Obituaries for April
Sister Anne Marie McCarrick
A Mass of Christian Burial for Sister of Notre Dame de Namur Anne Marie McCarrick was celebrated Feb. 12 at St. Julie Chapel at Mount Notre Dame Convent in Cincinnati. Sister Anne, 87, died Feb. 6. She was in her 70th year of religious life.
A native of Columbus, Sister Anne spent many years as an elementary school teacher in Chicago, Cincinnati, Columbus and Dayton. Sister Anne was a specialist in Montessori education. She was also vice-chancellor for the Diocese of Columbus for eight years. In 1992, Pope St. John Paul II awarded Sister Anne the Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice (for Church and Pope) Medal for her service to the church of Columbus.
Sister Anne is survived by her sister, Kathleen, and brothers, Bill and Patrick. Interment was in St. Joseph Cemetery in Columbus.
Sister Mildred “Micki” Flynn
A Mass of Christian Burial for Sister of Notre Dame de Namur Mildred “Micki” Flynn was celebrated Jan. 31 at Mount Notre Dame Health Center. Sister Micki, 80, died Jan. 24. She was in her 64th year of religious life.
A native of Chicago, Sister Micki taught at schools in Hamilton, Dayton and Cincinnati, along with teaching in Illinois. She also spent many years as adjunct English teacher at Northern Illinois, Loyola University in Chicago and almost 30 years as Associate Professor at South Dakota State University in Brookings, S.D. Sister Micki later took courses to become a spiritual director.
Sister Micki is survived by her siblings Mary Holland, Patty, Robert, William and John. Interment was in the convent cemetery.
Sister Margaret Usuka
A Mass of Christian burial for Sister of Notre Dame de Namur Margaret Usuka was celebrated March 26 at Mount Notre Dame Health Center. Sister Margaret, 91, died March 21. She was in her 73rd year of religious life.
Sister Margaret served as a teacher and servant of the poor in Cincinnati, Chicago, Arizona, Alaska and Kenya. Her artistic abilities and her openness to various cultures enabled her to become one with the people. Helping people was her main purpose in each of her ministries.
Interment was in the convent cemetery.
Sister Edith Louise Merhar
A Mass of Christian Burial for Sister of Charity Edith Louise Merhar was celebrated March 26 in the motherhouse chapel. Sister Edith Louise, 88, died March 19. She was a Sister of Charity of Cincinnati for 70 years.
A native of Cincinnati, Sister Edith Marie spent 44 years in educational ministry. In the archdiocese, she served at Marion High School and the College of Mount St. Joseph. She also taught in Michigan, Illinois and New Mexico. In addition, she ministered as a mathematics supervisor, consultant and multi-media center director in the Archdiocese of Detroit.
Interment was in the Sisters of Charity Cemetery.
Sister Joan Crocker
A Mass of Christian Burial for Sister of Charity of Cincinnati Joan Crocker was celebrated March 27 in the motherhouse chapel. Sister Joan, 92, died March 19. She was a Sister of Charity of Cincinnati for 75 years.
A native of Pendleton, Ore., Sister Joan’s ministry including elementary teaching, daycare administration, mission work and pastoral ministry. In the archdiocese, she served at St. William School in Price Hill. Sister Joan also spent 10 years as a missionary in Malawi, Africa, helping to establish small Christian communities. After retiring, she volunteered at a soup kitchen and with Habitat for Humanity.
Sister Joan is survived by her sister, Rosella McDowell. Interment was in the Sisters of Charity Cemetery.
Father Frank Schenk
A Mass of Christian Burial for Glenmary Father Francis Joseph Schenk was celebrated April 19 at St. Matthias Church in Cincinnati. Father Schenk, 102, died April 11. He was a Glenmary Home Missioner for 66 years.
A native of Mt. Vernon, Ind., Father Schenk entered Glenmary’s formation program in 1948. He made his first oath with Glenmary in 1951 and was ordained a priest in 1955. He attended St. Martin’s College in Olympia, Wash., and St. Gregory and Mount St. Mary’s seminaries in Cincinnati. He also studied Spanish in Cincinnati and Cuernavaca, Mexico.
After his ordination in 1955, Father Frank began serving in Sylva, Spruce Pine and North Wilkesboro, N.C. He also ministered in Oklahoma, Kentucky, Georgia and Arkansas. One of the first Glenmarians to study Spanish, Father Schenk started a Spanish Mass in all of his missions and provided outreach to migrant workers who needed help with transportation, translating services, food or work. On two occasions, Father Frank worked in Colombia as a pastor and a scout for potential Glenmary missions in South America. He accepted Glenmary senior membership at the age of 90.
Interment was in Gate of Heaven Cemetery.
Sister Jane Vogt
A Memorial Mass for Sister of Charity of Cincinnati Jane Vogt was celebrated April 13 in the motherhouse chapel. Sister Jane, 95, died April 6. She was a Sister of Charity of Cincinnati for 77 years.
A native of Cincinnati, Sister Jane served at St. Boniface, St. Dominic and St. Lawrence in Cincinnati, and St. Joseph in Springfield. She went on to do mission work in Peru, teaching and preparing other educators for classroom work. Sister Jane later served as an outreach worker in the pastoral care department at a hospital in Santa Fe, N.M. In addition, she ministered as the activities director at Mother Margaret Hall, as a missionary in Mexico, and as transportation coordinator at her community’s motherhouse.
Interment was in the Sisters of Charity Cemetery.