In Memoriam


Sister Agnes Clare Snyder, H.M., the former Clara Snyder, died Saturday, November 11, 2017 at Villa Maria Community Center.

It was 70 years ago that Sister Agnes Clare Snyder stepped into her first classroom, a mixed classroom of first and second graders. She then served 54 years in the ministry of elementary education. In the Cleveland diocese she taught at St. Sebastian, Akron; Blessed Sacrament and St. Philip Neri, Cleveland; and St. Christopher, Rocky River.

In the Diocese of Youngstown Sister Agnes Clare taught more primary grade students at Mt. Carmel, St. Joseph, and Mother of Sorrows, Ashtabula; St. Paul, Canton; St. Patrick, Kent; and St. Joseph, Massillon. She also served as assistant to the director and later as assistant librarian and tutor at Ashtabula Catholic Elementary School System, Ashtabula. For six years prior to her return to Villa Maria Community Center in 2002, Sister Agnes Clare volunteered as an educational assistant at St. Paul, Salem. She participated in the HM Ministry of Prayer and the Ministry of Faith-filled Presence until her death.

She is survived by her sisters in the Humility of Mary Congregation; her sister-in-law, Nancy Snyder; and nieces and nephews and their families.

She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Mary (McCallum) Snyder; her sisters, Sr. Mary Snyder, HM, and Bernice Caldwell; and her brothers, Francis Wesley, Charles, and William Snyder.

Sr. Agnes Clare


Date of Birth:
 April 27, 1920 │ Age: 97
Place of Birth: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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


Sister Elaine Wellinger, H.M., formerly Sister Mary Leonard, died Saturday, October 28, 2017 at Villa Maria Community Center.

Sister Elaine Wellinger served for 54 years as a beloved teacher, campus minister and spiritual director in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati and the dioceses of Cleveland, Columbus, Pittsburgh and Youngstown.  Her teaching ministry included Lourdes Academy, Cleveland and Magnificat High School, Rocky River; Central Catholic High School, Canton and Villa Maria High School, Villa Maria, Pennsylvania. She served as a campus minister at CWRU, Cleveland, The Ohio State University in Columbus and at Xavier University in Cincinnati. 

Sr. Elaine was a retreat and spiritual director at the Christa Center, Cleveland; Sophia Center, Pepper Pike and maintained an office at the HM Ministry Center formerly in Rocky River. From 1981-85 she was a council member on the Leadership Team of the Sisters of the Humility of Mary serving as Director of Community Life and Development. She served in the HM Ministry of Faith-filled Presence with her sisters at Villa Maria Community Center from 2016 until her death.

She is survived by her sisters in the Humility of Mary Congregation, three nephews, and one niece.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Leonard F. and Ursula (Walsh) Wellinger, and her sister, Donna Keys.

Arrangements at Villa Maria Chapel, Villa Maria, Pa:
Calling Hours:
Wednesday, Nov. 1, 3:30-7 p.m.
                         Thursday, Nov. 2, 9-9:45 a.m.
Wake Service: Wednesday, Nov. 1 at 7 p.m.
Mass of Christian Burial:
Thursday, Nov. 2 at 10 a.m.

Sr. Elaine Wellinger


Date of Birth:
March 9, 1932 │ Age: 85
Place of Birth: Lakewood, Ohio

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


Sister Patricia Rogers, H.M., formerly Sister Mary Gemma, SND, died Friday, October 20, 2017 at Villa Maria Community Center.

Sister Patricia Rogers not only taught about the workings of government but became actively involved in it at both the local and national levels. She began her ministry as a teacher in 1953 and for 17 years she taught 5th to 8th graders in the Cleveland, Youngstown and Arlington VA dioceses including St. Agnes in Arlington VA; St. Boniface, Blessed Sacrament, St. Michael, and St. Wendelin in Cleveland; St. Jude and St. Mary, both in Elyria; St. Paschal Baylon, Highland Hts; St. Gregory, South Euclid; and in the Youngstown Diocese, for a semester at St. Mary, Massillon. She also taught 10th-12th graders at the former St. Peter High School, Cleveland, and at Erieview Catholic High School, Cleveland she taught government classes.

Beginning in 1977 she served as a congressional aide for Rep. Mary Rose Oakar.  She was especially involved in the area of aging and gave talks on senior and elder care issues. In 1995 she was named by Governor George Voinovich as one of 64 delegates and alternates to represent the state of Ohio at the White House Conference on Aging. She was a producer for Ms. Oakar’s radio broadcasts for many years. In 2011 she returned to Villa Maria Community Center where she joined her sisters in the Ministry of Prayer and faith-filled presence until her death.

She is survived by her sisters in the Humility of Mary Congregation and nieces and nephews and their families.

She was preceded in death by her parents, George W. and Margaret (Cunningham) Rogers, and her brother, James W. Rogers.

Sister Patricia Rogers


Date of Birth:
January 23, 1932 │ Age: 85
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 Mary Ann Senia, H.M., formerly Sister Vincent Marie, died Friday, September 1, 2017 at Villa Maria Community Center.

Sister Mary Ann Senia dedicated herself for 44 years to the ministry of elementary education as a teacher and principal in the Cleveland and Youngstown dioceses.

