In Memoriam

Sister Marie Bohn, H.M., formerly Sister Mary Claude, died Wednesday, September 8, 2021 at Villa Maria Community Center.

Sr. Marie generously dedicated herself in active ministry for 54 years as an educator, pastoral minister, campus minister and spiritual director.

In the Cleveland diocese she taught at St. Raphael, Bay Village and St. James, Lakewood. She served as a pastoral minister at St. Henry, Cleveland and St. Monica, Garfield Heights and was campus minister at Cuyahoga Community College, Cleveland. She provided free-lance retreat work and spiritual direction for 19 years from an office at Sr. Hilary Church, Fairlawn.

In the Youngstown diocese she taught at St. John the Baptist, Canton; St. Paul, Salem; and St. Edward Jr. High, Youngstown. She also served as principal and teacher at St. Joseph, Ashtabula.

Her ministry on college campuses, in retreat work and offering spiritual direction included Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana; University of Michigan, Gabriel Richard Center, Dearborn, Michigan; St. Francis Center and the Christian Family Center in Cincinnati. 

In 2017 she returned to Villa Maria Community Center, Villa Maria, Pennsylvania where she joined her sisters in the ministry of prayer until her death.

She is survived by her sisters in the Humility of Mary Congregation, three nieces, one nephew, and their families.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Carl and Margaret (nee Pischulla) Bohn; her sister, Joan Kramer, and her brother, Paul T. Bohn.

Services and burial will be private as Villa Maria Community Center is still closed to visitors. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at a later date.
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Date of Birth: October 9, 1929 │ Age: 91
Place of Birth: Cleveland, Ohio

Memorial contributions may be sent to
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PO Box 534
Villa Maria PA 16155


Sister Deborah "Debbie" Barker, H.M., of Parma, Ohio, died Monday, September 6, 2021 at University Hospital in Cleveland.

Sr. Debbie ministered as a dedicated elementary teacher for 20 years loving the little ones in her care with all her heart. She was a liver transplant recipient through the organ transplant program of LifeBanc, Cleveland.

In the Cleveland Diocese, she served as a teacher at Ss. Philip & James, Cleveland; St. James, Lakewood; Ascension, Cleveland; Academy of St. Bartholomew, Middleburg Heights; St. Richard, North Olmsted; and ABLE - ESL program. She volunteered with LifeBanc in Cleveland, and was a staff member at Heartbeats, Rocky River. Sr. Debbie also tutored at St. Columbkille School and Holy Family School in Parma. In the Youngstown Diocese, she taught at St. Patrick, Kent. Sr. Debbie most recently joined her sisters in the HM Ministry of Prayer, where she served until her death.

She is survived by her sisters in the Humility of Mary Congregation; her brothers, Michael and Steven Barker; and her sisters, Kathleen Kowalczyk, Coleen Barker-Williamson, Maureen Shreves, and Nancy Barker.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert E. and Sheila (Finan) Barker, and her sisters, Cynthia Knicely and Susan Jaskowick.
Barker,Debbie

Date of Birth: January 13, 1957 │ Age: 64
Place of Birth: Akron, Ohio

Memorial contributions may be sent to
Sisters of the Humility of Mary
Development Office
PO Box 534
Villa Maria PA 16155


Sister Rita Henley, H.M., formerly Sr. Mary St. Edna, SND, died Tuesday, August 31, 2021 at Villa Maria Community Center.

Sr. Rita dedicated herself for 52 years in active ministry as an elementary teacher, principal, counselor and pastoral minister. 

Her teaching assignments in the Cleveland diocese included St. Mary, Elyria; St. Peter, North Ridgeville; and Gesu, University Heights. She served for 13 years as a pastoral minister then volunteered at Our Lady of Angels Parish, Cleveland.

In the Youngstown Diocese she taught at Ss. Philip and James, Canal Fulton and St. Paul, Salem.  Sr. Rita served as principal for seven years at St. Brendan School, Youngstown.

Sr. Rita also has been an alcohol counselor at the Alcohol Clinic in Youngstown and St. Vincent Charity Hospital, Cleveland. She returned to Villa Maria Community Center in 2018 where she joined with her sisters in the Ministry of Prayer until her death.

Since we are unable to gather together in Magnificat Chapel for a funeral Mass due to the pandemic, Sr. Rita will be buried in a private ceremony. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at a later date.

She is survived by her sisters in the HM Community and her cousin, Coletta Stetz. She was preceded in death by her parents, Cornelius and Edna (Yeager) Henley, and her cousin, Dorothy Cox.  
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Date of Birth: August 6, 1931 │ Age: 90
Place of Birth: Barberton, Ohio

Memorial contributions may be sent to
Sisters of the Humility of Mary
Development Office
PO Box 534
Villa Maria PA 16155


Sister Dolores Bourquin, H.M., formerly Sr. Peter Fourier, died Monday, May 31, 2021 at Villa Maria Community Center.

