In Memoriam

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.

Arrangements at Villa Maria Chapel, Villa Maria, Pa.:
Calling Hours: 
Thursday, October 17, 3:30-7 p.m. and Friday, October 18, 9-9:45 a.m.
Wake Service: Thursday, October 17 at 7 p.m.
Mass of Christian Burial: Friday, October 18 at 10 a.m.

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


Sister Catherine Joy Popoczy, H.M., formerly Sr. Theresa Joseph, SND, died Thursday, September 12, 2019 at Villa Maria Community Center.

Sister Cathy Joy Popoczy served as a Sister of Notre Dame for 14 years prior to entering the HM Community in 1970. Her dedication as a teacher, pastoral minister, certified chaplain and volunteer was seen in the Dioceses of Cleveland, Pittsburgh and Youngstown and also the Archdiocese of Atlanta.

In the Diocese of Youngstown she taught at St. Mary, Conneaut; St. Mary, Massillon and St. James, Warren. For 29 years she served at St. Joseph Riverside Hospital in Warren in pastoral ministry, as director of Pastoral Care and as a certified chaplain. She regularly travelled with the local Warren police on Saturday nights in her capacity as chaplain.

In the Cleveland diocese she taught at St. Michael, Cleveland; St. James, Lakewood and St. Margaret Mary, South Euclid.

The Archdiocese of Atlanta gave Sr. Cathy Joy her first experience in pastoral ministry during the year she served at St. Thomas the Apostle Parish in Smyrna.

In 2003 she returned to Villa Maria Community Center where she volunteered in various capacities including the Reception Desk. She served in the Ministry of Prayer until the time of her death.

She is survived by her sisters in the Humility of Mary Congregation; her brother, Joseph Paul Popoczy, Mentor, Ohio; and her sisters, her twin, Sr. Mary Popoczy, SND, Chardon, Ohio, and Josephine Sceranka, Concord Township, Ohio.

She was preceded in death by her parents Joseph and Theresa (Susa) Popoczy.

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Date of Birth: July 29, 1938 │ Age: 81
Place of Birth: Crooksville, Ohio

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


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