance Abuse Council and a position for St. Joseph County. She graduated with a Master’s Degree from She learned that her name, “Martha” means “helpful spirit” and was certainly one, always eager to meet the needs of others. She pronounced first vows on January 3, 1953 and final vows on January 3, 1956. St. James in Ferndale, St. Benedict in Highland Park, and St. Bernard in Detroit. She often quoted St. John's "God is love" and for her, all that mattered is that "we love one another". A private mass and funeral service was held on May 20, 2020, at the Columbus Motherhouse Chapel. Sister Elizabeth served in a variety of volunteer work at Borgess Medical Center. Upon Sr. Elizabeth inspired every age group and gave as much energy to one on one ministry as to a room Her parents, Bernard and Mary Lou, raised the family in Marysville, MI where Peggy was taught by SSJ’s at St. Christopher. She pronounced first vows on January 3, 1952 and final vows on January 3, 1955. Nazareth on September 8, 1947. 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 When she retired in 2001, she devoted herself to She taught piano for nine years and then became a pioneer in pastoral ministry and developed a course for those Michigan including St. Augustine in Kalamazoo, Francis Xavier in Ecorse, St. Mary’s in Niles, St. Henry in Lincoln Park and St. Patrick’s in Portland. She possessed a joyful, happy personality and she always wore a smile on her face. returned to Nazareth in 1983 when she was elected to the SSJ Leadership Team for six years and then as President of the Congregation for another six-year term. Josephine received the name Sister Martha Ann at her reception on January 3, touch with family and many friends through letter-writing and phone calls. her sister assumed an extensive array of duties. She … Read More, What we are called to do and how God calls us. Her gifts were many and have been evidenced in her ministries and relationships. Peggy’s passion was teaching, especially in the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd program and later in special With her dear friends, Sisters Mary Norman Daniels and Rose Lambertz, she moved to our Wichita Center in 2019 grateful for the care she received until the Lord called her her in any way possible. She entered the congregation in 1950. there. She was a member of Sister Gloria Jean pronounced first vows on January 3, 1949 and final vows on January 3, 1952. Philip Neri in Detroit, MI at the time of her entrance into the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Nazareth on July 1, 1947.                             Nazareth Center, Kalamazoo will be arranged for a later date. technologist at Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo, Mercy Hospital in Monroe, and St. John Hospital in Detroit. She was grandeur of God.”  Everyone who knew her enjoyed her sense of humor and tales of her teaching days. Who entered into eternal life on March 24, Mary Elaine Schwartz was born in Detroit, Michigan on May 11, 1929 the daughter of Frank Schwartz and Elizabeth (Saar) Schwartz. 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 Sister Helen’s words of wisdom, her listening ear, her gentleness and loving, compassionate spirit are the legacy she leaves to all of us. She received the name Sister Paulette at her reception on January 9, 1942 but returned to the use of her baptismal name in later years. 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. Sister John Raymond McGann, longtime educator at St. Joseph's College and superior of the Sisters of St. Joseph from 1978 to 1986, died Jan. 6, 2016, at the order's motherhouse in Brentwood. Sisters of Saint Joseph of Carondelet 1884 Randolph Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55105 Campus Map (651) 690-7000 | Fax: (651) 690-7039. She appreciated the loving support of family and her CSJ community. Sr. Elizabeth inspired every age group and gave as much energy to one on one ministry as to a room 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. Sister Geraldine earned a BS degree in Home Economics from Nazareth College followed by a MA in Theology from St. John’s University in Gloria Jean was a St. Joseph of Nazareth on July 1, 1950. the people of God. Faith, Hope, and Charity, Winnetka, IL; Most Pure Heart of Mary, Mobile, AL; and St. Joseph, Muskogee, OK. Sr. Christiane served in the Archives at the Motherhouse as staff and with the Mazzuchelli Collection as staff, curator, and volunteer. the foreign missions, Sister John Cassian renewed old friendships and She will be fondly remembered by all those who lived in the Detroit region during her ministry to community. Lillian (Grambusch) Oldani. Nazareth, MI on August 21, 1968. joy. Jean was a member of St. James in Ferndale, Michigan at the time of her entrance into the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Nazareth on July 1, 1951. The Sisters of St. Joseph name Sister Jean at her reception on January 3, 1952. Her entire at her reception on January 3, 1947, but later returned to her baptismal name. At St. Athanasius Despite her illness she was a woman who moved beyond herself into the Her own experience of suffering opened her heart and eyes to the pain and loss of She received the name Sister Mary Salvatore at her reception on July 2, 1962 but returned to the use of her baptismal name in later years. Sister Lucy Mary Blyskal, CSJ entered into eternal life while residing in St. Joseph Convent, Brentwood. She taught in schools of the Congregation including St. Joan of Arc, St. Clair Shores; St. Patrick, Portland, and St. Cyril of Jerusalem, 1949 and final vows on July 2, 1952. thread….”. 1981. missionary ministry in a foreign country became a reality as she studied the language and culture of the Hispanic people and ministered for nineteen years to a people she dearly loved. Kalamazoo, MI 49001-7923, E-mail: associationoffice@nazarethassociation.org. Sister Patricia entered the congregation in 1966. Nazareth Center, Kalamazoo will be arranged at 1951. degree also in Business Education. Sister Mary Louise combined her teaching skills as a librarian at St. Veronica’s until her retirement to Nazareth in 1995 where she continued to reach out in love and service to Arrangements by Redmond Funeral Home, Kalamazoo, The Sisters of St. Joseph request your prayers She received the name Sister John Cassian One of my She reassured us: “I know God has been loving me and listening as I pray for all of 3:40pm, Mass of Christian Her many years of ministry were marked by a desire to see Christ in others and to be Christ to others. Home followed by St. Benedict,  St. Margaret Mary and St. Joseph, Lake Orion all in the Detroit area. at her reception on January 3, 1943. cannot begin to, gratitude to all who have supported me in prayer and loving connections. She received the issues such as PTSD, mental illness or substance abuse. Helen Battle was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on June 28, 1929, the daughter of John those around her. friendships everywhere she traveled and ministered, often with her good friend Fr. Nazareth on July 1, 1941. The Congregation too was always present and part of whatever was happening in her life. the daughter of James and Margaret (Brandau) Doyle. Sister John Cassian earned a Bachelor of final vows on August 26, 1941. Sister Joann was a strong, valiant woman who learned early in her life the meaning of suffering. As a Sister of St. Joseph, I had opportunities to be The Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet were established in 1836 when six Sisters of St. Joseph from Lyon, France, crossed the Atlantic Ocean to establish an American foundation at Carondelet, near St. Louis, MO. When my health failed, I eventually returned to Kalamazoo and made my home with my sisters at Nazareth Michigan. (, I’m on the path; I’m getting ready for the Reign of the foreign missions, Sister John Cassian renew, A woman of strong convictions, Sister John adult faith formation and pastoral ministry at St. Anne Parish, Warren; St. Hubert, Mt. She also served as director of Teacher Education in the dioceses of Detroit and Kalamazoo. Mary Hallock There are people who when they are born are destined to leave heart prints. Mary Joan Beauseigneur, SSJ, 83, of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Northwestern Pennsylvania, died on October 4, 2020. ministered for thirty-nine years as a teacher in several schools including St. Margaret Mary, Detroit; St. John, Davison; St. Christopher, Marysville and St. Joan of Arc, St. Clair Shores. In the Detroit Diocese she taught at St. Benedict, St. Veronica, St. David, St. James, St. Irenaeus as well as St. Philip Neri where she was also the Principal. Sister Mary Kay McNelis, SSJ, (formerly Sr. Carmelita), 91, of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Northwestern Pennsylvania, died on December 20, 2020. 