Francesca DiBacco

December 31, 2002

12/31/2002

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Visitation
Thursday January 02, 2003
1:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Mount St. Joseph
137 Mount St. Joseph Road
Wheeling, WV 26003
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Cemetery
Friday January 03, 2003
Mt. Calvary Cemetery Wheeling
National Road
Wheeling, WV 26003
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Service
Friday January 03, 2003
10:00 am
Mt. Saint Joseph
Pogues Run Road
Wheeling, WV 26003
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DiBACCO, Sister Francesca, a member of the Sisters of Saint Joseph for 73 years, died Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2002, in Mount Saint Joseph, Wheeling, WV. She was 95 years of age.
Sister Francesca was well known throughout the Wheeling area where she spent 24 years as a primary teacher at Cathedral Grade School.
She attended grade school and high school in Thomas, studied at Fairmont State and Potomac State Colleges and taught school in the Tucker County School System for several years.
On June 10, 1930, she entered the Sisters of Saint Joseph. She attended Duquesne University where she received a B.Ed and M.Ed. She did advanced work in educational curriculum development at Catholic University in Washington.
Sister Francesca’s primary ministry in education focused on the element level, especially the first grade. She taught in St. Mary’s School, Wheeling, St. Patrick’s, Weston, WV, and Blessed Trinity School, Wheeling. During her 24 years at Cathedral Grade School, she served as principal for many years.
Sister Francesca was appointed supervisor of elementary schools staffed by the Sisters of Saint Joseph and was named Diocesan Supervisor of Schools.
Appointed to service within the Sisters of Saint Joseph, Sister Francesca served as director of the Juniorate Formation Program and a member of the Formation Team.
In 1970, Sister Francesca was appointed Director of the Christian Action Center St. Joseph Center a retreat facility located at Mount Saint Joseph.
Retirement for Sister Francesca was the continuation of her role as director of the center, and the beginning of a new ministry in Potter Spirituality based on Jeremiah 18:1 1-10. A special giftedness in ceramics and the use of the potter’s wheel as an art in spiritual development enabled Sister Francesca to deepen her own relationship with God and to share with others through prayer, retreats and spirtual direction this unique form of spirituality.
In 1980, Sister Francesca was honored for her achievements in education and community service by the Planning and Organizing Committee of the Italian Festival in Clarksburg, WV.
She was honored by Wheeling Catholic Elementary School in the annual presentation of the Sister Francesca Award to an outstanding individual dedicated to Catholic education.
Sister Francesca is survived by her brothers, Vincent and Albert, who reside in Thomas, and Abe, who lives in Martinsburg, WV.
She has numerous nieces and nephews, among whom is the Rev. John Vincent DiBacco, pastor of St. Joseph’s Church in Martinsburg.
She is remembered by former students, families and friends throughout the diocese.
Family and friends will be received 1:30-9 p.m. Thursday in the chapel at Mount Saint Joseph, 137 Mount St. Joseph Road, Wheeling, where vigil services will be held at 7 p.m.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated a 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 3, 2003 in Mount Saint Joseph Chapel with Father DiBacco as presider.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Sisters of St. Joseph Foundation.
Arrangements were made by Altmeyer Funeral Home, 1400 Eoff St., Wheeling.

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MARTHA M. WILLIAMS
8 years ago

I ALWAYS THOUGHT SO MUCH OF HER HOW GREAT SHE WAS. SHE WATCHED ME GROW UP THROUGH SCHOOL. ME PRAYERS ARE WITH ALL OF YOU