Sister Therese Marie

THERESE MARIE TUSZYNSKI  | Obituary  | Published in The Cleveland Plain Dealer

SR. THERESE MARIE SISTER THERESE MARIE TUSZYNSKI died Wednesday, May 8, 2013, at the age of 82 in Mother Margaret Hall, the nursing facility of the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati. She was born Rosaline Tuszynski on Oct. 13, 1930, to Francis and Mary (Nowacki) Tuszynski in Detroit, MI. Sister Therese Marie was a Sister of Charity of Cincinnati for 63 years. Sister Therese Marie attended St. Leo School in Detroit. She attributed the contacts she had with the Sisters of Charity who taught her as encouraging her to follow a religious vocation. Sister entered the Congregation in 1949, following her high school graduation. Sister Therese Marie earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the College of Mount St. Joseph in 1958. She earned a master’s degree in American History from the Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C. in 1970. For 48 years Sister Therese Marie taught as a secondary and junior high instructor in Michigan and Ohio. She began ministering in 1951 at Holy Name in Cleveland. After five years she moved to Holy Angels, Sidney, Ohio, (1956 – ’60); she also served at St. Michael, Findlay, Ohio (1960 – ’63). S. Therese Marie began working with high school students at Marian (now Purcell Marion) High School, Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1963. She ministered in the same role at St. Mary, Jackson, Mich., (1966 – ’68). For the next 31 years Sister Therese Marie served the high school students at Holy Name, Parma Heights, Ohio, a place she loved. In 2000 she chose to become a professor of history at Lakeland Community College, Kirtland, Ohio, where she remained until 2003 when she moved to the Motherhouse of the Sisters of Charity in Delhi. Ever the educator, Sister volunteered her talents as a GED instructor, helping students to gain the knowledge and skills needed. She also taught in the College of Mount St. Joseph (Cincinnati) LifeLearn Program, a program of noncredit educational opportunities for learners 50 years and older. In 2007 S. Therese Marie retired from teaching following 56 years of guiding, coaching and mentoring young minds; her classroom was always a hub of focused learning. She has since served in the ministry of prayer in Mother Margaret Hall. Sister Diana Durling recalls that her friend was a woman of great depth and faith. “She often spoke of her appreciation of the beauty of life. She conveyed her perceptions in a simple, heartfelt manner. Therese spoke with reality and meaning, never giving into small talk. She contained a quality of sincerity moving forward with determination and completeness. Therese’s love of knowledge was shared with students of all ages; she made history come alive for them. Several have expressed their gratitude recently for the impact she had upon their lives. Therese met her illnesses in a straightforward manner, taking each challenge with grace. In her own introspective way she met theses challenges and lived with the limitations she endured. Sharing life with Therese Marie was a privilege. She was a sincere giver in deeds rather than words. What a blessing she has been to me,” said S. Diana. Sister Therese Marie Tuszynski is survived by nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her brother Jerome Tuss and her sister, Christine Kudlaczyk. Visitation for Sister Therese Marie Tuszynski will be held from 2 PM-3 PM Monday, May 13, 2013 in the Heritage Room of the Sisters of Charity Motherhouse, Mount St. Joseph, OH, followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 3PM in the Motherhouse chapel. Burial will be in the Sisters of Charity cemetery. Memorials may be made in Sister Therese Marie Tuszynski’s name to the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati Retirement Fund, 5900 Delhi Rd., Mount St. Joseph, OH 45051.