SISTER TERESA Rita Noreen REDDINGTON, CSJ
Sister Teresa Reddington, the third of five children of the late Michael and Noreen Casey Reddington, was born in County Galway, Ireland, on September 21, 1931. She was baptized at St. Patrick’s in Kilmaine and confirmed at St. Mary’s in Westport. Teresa completed her elementary education at St. Columba’s School in Westport, County Mayo, and her secondary education at St. Brigid’s in Callan, County Kilkenny. She died at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, WV on November 27, 2008 at the age of 77.
Teresa entered the Congregation of St. Joseph in Wheeling on November 28, 1948. Upon her reception into the novitiate the following summer, she received the name of Sister Rita Noreen. On August 18, 1951, she made her first profession of vows of chastity, poverty, and obedience as a member of the Congregation of St. Joseph. Following the Second Vatican Council, she requested to be known by her baptismal name.
Sister Teresa earned a Bachelor of Science in Education as a Music Major from Marywood College in Scranton, Pennsylvania and a Master of Pastoral Studies from Loyola University in Chicago. From 1951 until 1976, she served as a teacher in parochial schools of the Wheeling-Charleston Diocese. She taught at St. John School in Benwood; All Saints in Bridgeport; St. Anne in Bristol, Virginia; St. Agnes in Charleston; St. James in Clarksburg; St. Anthony in Follansbee; St. Francis Xavier in Moundsville; Blessed Sacrament in South Charleston; St. Thomas in Thomas; Corpus Christi and St. Vincent de Paul in Wheeling. From 1971 until 1978, she ministered as teacher, pastoral musician, and religious educator at St. Anthony Parish in Follansbee. In 1978, Bishop Hodges appointed her parochial coordinator of Resurrection Mission in Belington, a position which she held until her untimely death.
Sister Teresa was preceded in death by her brother-in-law, Dennis Grundon. In addition to the Sisters of St. Joseph she is survived by: Marie Grundon of Toronto, Canada; Rita Reddington of New York, New York; Noreen and John Hartigan of Carpentersville, Illinois; Philomena and Paddy Mullin of County Mayo, Ireland as well as nieces and nephews in Chicago, Canada and Ireland
Parish Services in memory of Sister Teresa are as follows: Family and friends will be received from 3:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 30 at St. Brendan’s Catholic Church in Elkins, with Vigil Services at 7:30 p.m. On Monday, December 1, there will be visitation from 9:00 to 11:00 am followed by a Memorial Mass celebrated at 11:00 a.m. in St. Brendan’s Catholic Church.
Family and friends will be received from 1:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 2 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, December 3, 2008 in the Mount St. Joseph Chapel with Reverend Don Higgs presiding. Interment will be in the Sisters of St. Joseph section of Mount Calvary Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Sisters of St. Joseph of Wheeling Foundation, 137 Mount St. Joseph Road, Wheeling, WV 26003. Funeral arrangements by Altmeyer Funeral Home, Fourteenth and Eoff Streets, Wheeling.