|Gesu School - Class of 1963|
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... for the Class of 1963 through the years. Those marked with a † are now deceased. Information regarding the religious has been made available courtesy of the Chardon Province Archivist, Sisters of Notre Dame.
Many teachers were from the Sisters of Notre Dame (S.N.D.), Chardon Province.
Occasionally, some of the priests of the parish would visit the classes. They were Jesuits of the Society of Jesus (S.J.), Detroit Province.
Sr. Mary Alindis, S.N.D., a member of the Sisters of Notre Dame for 46 years and a former principal of two Cleveland Catholic schools, died March 28, 1960 of a heart attack. She was 64.
Sister Alindis collapsed on the grounds of Gesu Catholic Church in University Heights on her way to early mass. She taught at Gesu School. She had suffered from a heart ailment for several years, but was able to teach.
She was the former Elizabeth Romerscheidt, a native of Solingen, Germany. She entered the order in Germany in 1913, coming here as a novice the following year. She was professed in 1916:
An intermediate teacher for more than 40 years, Sister Alindis had been teaching the fourth grade at Gesu the last two years. She had taught for 12 years at St. Francis School, Cleveland and had also been at St. Peter and St. Benedict schools, Cleveland, and at schools in Amherst and Massillon.
While at St. Francis School, Cleveland, she was also a demonstration teacher at the Notre Dame Normal School at 1325 Ansel Road before the establishment of the former Sisters College.
She had also been principal of three schools, St. Andrew and Holy Redeemer, Cleveland and St, Joseph in Randolph, Portage County.
Sr. Mary Alphonsia, S.N.D., 79, a grade school teacher for 53 years, died Tuesday, March 31, 1964 in the infirmary at Notre Dame Educational Center, Chardon, where she had been a patient 10 months.
The former Anna Mayleben was born in Covington, Kentucky. She entered the Sisters of Notre Dame in Cleveland in 1904 and was professed in 1906. She taught in primary and intermediate grades from 1906 until her retirement in 1959.
She taught in the Cleveland area at Our Lady of Lourdes School, Notre Dame Academy, when it had its grade school, St. Mary, Elyria, and Gesu. She also taught at St. Peter and St. John, Canton; St. Mary, Massillon, and Notre Dame Academy, Toledo. She was mistress of aspirants at the convent from 1935 to 1941. Her last assignment was teaching the third and fourth grades at Gesu School from 1950 to 1959.
Sr. Mary Louis Anthony, S.N.D. withdrew from the Sisters of Notre Dame.
Sr. Mary Clareanne, S.N.D. is now known as Sr. Evelyn Mary Satanek, S.N.D. and is living at the Notre Dame Education Center, Chardon OH.
Sr. Mary Eugenius, S.N.D. of the Sisters of Notre Dame was devoted to education. For 59 years, she served in schools across the country as teacher and principal. For the last year, she was assigned as a secretary at the Sisters of Notre Dame provincial house in Chardon.
As Eva Zimmerman, she entered the Sisters of Notre Dame from St. Paul parish in Norwalk in 1924 and graduated from Notre Dame Academy in Cleveland the same year. She made her first vows in 1926 and final vows in 1932.
She earned a bachelor of science degree in education from former St. John College in 1934 and a master's degree from St. Louis University in 1942. She taught primary and intermediate grades for 33 years.
From 1949 to 1955, she was principal at the Campus School of Catholic University in Washington, D.C. The following 10 years, she taught at St. Stephen in Cleveland, then was principal six years at Gesu School in University Heights from 1955 to 1961.
She was also a teacher and administrator at St. Ann School in Arlington, Va. (1964-1970); St. Peter in North, Ridgeville, St. Michael in Cleveland, Sacred Heart Academy in Winchester, Va., St. Jude in Elyria and St. Paschal Baylon in Highland Heights.
Sister Eugenius, 80, died October 18, 1985 at Geauga Community Hospital in Chardon.
Sr. Mary Francelia, S.N.D. is living at Notre Dame convent in Thousand Oaks, California.
Sr. Mary Immaculae, S.N.D. is now known as Sr. Mary Alice Slowey, S.N.D. and is living at Notre Dame Education Center, Chardon OH.
Sr. Mary Jacinte, S.N.D. withdrew from the Sisters of Notre Dame.
Sr. Mary John Paul, S.N.D. is now living at Saint Mary Convent, Chardon OH.
Sr. Mary Kenan, S.N.D. is now known as Sr. Ann Mary McLaughlinm S.N.D. and is living at Greenwold Convent, South Euclid OH.
Sr. Mary Rachel, S.N.D. is now known as Sr. Donna Galetovich, S.N.D. and is now living at Saint Anthony Convent, Parma OH.
Sr. Mary Ronauld, S.N.D. is now living at Regina High School Convent, South Euclid OH.
