In Memoriam

Sister Julie Demchak, H.M., formerly Sr. Pauletta, died Tuesday, March 17, 2020 at Villa Maria Community Center.

Sister Julie Demchak faithfully dedicated herself for 45 years in the ministry of education in the Cleveland, Pittsburgh and Youngstown dioceses.

In the Cleveland diocese she taught at St. Raphael, Bay Village; St. Philip Neri, Cleveland; and St. Mary, Painesville and was principal at Ss. Philip & James, Cleveland; St. Richard, North Olmsted; and St. Albert the Great, North Royalton.

In the Youngstown diocese she taught at St. Barbara, Massillon, and St. Edward, Youngstown and was a teacher and then principal at St. Joseph, Ashtabula. She served for many years as an outreach volunteer in various Stark County locations.

Sr. Julie taught at Our Lady of Grace, Pittsburgh and was a pastoral care volunteer with the sisters in Visitation Hall at Villa Maria for several years prior to taking up residency at Villa Maria Community Center. She shared in the Ministry of Prayer and Ministry of faith-filled presence until her death. Sr. Julie was celebrating her 70th jubilee this year.

Sr. Julie was a kind and loving sister of the Humility of Mary whose life readily suggests that these hard times offer the opportunity to extend love and compassion to others. While we stay home and practice social distancing, we can phone a friend or family member to offer words of love and compassion and even a virtual hug; or check on senior citizens especially those who live alone; or drop off a meal for someone.

Let us also join in prayer asking God’s loving kindness for the needs of the world. “The Lord is kind and merciful.” Psalm 103.

Due to the current situation regarding gatherings in church, her burial has taken place in the Sisters’ Cemetery at Villa Maria. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at a later date.

She is survived by her sisters in the HM Community and several nieces and nephews and their families.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Stephen and Theresa (Buro) Demchak; her brothers, Michael Demchak and John Paul "Joner" Demchak; and her sisters, Jo Luther, Anne Marie Demchak, and Mary Schumacher.

Sr. Julie Demchak

Date of Birth: February 7, 1931 │ Age: 89
Place of Birth: Canton, Ohio

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


Sister Mary Cunningham, H.M., died Wednesday, January 22, 2020 at University Hospital in Cleveland.

Sister Mary dedicated herself to secondary education, parish and pastoral ministries and to walking with newer members of the Sisters of the Humility of Mary congregation. In times of illness she continued to serve through her personal witness and prayerfulness.

Prior to entering the Sisters of the Humility of Mary in 1971 she taught in the Diocese of Cleveland at the old Holy Name High School, Cleveland and at the former Lumen Cordium High School in Bedford, Ohio. She then taught at Magnificat High School, Rocky River.

While in the Diocese of Youngstown she taught and was Alumni Director at Central Catholic High School, Canton and then served as a pastoral associate at St. Michael the Archangel Parish, Canton.

As a member of the Membership and Affiliation Team of the Sisters of the Humility of Mary she served for eight years as formation director at Villa Maria, Pennsylvania.  

Ever concerned with ecology and the environment, Sr. Mary was an advocate for the care of the earth who researched diligently and shared that information with various groups.

She is survived by her sisters in the HM Community; her brother and sister-in-law, Frank and Kathleen Cunningham; and her nephews and nieces-in-law, Michael and Julie Cunningham, Kevin and Kerry Cunningham, and Christopher and Monica Cunningham and their families.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Helen (Gallagher) Cunningham.

Sr. Mary Cunningham

Date of Birth: October 9, 1946 │ Age: 73
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 Houk, H.M., formerly Sister Beatrix, died Wednesday, December 25, 2019 at Villa Maria Community Center.

Sister Mary Ann shared her gifts for teaching and administration for 42 years in schools in the Cleveland and Youngstown dioceses. In the Cleveland Diocese she taught and served as principal in Akron at Annunciation and St. Martha; she taught in Cleveland at Blessed Sacrament and in Rocky River at St. Christopher, and was a substitute teacher at St. James, Lakewood. Sister Mary Ann served as assistant principal and then associate administrator at St. Richard, North Olmsted. Following her retirement from education she ministered to the elderly for 12 years. Sister Mary Ann served as a volunteer at St. Martha Manor, Akron where she also was in residence.

In the Youngstown Diocese she was a teacher and served as principal at St. Mary, Conneaut and St. Louis, Louisville. She also taught at St. Barbara, Massillon and St. Stephen, Niles.

She joined her sisters at Villa Maria Community Center, Villa Maria PA in 2015 where she regularly visited with the sisters in Visitation Hall and participated in the HM Ministry of Prayer until her death.

She is survived by her sisters in the HM Community; her sister Janet Houk of Shaker Heights; and many nieces and nephews and their families.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Arvine and Bernice (Payne) Houk; her sisters, Nancy Haddad and Agnes Farnbauch; and her brothers Michael, Joseph, and Bill Houk.

Sr. Mary Ann Houk

Date of Birth: October 13, 1930 │ Age: 89
Place of Birth: Akron, Ohio

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