Sr. Mary Grace FREEMAN, S.S.J.

November 6, 1903 - April 20, 2003

11/06/1903 - 04/20/2003

Past Services

Monday April 21, 2003
1:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Mount St. Joseph
137 Mount St. Joseph Road
Wheeling, WV 26003
Tuesday April 22, 2003
11:00 am
Mt. Saint Joseph
Pogues Run Road
Wheeling, WV 26003
Tuesday April 22, 2003
12:00 pm
Mt. Calvary Cemetery Wheeling
National Road
Wheeling, WV 26003

FREEMAN, Sister Mary Grace Vesta, a Sister of St. Joseph for eighty years, died in Wheeling Hospital on Easter Sunday, April 20, 2003. She was looking forward to celebrating her hundredth birthday later this year. She was born in Grafton, WV on Nov. 6, 1903, the daughter of the late James and Julia Goodling Freeman. In June of 1922, she graduated from St. Augustine’s High School in Grafton and a year later entered the Sisters of St. Joseph on August 15. Sister Mary Grace continued her education in Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia, where she received an A.B. in Latin and Social Studies. She was actively engaged in the ministry of education for 29 years. Former students will remember her from her many years of teaching at St. Joseph’s Academy and Central Catholic High School in Wheeling. She also taught at St. Peter’s, Fairmont, St. Patrick’s Weston and Corpus Christi, Warwood. Even during her retirement years at Mount St. Joseph, she continued to tutor students in reading. Sister Mary Grace served her congregation as Director of Novices from 1940-1961 and is fondly remembered by those members of the Sisters of St. Joseph whose lives were touched by her guidance and direction. Family and friends will be received from 1:30 – 9:00 p.m. Monday, April 21, at Mount St. Joseph Chapel, 137 Mount St. Joseph Road, Wheeling where a vigil service will be held at 8:00 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, April 22 in Mount St. Joseph Chapel with the Rev. Leo Lydon as celebrant and the Rev. Bert Valdes as homilist. Interment will follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Sisters of St. Joseph Foundation, 137 Mount St. Joseph Road, Wheeling, WV 26003.

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