Sister Dolores Bourquin was a dedicated educator who served in schools and parish religious education positions for 51 years in the Cleveland, Pittsburgh and Youngstown dioceses. In the Cleveland diocese she taught at St. James, Lakewood and was pupil personnel director at St. Raphael, Bay Village and DRE and pastoral minister at Our Lady of Victory, Tallmadge prior to serving as a certified school counselor at Villa Montessori Center, Cleveland. In the Youngstown diocese she taught at St. Joseph, Massillon and was a teacher and later DRE at St. Patrick, Hubbard. In addition to teaching at Our Lady of Grace, Pittsburgh [Scott Twp] she also served as co-director of the Humility of Mary Associates and was a volunteer at Villa Maria Community Center. At the time of her death she was celebrating her 70th anniversary as a Sister of the Humility of Mary.

Her services and burial will be private since Villa Maria Community Center continues to be closed due to the pandemic. A memorial Mass will be celebrated at a later date.

She is survived by her sisters in the HM Community; her sister, Martha "Marti" Howard; her brother, Paul Bourquin; and nieces and nephews and their families. She was preceded in death by her parents, George and Marcella (Moledar) Bourquin, and her sisters Doris Fabian (her twin) and Therese Strabley.  
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Date of Birth: April 5, 1932 │ Age: 89
Place of Birth: Canton, Ohio

Memorial contributions may be sent to
Sisters of the Humility of Mary
Development Office
PO Box 534
Villa Maria PA 16155


Sister Mary Hoover, H.M., formerly Sr. M. Carlanne, died Tuesday, May 18, 2021 at Villa Maria Community Center.

Sister Mary Hoover dedicated her ministry as a registered nurse to serving the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of those in her care.

After graduating from Sr. John College, Cleveland with her BSN in 1966 she served at St. Elizabeth Hospital, Youngstown. She then joined the pastoral care team at Cleveland Clinic Hospital, Cleveland where she served for 10 years.

Sr. Mary served her sisters in community for over 20 years as the community liaison to her sisters who were hospitalized primarily in Northeast Ohio. 

More recently from 2003 to 2018 she ministered as a pastoral care volunteer at Humility House in Austintown.

In 2018 she returned to Villa Maria Community Center where she joined her sisters in the Ministry of Prayer. She celebrated her 60th jubilee in religious life in 2020.

Her services and burial will be private since Villa Maria Community Center continues to be closed due to the pandemic. A memorial Mass will be celebrated at a later date.

She is survived by her sisters in the HM Community; her sisters, Martha Hoover, Susan Blythe, and Jane Sandor; and her brothers, Fred, John, Ben, and Hal Hoover. She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles [Ben] and Beth Anna (Finney) Hoover.    
                                 
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Date of Birth: August 14, 1941 │ Age: 79
Place of Birth: Youngstown, Ohio

Memorial contributions may be sent to
Sisters of the Humility of Mary
Development Office
PO Box 534
Villa Maria PA 16155


Sister Rose Mary Schmidt, H.M., formerly Sr. Rosalie, died Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital.

Sister Rose Mary Schmidt shared her many gifts and talents in the ministries of education, hospitality, pastoral care and administration.

In the Cleveland Diocese she served as principal at St. James, Lakewood.

She taught at St. Patrick, Hubbard and was principal at St. Louis, Louisville and St. Pius X, Warren all in the Youngstown Diocese.

Her 30 years ministering in the Pittsburgh diocese included teaching and serving as principal at St. Agatha and later Ellwood City Catholic Schools, Ellwood City. Sr. Rose Mary ministered at Villa Maria Community Center where she was director of hospitality and later administrative coordinator at Villa Maria Retreat Center. She served as assistant administrator of VMCC and director of Sister Services prior to becoming a volunteer member of the Pastoral Team where she was serving at the time of her death. Sr. Rose Mary also participated in the HM Prayer Ministry. She was celebrating her 70th anniversary as a Sister of the Humility of Mary.

Her services and burial will be private since Villa Maria Community Center continues to be closed due to the pandemic. A memorial Mass will be celebrated at a later date.

She is survived by her sisters in the HM Community; her brother, Raymond Schmidt; her sister, Vivian Gresser; and many nieces and nephews, grand and great grandnieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Frank J. and Florence (Heck) Schmidt; her brothers, Floyd “Bud” Schmidt, Rev. John W. Schmidt, and Francis “Frank” Schmidt; and her sisters, Rita Wagner and Shirley Schmidt.                                      

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Date of Birth: January 16, 1932 │ Age: 89
Place of Birth: Massillon, Ohio

Memorial contributions may be sent to
Sisters of the Humility of Mary
Development Office
PO Box 534
Villa Maria PA 16155


Sister Jeannette Abi-Nader, H.M., formerly Sr. de Sales, died Tuesday, October 27, 2020 at Villa Maria Community Center.

