Sister Veronica Ternovacz, H.M., formerly Sister Bernard, died Sun., Sept. 25, 2016 at Villa Maria Community Center.
Sister Veronica was taught by the Sisters of the Divine Redeemer and the Ursuline Nuns in Cleveland, Ohio. She graduated from Holy Trinity High School in Cleveland in 1949 and entered the HM Community from St. Margaret Parish on October 7, 1952.
Her ministry of 61 years saw her involvement in music, finance and the Forum for Sisters from Central and Eastern Europe and the USA. She served in various capacities in the Cleveland, Pittsburgh and Youngstown dioceses and also spent time in Hungary.
Having received music degrees, her Bachelor of Science in Music Education from the Dana School of Music, Youngstown State University where she graduated summa cum laude, and her Master in Music Education from Notre Dame University, South Bend, Sister Veronica taught music and gave individual piano lessons for 12 years. Her education also consisted of studies in finance at Notre Dame University and Youngstown State University.
In the Cleveland diocese she was a music teacher at St. Raphael, Bay Village from 1961-67 and served as a member of the Finance Board of Magnificat High School, Rocky River from 1996-2005.
Her Youngstown diocese ministries included teaching music at St. Brendan, Youngstown from 1955-61 and from 1996-2005 serving as a member of the St. Elizabeth Hospital Foundation Board in Youngstown and as a member of the Finance Board for the Diocese of Youngstown.
Sr. Veronica was in residence at Villa Maria Community Center, Villa Maria PA for the past 49 years during which time she served as the Director of Music and Liturgy for the HM Community.
Her involvements were many over the last half century. She taught music and related arts from 1967-77 at Villa Maria High School and shared life with the student residents. Sr. Veronica organized all-school reunions and helped with class reunions. She kept in touch with Villa graduates who were local and at great distances. Sr. Veronica served as assistant treasurer and then general treasurer for a total of 16 years for the HM Community and was director of purchasing through the Villa Dry Goods department for another 16 years. Christ the King Parish, Bessemer/Hillsville welcomed her as accompanist for the adult choir from 1978-2015. She also was accompanist for Saturday and Sunday liturgies at the former Youth Development Center in New Castle from 1982-95. She was honored in 2001 with the Manifesting the Kingdom Award given by the Diocese of Pittsburgh.
In 2000 Sr. Veronica was among the founding members of the International Forum for Sisters, a spirituality and dialogue collaboration of sisters from Central and Eastern Europe along with sisters in the US with family backgrounds in those countries. The Forum was a response to a request by the US Bishops Conference for sister volunteers to assist European Sisters following the fall of Communism. Sr. Veronica taught English as a Second Language in Budapest from September through November in 1996 and continued that relationship through the Forum. In 1998 she was a visitor representative to American volunteers in Europe. She had been the executive director of the Forum since 2005 enthusiastically active with sisters on both sides of the Atlantic.
She is survived by her sisters in the Humility of Mary Congregation, her sister, Mary Hornyak and several nieces and nephews and their families. She was preceded in death by her parents, Paul and Mary (nee Herzog) Ternovacz and her brother, Paul Ternovacz.