Obituary: Sister Mary Buckley, SNDdeN
Cincinnati OH – August 16, 2019 – Sister of Notre Dame de Namur Mary Buckley (formerly Mary Ellen), died July 17, 2019 in Cincinnati, OH, at the age of 93. A native of Chicago, IL, she was in her 76th year of religious life.
Sister Mary taught various Math courses, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, General Sciences and Religion for 43 years at Mt. Notre Dame Academy/High School, Cardinal Pacelli School and Summit Country Day School in Cincinnati; and Notre Dame High School in Hamilton. Her ability to articulate complex concepts in ways high school girls could easily understand, her creativity and her ease with so many different subjects made high schools the natural place for Sister Mary to serve.
Sister Mary also taught at an educational program maintained by the Cook County Jail and in the ESL Adult Education program at Wright College in Chicago. She was the epitome of a “life-long learner” as she attended workshops and summer courses including a two-week space program. Sister Mary was fun loving, and her sense of humor balanced her apparent seriousness.
Memorials on behalf of Sister Mary may be made to the Retirement Fund of the Sisters of Notre Dame, 701 E. Columbia Avenue, Cincinnati OH 45215.
1948-1949 Mt. Notre Dame Academy, Reading, Ohio
1949-1950 Cardinal Pacelli School, Cincinnati, Ohio
1950-1951 Notre Dame High School, Hamilton, Ohio
1951-1960 Notre Dame High School, Chicago, Illinois
1960-1966 Mt. Notre Dame Academy/High School, Reading, Ohio
1966-1969 Summit Country Day School, Cincinnati, Ohio
1969-1991 Notre Dame High School, Chicago, Illinois
1991-1992 Weston School of Theology, Cambridge, Massachusetts
1992-2005 Wright College, Chicago, Illinois
2005-2009 Dominican Literacy Center, Chicago, Illinois
2009 2012 Tutor/Volunteer, Mt. Notre Dame Health Center, Reading, Ohio
2012-2019: Community Service, Mount 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 1,300 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.
Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur change lives by making known God’s goodness. Throughout the world, they are committed to education and take a stand with poor people, especially women and children in the most abandoned places.