Obituary: Sister Alma Grollig, SNDdeN
Cincinnati OH – November 7, 2019 – Sister of Notre Dame de Namur Alma Grollig (formerly Jeanne Thérèse), died October 20, 2019 in Cincinnati, OH, at the age of 87. A native of Cincinnati, OH, she was in her 68th year of religious life.
Sister Alma taught grades three through eight in various parish schools in the Cincinnati area, then went on to teach English at Julienne, Badin, Chaminade Julienne, St. Joseph Maternity, and Mt. Notre Dame High Schools. She also taught journalism classes, overseeing the production of yearbooks and school newspapers.
After teaching for nearly 40 years and feeling called to work in a ministry more directly serving the poor, Sister Alma served for several years as co-director of the Cincinnati site of Notre Dame Mission Volunteers AmeriCorps. Her love of cooking led Sister Alma to serve as a dietician for several communities, including her Sisters at the Mt. Notre Dame convent. Her last assignment was in the Ohio Archives, where she helped set up a new museum, wrote memorials and researched many requests for information.
Besides her official ministries, Sister Alma volunteered as a receptionist for Weight Watchers for 21 years, was a member of The Holy Fools, a clown ministry group that donned makeup and colorful costumes to bring laughter and joy to patients in area hospitals and nursing homes, and participated in the Adopt-A-Sister Program with students from Mt. Notre Dame High School.
Memorials on behalf of Sister Alma may be made to the Retirement Fund of the Sisters of Notre Dame, 701 E. Columbia Avenue, Cincinnati OH 45215.
1954-1956 St. Xavier Parish School, Cincinnati, Ohio
1956-1959 St. George Parish School, Cincinnati, Ohio
1959-1962 St. James Parish School, Wyoming, Ohio
1962-1966 Julienne High School, Dayton, Ohio
1966-1970 Badin High School, Hamilton, Ohio
1970-1973 Julienne High School, Dayton, Ohio
1973-1977 Chaminade-Julienne High School, Dayton, Ohio
1977-1981 Dietary Department/Program Planner, Jesuit Retreat Center, Milford, Ohio
1981-1989 St. Joseph Maternity High School, Sharonville, Ohio
1983-1984 Mt. Notre Dame High School, Reading, Ohio
1989-1992 Mt. Notre Dame High School, Reading, Ohio
1992-1993 Head Cook, Mason Christian Village, Mason, Ohio
1993-1996 Dietary Department, Mt. Notre Dame Convent, Reading, Ohio
1996-1999 Co-Director, Cincinnati Site, Notre Dame Mission Volunteers AmeriCorps, Cincinnati, Ohio
1999-2000 Transition Team, Mt. Notre Dame Convent, Reading, Ohio
2000-2001 Data Entry, Province Offices, Mt. Notre Dame, Reading, Ohio
2001-2015 Archives Assistant, Ohio Unit Archives, Mt. Notre Dame, Reading, Ohio
2015-2019: Community Service, Mt. Notre Dame Health Center, Reading, Ohio
About the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur
The Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur are an international congregation founded in Amiens, France in 1804. In 2015, we celebrated our 175th year in the U.S., and our role in helping to shape the Catholic education system in the United States. Today, more than 1,100 Sisters of Notre Dame serve across the U.S. and in Belgium, Brazil, Democratic Republic of Congo, France, Great Britain, Haiti, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Peru, South Africa, South Sudan and Zimbabwe.