In Memoriam

Sister Grace Marie Kalal, H.M., formerly Sister Marcella, died Monday, May 28, 2018 at Villa Maria Community Center.

Sister Grace Marie generously served for 42 years in the ministry of education and an additional 13 years as a volunteer.

In the Cleveland Diocese Sister Grace Marie was known by many during her 23 years as Director of Teacher Personnel in the Diocesan School Board Office. She also was a teacher at St. Martha, Akron; St. Raphael, Bay Village; Blessed Sacrament, Cleveland; was school secretary and administrative assistant at St. Bartholomew Academy, Parma Heights and a volunteer with Heartbeats, Rocky River and Catholic Charities Office of Migration and Refugee Services in Cleveland.

Sister Grace Marie taught in the Youngstown Diocese at St. Paul, Canton; St. Patrick, Hubbard; St. Louis, Louisville where she also served as principal for two years; St. Barbara, Massillon; and St. Brendan and St. Edward Jr. High, Youngstown.   

In addition she taught in the Pittsburgh Diocese at Our Lady of Grace in Scott Township. In 2011 she returned to Villa Maria Community Center where she shared in the Ministry of Prayer until her death.

Sr. Grace Marie celebrated her 75th jubilee as a Sister of the Humility of Mary in 2017.

She is survived by her sisters in the Humility of Mary Congregation and her brother Paul A. Kalal, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

She was preceded in death by her parents Emil J. & Ada (Trepanier) Kalal; her brothers, John O. Kalal, Emil J. Kalal, Jr., and Robert F. Kalal; and her sister Ruth Kniola.

Sr. Grace Marie Kalal

Date of Birth: April 26, 1922 │ Age: 96
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 Barbara Sitko, H.M., formerly Sister M. Dolorosa, died Sunday, May 27, 2018 at McGee-Womens Hospital of UPMC, Pittsburgh.

Sister Barbara was a gifted woman with many talents and interests. She taught at the secondary and university levels, engaging her students and drawing out the best in them. She played the piano by ear, loved to read and attend live theatre and the movies and to discuss these widely. She also loved to cook.

A 1956 graduate of Lourdes Academy, Cleveland she entered the Sisters of the Humility of Mary that same year and professed her first vows in 1959. She completed her BA in English and French graduating magna cum laude from Notre Dame College of Cleveland in 1962. Her MA in literature in 1976 was from Bucknell University, Lewiston, PA. She was awarded her PhD in rhetoric in 1990 from Carnegie-Mellon University, Pittsburgh.

In the Cleveland Diocese she taught at Magnificat High School, Rocky River.

In the Pittsburgh diocese Sr. Barbara taught at Villa Maria High School, Villa Maria, PA and later was an instructor at Carnegie-Mellon University. While serving at Washington State University, Pullman, WA she served as a council member on the Leadership Team of the HM Sisters travelling the long distance as needed. She was the first president/CEO of Villa Maria Education and Spirituality Center from 2005-08.

In the Archdiocese of Atlanta she taught at St. Pius X High School in Atlanta from 1972-85.

In the Diocese of Spokane from 1989-95 Sr. Barbara was an assistant professor at Washington State University at Pullman and from 1995-2005 was an associate professor of English there.

After 2008 Sr. Barbara never considered herself totally retired as she offered her time and attention at Villa Maria as a hospitality volunteer for VMESC, a library volunteer and periodically as organist for Mass and other services.

She is survived by her sisters in the Humility of Mary Congregation and her brothers, Norbert A. Sitko, Middleburg Heights, Ohio, and Joseph Sitko, Bermuda Dunes, California.

She was preceded in death by her parents Joseph V. and Julia (Mejak) Sitko.

Sr Barbara Sitko

Date of Birth: April 11, 1939 │ Age: 79
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 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.

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