In Memoriam

Sister Celine Metzger, H.M., the former Agnes Metzger, died Saturday, April 27, 2019 at Villa Maria Community Center.

Sister Celine Metzger began her years of dedication and ministry as a high school teacher and then served the Sisters of the Humility of Mary in many capacities of leadership responsibility including major superior, council member, administrator of Villa Maria Community Center, and novice mistress. She served the former Humility of Mary Health Partners as director of mission effectiveness at The Assumption Village in North Lima and as director of mission integration at St. Elizabeth Health Center, Youngstown.     

In the Cleveland Diocese Sister Celine taught at Lourdes Academy, Cleveland and at Magnificat High School, Rocky River.  

In addition to her service to Humility of Mary Health Partners in the Youngstown Diocese, she had taught at St. Edward Jr. High, Youngstown and was a staff member of the House of Prayer in Youngstown.

Her ministry in the Pittsburgh Diocese included teaching at Villa Maria High School and serving as mistress of novices. She was administrator of Villa Maria Community Center and a councilor on the leadership team prior to her election as major superior in 1989. She retired in 2009 and joined her sisters in the ministry of prayer until her death.

She is survived by her sisters in the Humility of Mary Congregation; her brothers, James Metzger, Chardon, Ohio, and Joseph Metzger, Marion, Ohio; and her sisters, Loretta Paskert, Cleveland, and Lucy Rietschlin, Shelby, Ohio.

She was preceded in death by her parents Clement and Mary (Sutter) Metzger; her brothers, Hubert, Carl, Leo, John, and Fr. Clement Metzger, SJ; and her sisters, Nellie Young and Rosemary Keller.

Sister Celine Metzger

Date of Birth: October 24, 1931 │ Age: 87
Place of Birth: Shelby, Ohio

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


Sister Theresa White, H.M., formerly Sister Mary Bede, died Monday, April 8, 2019 at Villa Maria Community Center.

Sister Theresa White’s dedicated ministry of 73 years in four dioceses included assignments in the dioceses of Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Youngstown and her 48 years in the diocese of Grand Island, Nebraska.

In the Cleveland diocese she served at St. Cecilia, Blessed Sacrament and Lourdes Educational Center & Convent all in Cleveland and St. James, Lakewood as a housekeeper and in food service.

She was the housekeeper at St. Stephen, Niles in the Youngstown diocese.

In the Pittsburgh diocese she served at Villa Maria Community Center 10 years as a helper in the Meat House and in the kitchen. In 2018 she retired to Villa Maria Community Center where she joined her sisters in the Ministry of Prayer and Presence.

Sr. Theresa’s ministry in the Diocese of Grand Island, Nebraska spanned 48 years. In 1970, she joined the late Fr. Robert Wiest and Sr. Carole Wakefield, H.M., as a parish pastoral ministry team at St. Theresa’s in Mitchell and St. Ann’s in Morrill, Nebraska. The pastoral team continued to minister together for 27 years at St. Nicholas, Valentine [1973-83]; St. Mary, Nenzel [1973-83]; Resurrection, Grand Island [1983-85]; and St. Mary’s, Wood River [1985-94].

Following Fr. Wiest’s retirement in 1994, Sr. Theresa joined the Volunteer Department at St. Francis Hospital in Grand Island where she served as a minister of hospitality, Eucharistic minister and patient visitor.

For 78 years as an HM Sister, Sr. Theresa was a woman for others, generously sharing her multiple talents including culinary artistry, business acumen and pastoral care. Her hallmark has been hospitality and service.

She is survived by her sisters in the Humility of Mary Congregation and nine nieces and nephews and their families.

She was preceded in death by her parents Francis and Julia (Petrucelli) White; her brothers, Charles, Joseph, and Anthony White, and Brother Valentino Bianco, CFA; and her sisters, Louise Buckley and Catherine Rich.

Sister Theresa White

Date of Birth: January 15, 1922 │ Age: 97
Place of Birth: Conneaut, Ohio

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


Sister Kathleen O'Donnell, H.M., formerly Sister Ann Kathleen, died Wednesday, April 3, 2019 at Mercy Medical Center, Canton, Ohio.

Sister Kathleen O’Donnell’s 49 years of dedicated and diverse ministry spanned teaching first graders to working with the deaf, incarcerated boys and hospital patients in the Dioceses of Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Saginaw, and Youngstown and the Archdiocese of Chicago.

She taught in the Cleveland diocese at St. Martha, Akron; St. Ambrose, Brunswick; and St. Mary, Painesville. She served as a pastoral associate at St. Martha parish, Akron and as a pastoral minister at Ss. Philip and James, Cleveland and St. Agnes-Our Lady of Fatima, Cleveland.

In the Pittsburgh diocese she taught at Our Lady of Grace in Scott Township.

