In Memoriam

Sister Mary Ann Houk, H.M., formerly Sister Beatrix, died Wednesday, December 25, 2019 at Villa Maria Community Center.

Sister Mary Ann shared her gifts for teaching and administration for 42 years in schools in the Cleveland and Youngstown dioceses. In the Cleveland Diocese she taught and served as principal in Akron at Annunciation and St. Martha; she taught in Cleveland at Blessed Sacrament and in Rocky River at St. Christopher, and was a substitute teacher at St. James, Lakewood. Sister Mary Ann served as assistant principal and then associate administrator at St. Richard, North Olmsted. Following her retirement from education she ministered to the elderly for 12 years. Sister Mary Ann served as a volunteer at St. Martha Manor, Akron where she also was in residence.

In the Youngstown Diocese she was a teacher and served as principal at St. Mary, Conneaut and St. Louis, Louisville. She also taught at St. Barbara, Massillon and St. Stephen, Niles.

She joined her sisters at Villa Maria Community Center, Villa Maria PA in 2015 where she regularly visited with the sisters in Visitation Hall and participated in the HM Ministry of Prayer until her death.

She is survived by her sisters in the HM Community; her sister Janet Houk of Shaker Heights; and many nieces and nephews and their families.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Arvine and Bernice (Payne) Houk; her sisters, Nancy Haddad and Agnes Farnbauch; and her brothers Michael, Joseph, and Bill Houk.

Sr. Mary Ann Houk

Date of Birth: October 13, 1930 │ Age: 89
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 Susan Klein, H.M., died Thursday, October 10, 2019 at Villa Maria Community Center.

Sister Susan Klein dedicated herself to public health nursing and the field of gerontology in the Dioceses of Cleveland and Pittsburgh and the Archdiocese of Washington during her 35 years of active ministry.

Born in Cleveland to the late Herbert and Marcella (Kuty) Klein, Sr. Susan graduated from Magnificat High School, Rocky River in 1964. She entered the Sisters of the Humility of Mary from St. James Parish, Lakewood in 1965 and professed her perpetual vows in 1973. She earned her BSN from St. John College, Cleveland in 1972 and in 1978 she completed her MSN in Gerontological Nursing from Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland. Sr. Susan earned her Doctor of Nursing Science from Catholic University of America, Washington, DC in 1991.

In the Diocese of Cleveland she served from 1972-87 as a public health nurse with the Visiting Nurse Association of Cleveland and as Director of the Office of Aging for the Federation of Catholic Community Services, Cleveland. From 2005-07 she was Director of the Center for Gerontological Nursing and Advocacy at the College of Nursing of the University of Akron.

From 1992-98 she provided outreach services through the US Government Bureau of Health Resources and Services, Washington DC where she then served as a program officer.

In the Diocese of Pittsburgh she ministered from 1998-2005 as a geriatric consultation specialist for the Sisters of the Humility of Mary at Villa Maria Community Center. She retired to the Community Center in 2008 where she volunteered and served in the ministry of prayer and faith-filled presence until her death.

She is survived by her sisters in the Humility of Mary Congregation; her nephew, Mike Klein; her sister-in-law, Petra Lichtenberg; and several cousins. 

She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother Herbert Charles Klein.

Sr. Susan Klein

Date of Birth: April 8, 1946 │ Age: 73
Place of Birth: Cleveland, Ohio

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


Sister Rita Costello, H.M., formerly Sr. Thomas Aquinas, died Saturday, October 5, 2019 at the Lutheran Home at Concord Reserve, Westlake, Ohio.

Sister Rita Costello dedicated her life to God and enriched, educated and enlightened countless people as a teacher, pastoral minister, and hospice chaplain during her 56 years of active ministry in the Dioceses of Cleveland and Youngstown and the Archdiocese of Atlanta.

She was beloved by all thanks to an amazing sense of humor and unmatched wisdom.

In the Cleveland diocese she taught at Erieview Catholic High School, Cleveland and Magnificat High School, Rocky River. She was a staff member at Malachi House, Cleveland and ministered to hospice patients at St. Joseph Hospital & Health Center, Lorain and later at New Life Hospice, Lorain as a chaplain.

In the Archdiocese of Atlanta Sr. Rita taught at St. Pius X High School, Atlanta.

She taught in the Youngstown diocese at St. John High School, Ashtabula and St. Edward Jr. High, Youngstown.

Following her retirement in 2015 she continued her participation in the HM Ministry of Prayer until her death. She was anticipating her 65th jubilee as a vowed religious in 2020.

She is survived by her sisters in the Humility of Mary Congregation; her sisters, Maria Bako, Barberton, Ohio, and Monica Brown, Akron, Ohio; her nephews Carl Bako (Holly), J.J. Brown (Carmen), and David Brown; and her great nieces and nephews, Sebastian and Julian Brown, Brittany Dicko and Allison Dicko, Maria Ferrante, and Maddox Booth. 

She was preceded in death by her parents Joseph and Marie (Tropeano) Costello, and twin brothers, Rev. Joseph Costello and Rev. James P. Costello.

Sister Rita Costello

Date of Birth: September 2, 1935 │ Age: 84
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