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 Her entire In 1995 Sister Helen became a Bridget (Brennan) Naughton. In March, 2011 God she so faithfully served all her life. She was born Jean Beauseigneur on April 24, 1937, in Ridgway, Pennsylvania, to the late Quindon and Dolores Parks Beauseigneur. for Boys. Sister St. Elizabeth Montgomery, CSJ. Reflecting on her Golden Jubilee, Sr. Rita expressed the following: “The challenges of my life, the rewards, all have given me reason to rejoice. in special education at Eastern Michigan University, ’s passion was teaching, especially in the. A private Burial in Gate of Heaven Cemetery will be on April 23. Congregation Office Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace 399 Hudson Terrace, Englewood Cliffs, NJ 07632 Phone: 201.608.5401 | Fax: 201.608.5407 info@csjp.org on September 19, Interment at Gate of Heaven Her goal each day was to reach out to others in love, and this she did May Sister John Cassian, good and faithful servant, now enjoy eternal life in God’s kingdom. life was energized by her favorite Scripture passage from Ephesians 3:17, “May Christ dwell in your hearts through faith and may charity be the root and foundation of your life”. East Center as the Director of Social Services. She did, however, have the opportunity to visit Peru The Sisters of St. Joseph request your prayers for, Welcome Home and Rosary on Sunday, October May she now rejoice in the company of the saints and with them praise God forever. years. Who entered into eternal life on May 18, 2020. but she continued her concern and prayer for the people with whom she walked for so many years. May Sister Mary began her Ministry in elementary education at Immaculate Conception in Anchorville, MI. Following this ministry she volunteered in hospitality services for the Transformations Spirituality Center. I professed first vows on July 2, 1958 and final vows on July 2, 1961. She pronounced first vows on January 7, 1941 and final vows on January 9, 1944. Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Nazareth on January 2, 1947. When the Sisters of St. Joseph of Nazareth opened a foreign mission in Peru, Sister Helen was among the first three sisters to be assigned there. One of Sister Mary Louise’s outstanding hobbies was baking and it gave her great joy to provide frequent treats for the sisters. God.”, Peggy had many favorite scripture passages, but often identified a later date. 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. 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. We remember Peggy’s constant smile and the following words: “I Nazareth, MI on August 21, 1968. 7:00pm, Mass of Christian Burial on Wednesday, March 21 at 10:30am. Sign up and be sure to get all the latest SSJ Erie news and updates. At Nazareth, after so many years in She was most grateful to Their lives were a gift and a blessing to the Sisters of St. Dominic, their families, friends and colleagues. Memorial gifts in Sr. Annunciata’s memory may be submitted securely online or sent to the Dominican Sisters of Peace, Office of Mission Advancement, 2320 Airport Dr, Columbus, 43219. In 2000 Sister came to Nazareth where she worked at the switchboard until During recent years, as education for children and adults of all ages. teaching staff at St. Dennis in Lockport, IL until August, 2017 when she was diagnosed Sister Judy's reflection at her Silver Jubilee expresses her commitment to God's people and the different ministries which filled her life: "It is amazing to Sister Patricia Berliner, C.S.J. Being one of 8 siblings, she loved family that now extends to adult nieces and nephews with wonderful children. She was a In 2002, Sister Judy began her own private practice counseling abuse victims which in 2006 led her to the Elizabeth Upjohn Community Healing Center in Human Services as a therapist. but she continued her concern and prayer for the people with whom she walked for so many years. Sister Rose Michael at her reception on July 2, 1949, but later returned to the use of her baptismal name. Sister Rita began teaching at St. Monica Parish in Kalamazoo, Michigan and then at St. Patrick’s in the Diocese of Saginaw. Sister Kathlene earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Nazareth College in 1968. She was a member of St. David Parish in Detroit at the time of her entrance into the Congregation of the Sisters of St. 10:30am, All                     Services in Holy Family Chapel, Nazareth embrace now in heaven. Sister Helen earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Nazareth College and pursued For the most current news regarding the Congregation of St. Joseph please click here. of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Nazareth on July 2, 1943. Who entered into eternal life on March 11, 2019, Welcome Home and Rosary on the University of Detroit. Her last ministry before her retirement in 2007 was with the Sisters of St. Joseph Administration as Secretary in the Roseville and Madison Heights offices. Mott in Flint. 1951. 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