Sister Jeannette Abi-Nader earned her BA from Seton Hill College, Greensburg, PA; her MA from the University of Notre Dame and her PhD from Georgia State University, Atlanta. She applied her education as she dedicated her ministry both in secondary and higher education in several institutions across the States and in six dioceses.

In the Youngstown Diocese she taught briefly at St. Brendan, Youngstown and for ten years at Canton Central Catholic High School.

While in the Cleveland Diocese she taught at Magnificat High School, Rocky River and later served on the Leadership Team of the Sisters of the Humility of Mary at the HM Ministry Center.

For 13 years she served in the Archdiocese of Atlanta at St. Pius X High School, Atlanta as a teacher and media specialist. While pursuing her PhD in Curriculum and Instruction, she was an instructor in the Graduate School of Education at Georgia State University in Atlanta.

In the Diocese of South Bend, Indiana she was an assistant professor in communication arts at the University of Notre Dame during ten summers.

Sr. Jeannette served in the Spokane Diocese from 1988-2002 as an associate professor of teacher education and doctoral studies in education at Gonzaga University and as an adjunct professor from 2002-12 when she directed students in their doctoral dissertations. 

In the Pittsburgh Diocese she served as assistant principal and teacher at Villa Maria High School, Villa Maria, PA and as a research assistant and post-doctoral fellow at the University of Pittsburgh. After leaving Spokane she resided in New Wilmington, PA where she served in the Ministry of Prayer and worked on special projects for the HM Congregation at nearby Villa Maria. After retiring to Villa Maria Community Center in 2018, she joined with her sisters in community in the Ministry of Prayer until her death.

Due to the current pandemic, her burial has taken place in the Sisters’ Cemetery at Villa Maria.  A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at a later date.

She is survived by her sisters in the HM Community; her sister, Bernadette Nader Lazo, Morgan Hill, California; her brothers, Sheb Abi-Nader, Virginia Beach, Virginia, Frank Abi-Nader, Fair Oaks, California, and Boutros (Bud) Abi-Nader, Orangevale, California; and many loving nieces and nephews and their families

She was preceded in death by her parents, Boutros and Mary (Azizzy) Nader, and a brother, Richard Nader.

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Date of Birth: January 9, 1933 │ Age: 87
Place of Birth: Abdelly, Boutroun, Rep. of Lebanon

Memorial contributions may be sent to
Sisters of the Humility of Mary
Development Office
PO Box 534
Villa Maria PA 16155


Sister Julie Demchak, H.M., formerly Sr. Pauletta, died Tuesday, March 17, 2020 at Villa Maria Community Center.

Sister Julie Demchak faithfully dedicated herself for 45 years in the ministry of education in the Cleveland, Pittsburgh and Youngstown dioceses.

In the Cleveland diocese she taught at St. Raphael, Bay Village; St. Philip Neri, Cleveland; and St. Mary, Painesville and was principal at Ss. Philip & James, Cleveland; St. Richard, North Olmsted; and St. Albert the Great, North Royalton.

In the Youngstown diocese she taught at St. Barbara, Massillon, and St. Edward, Youngstown and was a teacher and then principal at St. Joseph, Ashtabula. She served for many years as an outreach volunteer in various Stark County locations.

Sr. Julie taught at Our Lady of Grace, Pittsburgh and was a pastoral care volunteer with the sisters in Visitation Hall at Villa Maria for several years prior to taking up residency at Villa Maria Community Center. She shared in the Ministry of Prayer and Ministry of faith-filled presence until her death. Sr. Julie was celebrating her 70th jubilee this year.

Sr. Julie was a kind and loving sister of the Humility of Mary whose life readily suggests that these hard times offer the opportunity to extend love and compassion to others. While we stay home and practice social distancing, we can phone a friend or family member to offer words of love and compassion and even a virtual hug; or check on senior citizens especially those who live alone; or drop off a meal for someone.

Let us also join in prayer asking God’s loving kindness for the needs of the world. “The Lord is kind and merciful.” Psalm 103.

Due to the current situation regarding gatherings in church, her burial has taken place in the Sisters’ Cemetery at Villa Maria. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at a later date.

She is survived by her sisters in the HM Community and several nieces and nephews and their families.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Stephen and Theresa (Buro) Demchak; her brothers, Michael Demchak and John Paul "Joner" Demchak; and her sisters, Jo Luther, Anne Marie Demchak, and Mary Schumacher.

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Date of Birth: February 7, 1931 │ Age: 89
Place of Birth: Canton, Ohio

Memorial contributions may be sent to
Sisters of the Humility of Mary
Development Office
PO Box 534
Villa Maria PA 16155