Her service in the Archdiocese of Chicago was with Goodwill, Inc in Chicago where she was a caseworker and had a special ministry with the deaf.

While in the Saginaw diocese she was a chaplain at Holy Cross Children’s Services in Clinton, Michigan.

At the time of her death Sr. Kathleen was serving in the Youngstown diocese as a board certified chaplain at Mercy Medical Center in Canton, Ohio. She also generously shared her attention with those who are incarcerated.

She is survived by her sisters in the Humility of Mary Congregation; her brother, Bill O'Donnell, Fairview Park, Ohio; and her sister, Mary Jane O'Donnell, Port Charlotte, Fla. 

She was preceded in death by her parents James F. and Mary (McNally) O'Donnell; her brother, Brother James C. O'Donnell, CSC; and her twin sister, Maureen O'Donnell.

Sr. Kathleen ODonnell

Date of Birth: March 20, 1943 │ Age: 76
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 Claire Young, H.M., formerly Sister Mary Pius, died Tuesday, December 11, 2018 at Villa Maria Community Center.

Sister Claire Young dedicated herself with great enthusiasm for 45 years to the ministry of education at the secondary and college levels in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Florida and Dhaka, Bangladesh. 

In the Cleveland Diocese she taught physical education for 11 years at Magnificat High School, Rocky River and then served as principal for four years. She was Dean of Girls and later a teacher at Archbishop Hoban High School, Akron. 

In the Pittsburgh Diocese she taught at Villa Maria High School, Villa Maria, Pennsylvania.

She taught English as a Second Language at Notre Dame College, Dhaka, Bangladesh, a school run by the Congregation of the Holy Cross.

She was also an ESL teacher for eight years at Indian River Community College, Ft. Pierce, Florida. Following her retirement from teaching, she served in a number of volunteer capacities in the Ft. Pierce, Vero Beach, Florida area. 

As a former coach Sister Claire was in the inaugural class inducted into the Magnificat High School Athletic Hall of Fame in 2010. She participated in the Ministry of Prayer until her death.

She is survived by her sisters in the Humility of Mary Congregation; her sister-in-law, Judith Young, Holland, Mich., and eight niece and nephews and their families.

She was preceded in death by her parents Joseph and Claire (Pedrick) Young and her brothers, Joseph and Robert Young.

Sister Claire Young

Date of Birth: April 3, 1928 │ Age: 90
Place of Birth: Philadelphia, Pa.

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


Sister Kathleen Cannell, H.M., formerly Sister Mary Rean, died Friday, November 23, 2018.

Sister Kathleen Cannell experienced a number of ministries in her religious life including classroom teacher, hospital pastoral care, office manager and volunteer. She had a great love for music and was taking violin lessons until the time of her death.

She taught in the diocese of Cleveland at St. Martha, Akron; Blessed Sacrament, Cleveland; and St. Christopher, Rocky River. She was a receptionist for Dr. Antone Ogrinc and was office manager at the HM Ministry Center. For 15 years she volunteered at St. Augustine Parish in the Tremont area of Cleveland working primarily with the deaf.

In the Youngstown diocese she taught at St. Patrick, Kent and St. Louis, Louisville. She served for 15 years at St. Joseph Riverside Hospital, Warren in pastoral care and later was part-time in community relations and as a patient visitor. 

In 2016 she returned to Villa Maria Community Center where she volunteered and joined with her sisters in the Ministry of Prayer.

She is survived by her sisters in the Humility of Mary Congregation and her nephews and cousins and their families.

She was preceded in death by her parents Edward R. and Catherine (Barrett) Cannell; her sister, Jean Grdina; and her brother, Michael J. Cannell.

Sister Kathleen Cannell

Date of Birth: December 5, 1931 │ Age: 86
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 Lucy Copeck, H.M., formerly Sister Mary Theola, died Wednesday, August 22, 2018 at Villa Maria Community Center.

Sister Lucy Copeck ministered in elementary education for 37 years. While in the Cleveland Diocese she taught at St. Sebastian and St. Martha in Akron and also at Sr. Joseph in Cuyahoga Falls. 

Her service in the Youngstown Diocese included teaching at St. Patrick, Hubbard; St. Stephen, Niles; St. Paul, Salem; and St. Pius X, Warren. She taught CCD to students enrolled in the Conneaut public schools. She also taught for a year at St. Anthony in Port Redding, New Jersey.

Sr. Lucy was a long-time active member of AA, a frequent speaker and sponsor for many women even during her last months of illness. She had a great love for cats, especially the strays and those in need of a temporary or permanent home.

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 Stanislaus and Ludwina (Marsowicz) Copeck; her sisters, Theola and Helen Copeck, and Mary Meara; and her brothers, Charles, Leonard, Frank, John, and Raymond Copeck.

Sister Lucy

Date of Birth: January 13, 1942 │ Age: 76
Place of Birth: Conneaut, Ohio

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