Sr. Mary Verone, S.N.D. (Agnes Elizabeth Wohlwend), 90, of Notre Dame Educational Center in Chardon, died April 27, 1999 at Regina Health Center in Richfield.
Agnes Elizabeth, the fourth of eleven children of John and Veronica (nee Kline) Wohlwend was born in Suffield, Ohio. She grew up in this loving family and as an active member of St. Joseph Parish, Randolph, Ohio. After graduation from the parish elementary school in 1924, she attended Notre Dame Academy in Cleveland. She became a postulant in February, 1928, graduated from high school in June, and was invested as a Sister of Notre Dame in August of the same year. Sister pronounced her first profession of vows in 1930.
Besides her Bachelor of Arts degree from Notre Dame College of Ohio (1932) she earned a Master of Arts (1940) and a Ph.D.(1968) from Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. During her 70 years in active ministry Sister taught elementary and high school, was a principal, college instructor and Head of the Education Department at Notre Dame College, educational consultant and tutor.
Sister Verone taught at Notre Dame Academy and St. Stephen in Cleveland, and St Mary in Elyria. She was principal at Campus School in Washington, DC, St. Gregory the Great in South Euclid, and Gesu School in University Heights. From there she went back to Washington, DC as instructor at Catholic University of America. Sister served at Notre Dame College from 1968 to 1981.
Since she was such an unassuming person, others never knew or often forgot that she had a Ph.D. Sister Mary Verone was a principal with a sense of humor but always professional to her finger tips. As an educator Sister was excellence personified. Because she loved the children, many of her former students continue to cherish memories of her as a treasured teacher.
Sister was well read not only in her field of education but also in the daily happenings in the world. There was no substitute for her intelligence in analyzing the benefits or the woes of any given policy being presented. Notre Dame College exists today in a good part because of Sister Mary Verone and others on the board and staff who worked together with fierce tenacity and courageous involvement in the complex struggles to protect Catholic higher education and Notre Dame College's place in it. In these state-wide circles of professional colleagues, Sister Mary Verone was highly respected for her knowledge and skills.
Josephine M. Clossey (nee Herger), beloved wife of the late William M., mother of JoAnn Bralliar, David F., William Jr., Daniel, and Carol Gonzalez, grandmother of nine, sister of Elizabeth Kalill and Mary Jones. Services and interment Wickenburg, Ariz. LOCAL ARRANGEMENTS BY MAHER-MELBOURNE FUNERAL HOME. 382-4500 Plain Dealer, Cleveland OH, Tuesday, 19 April 1983, pg. 2-E
HICKS -- Alice F. Hicks (Dichel), beloved wife of Dr. Gilbert J., dear mother of Noreen Carol Ackerman, Lin Maria Docet, Gary Richard and the late Barbara Jean Taylor, grandmother of 11, great grandmother of two, sister of Dorthy Avelloce, Lucille Houston and Ruth McAtoer, Tuesday. Funeral Mass Friday, Feb. 7, St. Clement Church at 11 a.m.. Interment Holy Cross. Friends received THURSDAY 2-4 AND 7-9 in THE NICKELS FUNERAL HOME, 14500 MADISON. Plain Dealer, Cleveland OH, Wednesday, 5 February 1992, pg. 7-B
Years after she retired from the classroom, students remembered Florence Volzer, who died Wednesday of pneumonia.
She was 102.
She influenced hundreds of students who passed through the Cleveland parochial school system between 1945 and 1970 with a kind, but stern manner. Her son-in-law, Alfonso D'Emilia, often teased that her German heritage helped her rule the classroom.
Perhaps it was all those years of talking in front of the kids that caused her to stop communicating in the last two years of her life, D'Emilia speculates. Nevertheless, her mind remained sharp, he said.
Born in 1901 in Canton, Volzer received her teaching certificate in 1920 from Kent State Normal School, predecessor of Kent State University.
She taught for three years until Cupid changed the course of her life and she met her husband, Melville.
Volzer spent the next 20 years raising her four children and making a home for her husband, who was a chemical engineer. He traveled frequently, and on one of his trips in 1944 he suffered a fatal heart attack.
Left to her own resources, Volzer focused her energy on what she knew best - children. She returned to teaching. Volzer taught six years at St. Ann School in Cleveland Heights, and then 18 years at Gesu School in University Heights.
After retiring, Volzer went back to get a real-estate license and spent the next five years in that field.
She lived with her son-in-law and her daughter, Mary D'Emilia, until four years ago when she became a resident of St. Augustine Health Campus in Cleveland. She died there.
Volzer is survived by daughters, Ruth Egan of Pittsburgh; Mary D'Emilia of Cleveland Heights; son, Bruce of Cleveland Heights; 14 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren. Her son John died in 1981.
Services will be 10 a.m. tomorrow at St. Ann Church, Cleveland Heights. Burial will be ar Calvary Cemetery, Massilon.
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