In Memoriam

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.

Arrangements at Villa Maria Chapel, Villa Maria, Pa.:
Calling Hours: 
Monday, December 17, 3:30-7 p.m. and Tuesday, December 18, 9:30-10:15 a.m.
Wake Service: Monday, December 17 at 7 p.m.
Mass of Christian Burial: Tuesday, December 18 at 10:30 a.m.

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