Obituaries for November 2016
Brother Charles Wanda
A Mass of Christian Burial for Marianist Brother Charles Wanda was celebrated Oct. 1 at the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception on the campus of the University of Dayton. Brother Charles, 80, died Sept. 21. He was a member of the Society of Mary (Marianists) for 53 years.
A Cleveland native, Brother Charles was a longtime teacher at Archbishop Moeller High School. He taught art and mechanical drawing, and was moderator of the yearbook, art club and Marianist LIFE (Living in Faith Experience). He was chairman of the fine arts department. Upon retiring from Moeller in 2004, Brother Charles moved to Dayton, where he became a resident artist at the Marianist Gallery at Mount Saint John.
Interment was at the Marianist cemetery on the campus of Mount Saint John.
Sister Jane (Mary Frances) Stier
A Mass of Christian Burial for Ursuline Sister Jane Stier was celebrated Oct. 13 at Sacred Heart Chapel in St. Martin. Sister Jane, 90, died Oct. 7 at the Mt. Notre Dame Health Center. She was a member of the Ursulines of Brown County for 68 years.
Sister Jane taught at Ursuline Academy for 10 years, worked in adult education for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, and taught at Thomas More College after obtaining her doctorate in theology at the Catholic University of America.
She is survived by her sister, Julie Schuermann, and brother J. Kent Stier.
Sister Mary Barbara (M. Madeleva) Agnew
A Mass of Christian Burial for Precious Blood Sister M. Barbara Agnew was held at the Salem Heights Chapel in Dayton Oct. 12. Sister Barbara, 91, died at the Cypress Pointe Health Campus in Englewood Oct. 8. She had been a Sister of the Precious Blood for 67 years.
A native of Dayton, Sister Barbara taught mainly in high schools in Wapakoneta, Cincinnati, and Cleveland. She later ministered in the theology department at Villanova University teaching, writing and doing research as a theologian and faculty member. A noted writer, she delivered numerous papers on various aspects of theology. After her retirement in 1999, Sister Barbara ministered in parish faith formation, literacy training in city prisons and working in a residence of formerly homeless men and women.
Interment was in the Salem Heights Cemetery.
Sister Margaret (M. DePorres) Morris
A Mass of Christian Burial for Precious Blood Sister Margaret Morris was held at Salem Heights Chapel on Oct. 13. Sister Margaret, 88, died at the Maria-Joseph Center (MJC) in Dayton on Oct. 9. She had been a Sister of the Precious Blood for 68 years.
A native of Dunkirk, Ind. Sister Margaret taught grade school in Ft. Wayne, Ind. for one year and in Mesa, Ariz. for two years. She spent the next 15 years as assistant sacristan at Salem Heights in Dayton. From 1967-78 she ministered as sacristan at Saint Peter in Chains Cathedral, and then served three years at the retreat house in Maria Stein. From 1981-87 she served at Salem Heights as sacristan and baked altar bread at Maria-Joseph Center. In 2000, Sister Margaret retired to Salem Heights.
Sister Margaret is survived by her sister, Dorothy Nipp. Interment was in Salem Heights Cemetery.
Sister Marie Virginia Lovato
A Mass of Christian Burial for Sister of Charity of Cincinnati Marie Virginia Lovato was celebrated Oct. 27 in the motherhouse chapel. Sister Maria Virginia, 82, died Oct. 9 at Mother Margaret Hall. She was a Sister of Charity of Cincinnati for 62 years.
Sister Marie Virginia served as a teacher and administrator, and in pastoral ministry in retreat work in Colorado and New Mexico.
Interment was in the Sisters of Charity Cemetery.
Father August “Gus” Guppenberger
A Mass of Christian Burial for Glenmary Father August Guppenberger was celebrated Nov. 15 at St. Matthias Church in Cincinnati. Father Guppenberger, 81, died Nov. 6. He was a Glenmary Home Missioner for 59 years.
A native of Cleveland, Father Guppenberger served in missions and ministries in Ohio, North Carolina, Texas, Georgia and Kentucky. In Cincinnati, he served in promotions and as his community’s local superior. After many years as a pastor, Father Gus returned to Cincinnati in 1990 to serve in the Mission Office. From 1998 until 2004, he served as assistant house director of the Glenmary residence. His last assignment before taking senior membership in late 2004 was as mission cooperation program coordinator for the Mission Education Ministry Office.
Father Guppenberger is survived by his brothers, Francis, James and Joseph, and sisters, Mary Yunker, Helene Beuler, Lois Gringer and Barbara Guppenberger.