In Memoriam

Sister Catherine Joy Popoczy, H.M., formerly Sr. Theresa Joseph, SND, died Thursday, September 12, 2019 at Villa Maria Community Center.

Sister Cathy Joy Popoczy served as a Sister of Notre Dame for 14 years prior to entering the HM Community in 1970. Her dedication as a teacher, pastoral minister, certified chaplain and volunteer was seen in the Dioceses of Cleveland, Pittsburgh and Youngstown and also the Archdiocese of Atlanta.

In the Diocese of Youngstown she taught at St. Mary, Conneaut; St. Mary, Massillon and St. James, Warren. For 29 years she served at St. Joseph Riverside Hospital in Warren in pastoral ministry, as director of Pastoral Care and as a certified chaplain. She regularly travelled with the local Warren police on Saturday nights in her capacity as chaplain.

In the Cleveland diocese she taught at St. Michael, Cleveland; St. James, Lakewood and St. Margaret Mary, South Euclid.

The Archdiocese of Atlanta gave Sr. Cathy Joy her first experience in pastoral ministry during the year she served at St. Thomas the Apostle Parish in Smyrna.

In 2003 she returned to Villa Maria Community Center where she volunteered in various capacities including the Reception Desk. She served in the Ministry of Prayer until the time of her death.

She is survived by her sisters in the Humility of Mary Congregation; her brother, Joseph Paul Popoczy, Mentor, Ohio; and her sisters, her twin, Sr. Mary Popoczy, SND, Chardon, Ohio, and Josephine Sceranka, Concord Township, Ohio.

She was preceded in death by her parents Joseph and Theresa (Susa) Popoczy.

Arrangements at Villa Maria Chapel:
Calling Hours: Thursday, Sept. 19, 3:30-7 p.m. and Friday, Sept. 20, 9:30-10:15 a.m.
Wake Service: Thursday, Sept. 19 at 7 p.m.
Mass of Christian Burial: Friday, Sept. 20 at 10:30 a.m.


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Date of Birth: July 29, 1938 │ Age: 81
Place of Birth: Crooksville, Ohio

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


Sister Celine Metzger, H.M., the former Agnes Metzger, died Saturday, April 27, 2019 at Villa Maria Community Center.

Sister Celine Metzger began her years of dedication and ministry as a high school teacher and then served the Sisters of the Humility of Mary in many capacities of leadership responsibility including major superior, council member, administrator of Villa Maria Community Center, and novice mistress. She served the former Humility of Mary Health Partners as director of mission effectiveness at The Assumption Village in North Lima and as director of mission integration at St. Elizabeth Health Center, Youngstown.     

In the Cleveland Diocese Sister Celine taught at Lourdes Academy, Cleveland and at Magnificat High School, Rocky River.  

In addition to her service to Humility of Mary Health Partners in the Youngstown Diocese, she had taught at St. Edward Jr. High, Youngstown and was a staff member of the House of Prayer in Youngstown.

Her ministry in the Pittsburgh Diocese included teaching at Villa Maria High School and serving as mistress of novices. She was administrator of Villa Maria Community Center and a councilor on the leadership team prior to her election as major superior in 1989. She retired in 2009 and joined her sisters in the ministry of prayer until her death.

She is survived by her sisters in the Humility of Mary Congregation; her brothers, James Metzger, Chardon, Ohio, and Joseph Metzger, Marion, Ohio; and her sisters, Loretta Paskert, Cleveland, and Lucy Rietschlin, Shelby, Ohio.

She was preceded in death by her parents Clement and Mary (Sutter) Metzger; her brothers, Hubert, Carl, Leo, John, and Fr. Clement Metzger, SJ; and her sisters, Nellie Young and Rosemary Keller.

Sister Celine Metzger

Date of Birth: October 24, 1931 │ Age: 87
Place of Birth: Shelby, Ohio

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


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.

Sister Theresa White

Date of Birth: January 15, 1922 │ Age: 97
Place of Birth: Conneaut, Ohio

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