In Memoriam


Sister Mary J. (Clare Olivia) Beaubien, OP

Sister Geraldine Maloney, OP(1928-2023)

Mary, the world is a better place because you graced it with your presence as a woman of faith who was committed to education as a path to peace and justice among all people.

Sister Rosemary Asaro, the Holy Rosary Chapter assistant, was speaking of Sister Mary Beaubien, for whose wake Sister Rosemary was preaching the eulogy and from whose autobiography Sister Rosemary had just read aloud this sentence: “Education is the means by which peace and justice are effectively accomplished.”

Mary Josephine was the third of five surviving children born to Oliver and Clara (Sierin) Beaubien, following Cecelia and Joseph and before Margaret and Robert. Oliver and Clara’s first child, a boy, died at just four days old.

Oliver was born in Monroe County, Michigan, while Clara was born in Paulding County, Ohio. The two met because Clara came to work for Oliver’s mother, a widow after the Beaubien family moved to Paulding County. Oliver was twenty-nine, and Clara was nineteen.

The couple farmed a tract of land in Paulding County. Early on in their marriage, they took in three children whose parents had died or could not care for them, and so their oldest daughter, Cecelia, was born with a ready-made group of brothers.

Read more about Sister Mary (PDF).

 

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Sister's Memorial Card (PDF)

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Avatar  Katie Sheahan VanHiel 8 months agoReply

Sister Clare Olivia: you gave me so much in my years at St.Dominic’s. Thank you for your patience and understanding. You were tough when I needed it and trusting when I needed that. I did finally get my RD…it took awhile! You will never be forgotten.

Avatar  Karin Barbee 8 months agoReply

I have fond memories of Sr. Mary at SHU. She happily received boxes of old lecture notes, photos, and pretty much anything we found in offices and carried down to the library. She seemed genuinely invested in preserving the history of the institution. My condolences to her loved ones.

Avatar  Bobbie Kott 8 months agoReply

Sr. Clare was my favorite teacher at St. Dominic. She was fun in class and an inspiration to many. She led a remarkable life of service and dedication to others. I’m sad to hear of her passing. May she rest in peace.



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