In Memoriam

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.

Sister Jean

Date of Birth: April 4, 1927 │ Age: 91
Place of Birth: Greenvillle, Pennsylvania

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


Sister Jane McDowell, H.M., formerly Sister Mary Gael, died Tuesday, May 8, 2018 at Villa Maria Community Center.

Sister Jane served as a teacher and principal for 24 years before focusing her talents as a pastoral minister in a parish. The next chapter in her life was written in the hills of Appalachia where she gave 18 years serving in rural areas of West Virginia, Ohio, and Virginia. 

In the Cleveland diocese she taught at St. Martha, Akron; St. Raphael, Bay Village; St. Cecilia, Cleveland, St. James, Lakewood and St. Albert the Great, North Royalton.

In the Youngstown diocese she taught at St. Barbara, Massillon and served as principal at St. Patrick, Kent. She served as a pastoral minister at St. Barbara parish, Massillon and was on staff at Emmanuel Community Care Center, Girard.

In the Pittsburgh diocese Sr. Jane taught at Our Lady of Grace, Scott Township. She was a pastoral care volunteer at Villa Maria Community Center prior to joining her sisters in the ministry of prayer at the Community Center.

She is survived by her sisters in the Humility of Mary Congregation; her sisters, Rose Lightfoot, Massillon, Ohio, Etta Mangus, Akron, Ohio, and Jacqueline Brown, Canton, Ohio; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Levi and Helen (Nieporte) McDowell; her brothers, Thomas and Robert; and her sister Inez Laubacher.

Sister Jane McDowell

Date of Birth: December 5, 1939 │ Age: 78
Place of Birth: North Canton, Ohio

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


Sister Louise Ramicone, H.M., formerly Sister Reginald, died Monday, February 19, 2018 at Villa Maria Community Center.

Sister Louise ministered for 59 years in the Cleveland and Pittsburgh dioceses. In the Cleveland diocese she provided meals and was housekeeper at St. Sebastian Convent, Akron; Lourdes Academy Convent, Cleveland; and Magnificat Convent, Rocky River. Sr. Louise was an aide in the audio-visual department at Mt. Pleasant Catholic Elementary Center, Cleveland and served for 25 years as a teacher’s aide and office aide at St. Martha School which then merged and became North Akron Catholic School.

Her five years of service in the Pittsburgh diocese included Our Lady of Grace Parish, Pittsburgh where she was sacristan and assistant housekeeper. She also served in the kitchen at Villa Maria Convent, Villa Maria. Sr. Louise served with her sisters in the HM Ministry of Prayer at the time of her death.

She is survived by her sisters in the Humility of Mary Congregation; her niece, Cindy Masarik of Wadsworth, Ohio; and her nephew, Douglas Dickerson of Mansfield, Ohio.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Lawrence and Bessie (Martin) Ramicone; and her sisters, Adeline Ramicone and Gloria Dickerson.

Sister Louise Ramicone

Date of Birth: September 19, 1927 │ Age: 90
Place of Birth: Kent, Ohio

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


Sister Mary Patricia Leopold, H.M., formerly (Sr. Chaminade), died Friday, November 24, 2017 at Villa Maria Community Center.

Sister Mary Patricia Leopold served 57 years in active ministry including 44 years in education as a teacher, principal and consultant and 13 years in parish and pastoral ministry.

In the Cleveland diocese she served at Annunciation and St. Sebastian, both in Akron; St. Martin of Tours, Maple Heights; and St. Albert the Great, North Royalton.

Her years in education in the Youngstown diocese included Mother of Sorrows and St. Joseph, both in Ashtabula; St. Pius X, Warren; and St. Edward, Youngstown. While doing course work toward a PhD in educational foundations, she served as a teaching fellow at Kent State University. She served as assistant to the parish leader at St. Ann, Sebring; and was a chaplain at St. Joseph Health Center, Warren and volunteer pastoral minister at Humility House, Austintown.

Sr. Mary Pat was elected to the leadership council and executive board of the HM Community in 1973. In the late 1980s she served as a primary grades consultant for the Archdiocese of Chicago.

In 2013 she returned to Villa Maria Community Center where she shared in the ministry of faith-filled presence until her death.

She is survived by her sisters in the Humility of Mary Congregation; her sisters, Kathleen Leopold, Port Charlotte, Florida, and Rita Leopold, Columbus, Ohio; her sister-in-law, Ann Leopold; and her niece and nephew and their families.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Raymond C. and Mary Elizabeth (Miller) Leopold; and her brothers, Raymond E. and Howard Leopold.

Sr.MaryPatriciaLeopold

Date of Birth: August 2, 1932 │ Age: 85
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