Sister Theresa White, H.M., formerly Sister Mary Bede, died Monday, April 8, 2019 at Villa Maria Community Center.
Sister Theresa White’s dedicated ministry of 73 years in four dioceses included assignments in the dioceses of Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Youngstown and her 48 years in the diocese of Grand Island, Nebraska.
In the Cleveland diocese she served at St. Cecilia, Blessed Sacrament and Lourdes Educational Center & Convent all in Cleveland and St. James, Lakewood as a housekeeper and in food service.
She was the housekeeper at St. Stephen, Niles in the Youngstown diocese.
In the Pittsburgh diocese she served at Villa Maria Community Center 10 years as a helper in the Meat House and in the kitchen. In 2018 she retired to Villa Maria Community Center where she joined her sisters in the Ministry of Prayer and Presence.
Sr. Theresa’s ministry in the Diocese of Grand Island, Nebraska spanned 48 years. In 1970, she joined the late Fr. Robert Wiest and Sr. Carole Wakefield, H.M., as a parish pastoral ministry team at St. Theresa’s in Mitchell and St. Ann’s in Morrill, Nebraska. The pastoral team continued to minister together for 27 years at St. Nicholas, Valentine [1973-83]; St. Mary, Nenzel [1973-83]; Resurrection, Grand Island [1983-85]; and St. Mary’s, Wood River [1985-94].
Following Fr. Wiest’s retirement in 1994, Sr. Theresa joined the Volunteer Department at St. Francis Hospital in Grand Island where she served as a minister of hospitality, Eucharistic minister and patient visitor.
For 78 years as an HM Sister, Sr. Theresa was a woman for others, generously sharing her multiple talents including culinary artistry, business acumen and pastoral care. Her hallmark has been hospitality and service.
She is survived by her sisters in the Humility of Mary Congregation and nine nieces and nephews and their families.
She was preceded in death by her parents Francis and Julia (Petrucelli) White; her brothers, Charles, Joseph, and Anthony White, and Brother Valentino Bianco, CFA; and her sisters, Louise Buckley and Catherine Rich.