In the Cleveland diocese she taught at St. Raphael, Bay Village and she served as principal for 15 years at St. Ambrose, Brunswick. Sr. Mary Ann also served on the staff of the parish office at St. Ambrose and she was and ambassador at the Cleveland Clinic in Strongsville.

In the Youngstown diocese she taught at St. Anthony and at St. Paul, Canton; St. Patrick, Hubbard, and St. Edward, Youngstown. She was principal at St. Pius X, Warren. 

Since 2014 Sr. Mary Ann had served with her HM sisters in the HM Ministry of Prayer

She is survived by her sisters in the Humility of Mary Congregation; her sister, Wilma Jean Berstling, Sarasota, Florida; and her brother, Ivan M. Senia, Indian Rocks Beach, Florida.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Vincent and Agnes (Restovski) Senia, and her sister, Sr. Catherine Senia, IHM.

Sr. Mary Ann Senia


Date of Birth:
August 25, 1935 │ Age: 82
Place of Birth: Lorain, Ohio

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


Sister Mary Ann Sebian, H.M., formerly Sister Mary Elizabeth, died Sunday, July 9, 2017 at Villa Maria Community Center.

Sister Mary Ann Sebian shared her gifts and talents in many venues over a total of 53 years in the Cleveland, Pittsburgh and Youngstown dioceses as well as in the Diocese of Temuco, Chile where she served as a missionary in the 1960s.

In the Cleveland diocese she served at St. Christopher, Rocky River where she taught music. During the 1970s she was Director of the Speech Pathology Department of the Lake County Society for Crippled Children and Adults, Painesville.

Sr. Mary Ann’s ministry in the Diocese of Youngstown included teaching music at St. Stephen, Niles and St. Brendan and St. Edward, both in Youngstown. She served as a speech therapist and speech and language pathologist at St. Elizabeth Health Center, Youngstown for 19 years.

In the Pittsburgh Diocese she was a home visitor at St. James Parish, New Bedford and also served at Villa Maria Community Center visiting with the retired sisters. She shared in the HM Ministry of Prayer until her death.

She is survived by her sisters in the Humility of Mary Congregation.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Elizabeth (Pecery) Sebian; her sister, Mary Musgrave; and her brothers, Richard, George, Paul, Francis, Aloysius, William, Msgr. Thomas Sebian, and Brother John Sebian, SJ.                   

Sister Mary Ann Sebian


Date of Birth:
May 17, 1929 │ Age: 88
Place of Birth: Painesville, Ohio

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


Sister Mary Conrad Walsh, H.M., the former Kathleen Walsh, died Tuesday, June 27, 2017 at Villa Maria Community Center.

Sister Mary Conrad Walsh ministered in the field of education for 25 years in the Cleveland, Youngstown and Pittsburgh dioceses.

In the Cleveland diocese she taught at St. Sebastian, Akron and St. Philip Neri, Cleveland.

Her ministry in education in the Youngstown Diocese included St. Mary, Conneaut; St. Patrick, Hubbard; St. Edward Jr. High, Youngstown; and St. Paul, Salem where she also served as principal.

In the Diocese of Pittsburgh Sister Mary Conrad taught at Our Lady of Grace, Scott Township and was in service to the HM Community at Villa Maria Community Center for 34 years. There she served in various capacities including 12 years as director of the Gift Shop. Since 1997 she served in the HM Ministry of Prayer until her death. She celebrated her 70th jubilee in 2016.

She is survived by her sisters in the Humility of Mary Congregation and her niece, Kathleen Rodgers of New Bern, North Carolina.

She was preceded in death by her parents, John & Hildegard (Herold) Walsh and her brother, John V. Walsh.

Sister Mary Conrad


Date of Birth:
October 15, 1924 │ Age: 92
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 Therese Quinn, H.M., formerly Sister Mary Nicholas, died Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at Villa Maria Community Center.

Sister Therese Quinn dedicated herself in ministry to service in education and healthcare-related fields for 62 years in the Cleveland, Youngstown and Pittsburgh dioceses.

In the Cleveland diocese she taught at Lourdes Academy, Cleveland and served as coordinator of the Library and Audio-Visual Center at Magnificat High School, Rocky River.

While in the Youngstown diocese, she served as principal at Central Catholic High School, Canton and also taught at Mt. Marie Academy, St. John High School, Canton and the Boys' Division of Central Catholic High School, Canton. She also served as librarian at Central Catholic High School, Canton and as Administrative Assistant at St. John High School, Ashtabula. Sister Therese turned her attention to healthcare-related ministry when she became Director of the Media Resource Center at St. Elizabeth Hospital, Youngstown. In 1987 she established the HM Guest House at St. Elizabeth Health Center which she directed for eight years and for which she served as Assistant Director from 1995-2003.

Sister Therese was also a teacher and librarian at Villa Maria High School, Villa Maria, Pennsylvania in the Diocese of Pittsburgh. She returned to Villa Maria Community Center in 2003 where she volunteered as a receptionist. She served in the HM Ministry of Prayer until her death.

She is survived by her sisters in the Humility of Mary Congregation; and nieces, Mary Ann Maughan and family, Canfield; and Susan Quinn Maiden, Hubbard.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Stephen and Catherine (Corcoran) Quinn; her sisters, Marian Murdock and Margaret Vogelberger; and her brother, William Quinn.

Sister Therese Quinn


Date of Birth:
August 4, 1915 │ Age: 101
Place of Birth: Lowellville, Ohio

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