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Sister Norbert J. Wiley, SSJ, age 91, of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Northwestern Pennsylvania, died on June 4, 2014. She was celebrating her Diamond Jubilee this year, marking 75 years of religious life. Sister Norbert was born in Erie, Pennsylvania, on April 28, 1923, the daughter of the late Joseph and Olive Biebel Wiley.
She entered the Sisters of St. Joseph from Sacred Heart Parish, in Erie, Pa., on September 8, 1939, and professed her final vows on August 15, 1945.
Sister Norbert spent 12 years at Harborcreek Training School, Harborcreek, Pa., in special education and as librarian. During that time, she attended hockey games with the boys who lived there, which led to a lifelong passion for hockey. In 1984, she and another Sister were surprised with a visit from members of the Erie Blades hockey team, who presented them with season tickets. They considered Sister Norbert to be among their best fans and she was written about in an Erie Times-News column for her love of hockey. Sister Norbert was also an avid golf lover, and as the story goes, she played golf well into the evening the day prior to entering the convent.
Sister also taught for many years at St. John, St. Michael, St. Paul and Holy Rosary Schools in Erie; St. Agatha and St. Brigid Schools in Meadville; St. Francis School in Clearfield; and Holy Rosary School in Johnsonburg. She also served as housemother at the St. Joseph Home for Children in Erie. Sister Norbert served as Floor Supervisor at St. Mary's Home for over 28 years, from 1977 to 2005. She retired in 2005 and resided at the Sisters' Community Living Center in Erie, Pa.
Sister Norbert graduated from Villa Maria Academy, in Erie, in 1940, and continued her education at Villa Maria College, graduating in 1958 with a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education. Sister Norbert furthered her education at Penn State University
and Edinboro University of Pennsylvania.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother Rev. Joseph Wiley and two sisters, Kathryn Luber and Audrey Wiley.
She is survived by two nieces, Mary Kay Yochim of Waterford, Pa., and Karen Straite of Spartansburg, Pa.; and several grandnieces and grandnephews. She is also survived by her religious community, the Sisters of St. Joseph.
Friends may call at the Villa Maria Community Living Center, 5031 West Ridge Road, Erie, on Friday, June 6, 2014, from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., when a prayer service will be held. Calling hours continue on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m., when there will be a Mass of Christian Burial. Interment will be at Calvary Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Community Support Fund of the Sisters of St. Joseph, 5031 West Ridge Road, Erie, PA, 16506-1249.
The John J. Quinn Funeral Home, West 9th and Liberty St., is handling arrangements.
Published in the Erie Times-News from June 5 to June 6, 2014