CREMIN, Sister Mary Mary Philip, CSJ, the seventh of eight children of the late Timothy and Hannah O’Neill Cremin, was born in Coolclough, Kanturk, County Cork, Ireland, on September 2, 1924. She completed her elementary education at Dromagh School in County Cork, and her secondary education at St. Brigid’s in Callan, County Kilkenny. She died at Mount St. Joseph, Wheeling, WV, on August 22, 2012 at the age of 87.
Mary entered the Congregation of St. Joseph in Wheeling on February 19, 1946. Upon her reception into the novitiate, she received the name of Sister Mary Philip. On August 19, 1948, she made her first profession of vows of chastity, poverty, and obedience as a member of the Congregation of St. Joseph.
Sister Mary earned a Bachelor of Education degree from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She served as a teacher in parochial schools of the Wheeling-Charleston Diocese for 48 years. She taught at St. Mary’s in Clarksburg; St. John’s in Benwood; St. Peter’s in Fairmont; Blessed Trinity and Corpus Christi in Wheeling; and a total of 21 years at St. Francis Xavier in Moundsville. She also served as Assistant House-mother at St. Vincent’s Home in Wheeling. She retired to Mount St. Joseph in 1996, where she was engaged in community service and prayer ministry.
In addition to her parents, Sister Mary was preceded in death by her brothers Timothy, Patrick, Denis, Philip, and Charles and her sisters Eleanor Cullinane and Nora Lynch. In addition to the Sisters of St. Joseph, she is survived by several nieces, nephews, grand nieces, grand nephews, and cousins.
Family and friends will be received from 1:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 28, at Mount St. Joseph, 137 Mount St. Joseph Road, Wheeling, where Vigil Services will be held at 7:00 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, August 29, 2012, in the Mount St. Joseph Chapel. Interment will be in the Sisters of St. Joseph section of Mount Calvary Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Congregation of St. Joseph, 137 Mount St. Joseph Road, Wheeling, WV 26003. Funeral arrangements by Altmeyer Funeral Home, Fourteenth and Eoff Streets, Wheeling.
Online condolences may be offered to the family at altmeyer.com