Sister Jean Babeaux, H.M., formerly Sister Mary Irene, died Friday, May 18, 2018 at Villa Maria Community Center.
Sister Jean dedicated her 49 years of ministry as a teacher, principal, high school librarian, minister of hospitality for Villa Maria Retreat Center and Director of the Villa Maria Circle at Villa Maria, Pennsylvania.
While in the Cleveland Diocese Sister Jean taught at Lourdes Academy, Cleveland; Magnificat High School, Rocky River and was a tutor for the Akron Board of Education. She served as a librarian and Director of the Learning Center at Akron Firestone Jr. High School for 19 years.
Her 17 years in ministry in the Diocese of Youngstown included teaching assignments at Central Catholic High School, Canton; St. Patrick, Hubbard; St. Paul, Salem; and at St. Edward, St. Edward Jr. High and Cardinal Mooney High School in Youngstown.
Sister Jean was the administrator of St. Mary School in Marietta, Ohio during the school year of 1994-95.
Upon her return to Villa Maria Community Center in 2000 Sister Jean served at Villa Maria Retreat Center as hospitality coordinator at Begel Hall, was the Director of the Villa Maria Circle and, until her death, served in the ministry of prayer.
She is survived by her sisters in the Humility of Mary Congregation and her nieces and nephews and their families.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Vincent and Theresa (McDonough) Babeaux; her brother Dr. William L. Babeaux; and her sister May Lou Tenbusch.
Arrangements at Villa Maria Chapel, Villa Maria, Pa.:
Calling Hours: Tuesday, May 22, 3:30-7 p.m. and Wednesday, May 23, 2-2:45 p.m.
Wake Service: Tuesday, May 22 at 7 p.m.
Mass of Christian Burial: Wednesday, May 23 at 3 p.m.