In Memoriam

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


Sister Consolata Kline, H.M., the former Rita Kline, died Mon., Nov. 7, 2016 at Villa Maria Community Center.

Sr. Consolata Kline served in the Diocese of Youngstown for 32 years at St. Elizabeth Hospital, Youngstown including 19 years as administrator. She also ministered as Vicar of Social Concerns and then as Executive Director of Catholic Charities of the Youngstown Diocese.

Sr. Consolata responded to the call of her religious community to serve as major superior of the Sisters of the Humility of Mary from 1981-89. She then served for 11 years in the Diocese of Youngstown first as associate vicar and then as vicar of social concerns from 1990-95 when she became executive director of Catholic Charities in the Diocese of Youngstown from 1995-2001. Following her retirement from Catholic Charities she offered her time and interest as an active volunteer at the West Side Catholic Center in Cleveland which honored her wither their Dorothy Day Volunteer Award April 28, 2006.

Among her other honors, she received the papal honor "Cross Pro-Ecclesia et Pontifice" in 2000 for her decades of service to the Church. She was recognized in 1978 as one of the first inductees in the Ohio Women's Hall of Fame. She is a Life Fellow in the American College of Health Care Executives.

Sr. Consolata participated in the HM Ministry of Prayer and the Ministry of Faith-filled Presence with her sisters at Villa Maria Community Center from 2001 until her death.

She is survived by her sisters in the Humility of Mary Congregation; her brother, Joseph P. Kline, Fairview Park, Ohio; her sister, Mary Knapik, Olmsted Township, Ohio; and many nieces and nephews and their families. She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Catherine (Ryan) Kline; her brothers, Thomas Kline, Rev. John J. Kline, and Rev. Robert W. Kline; and her sister, Betty Ondus.

Sr. Consolata Kline


Date of Birth:
October 8, 1916 │ Age: 100
Place of Birth: Cleveland, OH

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


Sister Noreen Stearns, H.M., formerly Sister Columba, died Sun., Oct. 30, 2016 at Villa Maria Community Center.

Sister Noreen Stearns served 49 years in active ministry as an educator teaching in the primary grades and then serving as principal, and then as a chaplain for imprisoned youth. Sr. Noreen was a volunteer who was eagerly welcomed as she visited the sick in her parish. She gave witness in the ministry of prayer and faith-filled presence for the last 11 years of her life sharing her smile and infectious laugh with all.

In the Cleveland diocese she taught at St. Sebastian, Akron; St. Ambrose, Brunswick; St. Mary, Painesville and was a teacher and then principal at St. Christopher, Rocky River.

Sr. Noreen served in the Youngstown Diocese at St. Joseph, Ashtabula and was principal at Mother of Sorrows, Ashtabula. She was a teacher and then principal at St. Pius X in Warren. Later she volunteered at St. Pius X as a visitor to the sick of the parish.

In the Pittsburgh Diocese she taught at St. Agatha, Ellwood City and Our Lady of Grace, Pittsburgh. For eight years she was a part-time chaplain at the Youth Development Center of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in New Castle. For 11 years she shared in the ministry of prayer with her sisters and the ministry of faith-filled presence at Villa Maria Community Center until her death.

Sr. Noreen is survived by her sisters in the Humility of Mary Congregation and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Nora (Cunningham) Stearns, and her sister, Gloria Wickel.

Sr. Noreen


Date of Birth:
March 4, 1930 │ Age: 86     
Place of Birth: Hoboken, NJ

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


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.

Ternovacz,Veronica-web


Date of Birth:
September 21, 1931 
Age: 85     
Place of Birth: Cleveland, OH

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

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