In Memoriam

Sister Denise Maher H.M., died Thurs., May 11, 2017 at Villa Maria Community Center.

Sister Denise offered her gifts in active ministry for 34 years in the Cleveland, Youngstown and Pittsburgh dioceses as an educator, initial formation director, peace and justice coordinator and executive in the ministry of housing for those in need.

In the Cleveland diocese she was the founding director of Humility of Mary Housing, Inc. [HMHI], Akron and was parish action coordinator for the Catholic Commission of the Southern Region, Diocese of Cleveland, Akron. She taught at St. James, Lakewood and, following her retirement from HMHI, was a volunteer mentor at Holy Family School, Stow. 

Sr. Denise served for four years as principal at St. Brendan School, Youngstown in the Youngstown diocese.

Sr. Denise was tapped in the 1980s by her religious community to serve as director of initial formation and coordinator of justice concerns. In 2004 she returned to Villa Maria Community Center where she participated in the Ministry of Prayer and Suffering until her death.

She is survived by her sisters in the Humility of Mary Congregation; her brother, William E. Maher, Columbus, Ohio; her sister, Elizabeth Maher Rinz, University Hts., Ohio; and two nieces and four nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Dennis and Winefred (Sheehan) Maher.

Sr. Denise Maher


Date of Birth:
August 26, 1947 │ Age: 69
Place of Birth: Canton, Ohio

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


Sister Genevieve (Jenni) Skerk, H.M., formerly Sister M. Davidica, died Thurs., March 16, 2017 at Villa Maria Community Center.

Sister Jenni Skerk ministered for 57 years as a dedicated teacher, pastoral minister, director of religious education and chaplain in the Cleveland and Youngstown dioceses.

While in the Cleveland diocese she served at St. Sebastian, Akron; St. Cecilia, and Mt. Pleasant Catholic Elementary Center, Cleveland;  St. Eugene Parish, Cuyahoga Falls; and St. Mary, Painesville.

Her ministry in the Youngstown diocese included St. Joseph Parish, Ashtabula; Mercy Medical Center, Canton; St. Mary, Conneaut; St. Patrick, Hubbard; St. Louis Parish, Louisville; St. Joseph Parish, Mantua; St. Joseph Parish, Suffield; St. Elizabeth Health Center and Mercy Health/St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital, Youngstown.

She is survived by her sisters in the Humility of Mary Congregation; her brother, John Skerkavich of Youngstown; and nieces and nephews and their families.

She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Rose (Baleskie) Skerkavich; her sisters, Rosella Clement, Eva Bendokas, Lucille Schrieber, and Florence Cheatham; and her brothers, Richard and Ralph Skerkavich.

Sr. Jenni Skerk


Date of Birth:
September 10, 1929 │ Age: 87
Place of Birth: Youngstown, Ohio

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


Sister Mary-Joanna Huegle, H.M., the former Mary Josephine Huegle and formerly Sister Mary-Arlene, died Sat., Jan. 14, 2017 at Villa Maria Community Center.

Sister Mary-Joanna Huegle was a woman of many talents which she generously shared. As an artist she was sought out to draw or design and execute many religious subjects using various media over a 60 year span. 

Her first ministerial assignments included teaching in the Diocese of Cleveland at St. Philip Neri, Cleveland; St. Christopher, Rocky River and Magnificat High School, Rocky River. As a clerk in the Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped of the Cleveland Public Library she personally selected materials for clients.

In the Youngstown Diocese she taught third graders at St. Patrick, Hubbard.

In 1977 she returned to the Diocese of Pittsburgh and was asked by the HM Community to organize materials for the HM Archives at Villa Maria. Many workshops gave her the needed knowledge of archival practices that she applied to materials dating back to the mid-19th century in France when the Congregation of the Sisters of the Humility of Mary was founded.  She was active in her ministry as “Curator of the Archives” until 2011. Sr. Mary-Joanna joined her HM Sisters in the Ministry of Prayer in which she served until her death.

She is survived by her sisters in the Humility of Mary Congregation; her brother, Peter W. Huegle, Lake Havasu City, Arizona; and nieces and nephews and their families. She was preceded in death by her parents, Edwin and Irene (Werthmann) Huegle; and her sisters, Arlene Morton, Jeanette Stewart, and Grace Ann Fitts.

Sr. Mary-Joanna


Date of Birth:
January 27, 1927 │ Age: 89
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