Sister Mary Jean Crumb

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Sister Mary Jean, OSU

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Sister Mary Jean Crumb (Sister M. Raphael), 88, died at The Ursuline Center on Friday, November 30, 2012. She was born in Cleveland, Ohio to Ralph and Vera Eagle Crumb. She attended Rocky River H.S. and after graduating went to St. Joseph College, Emmitsburg, MD graduating in 1946. Sister entered the Ursuline Convent in 1946 after having been a counselor at the former Camp Ladyglen held at Nazareth Hall in Grand Rapids, OH. She attended the University of Detroit for graduate studies in chemistry and received a Masters Degree from the Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C. Sister also obtained National Science Foundation grants to further her studies at Indiana University, Penn State University and the Oak Ridge Institute of Nuclear Studies, Oakridge, TN.

Sister Mary Jean taught at Saint Angela Hall and Good Shepherd elementary schools and was a professor of Chemistry at Mary Manse College for twenty-five years, teaching many students from St. Vincent's Hospital and Mercy Hospital Schools of Nursing. When Mary Manse College closed in 1975, Sister Mary Jean became the Chemistry teacher at St. Ursula Academy, teaching high school Chemistry and Advanced Placement Chemistry. She was affectionately called "Sister Chem" by the young women in her classes. After she retired from teaching, Sister continued as a tutor and a volunteer especially for Hospice of Northwest Ohio. She was always interested in the sports programs at St. Ursula's and attended many games and tournaments of the volleyball and basketball teams. Her heart belonged to both the Cleveland Indians and the Cleveland Browns in good times and bad.

Sister Mary Jean was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Betty Lentz. She is survived by a brother, Ralph A. Crumb of Santa Rosa, CA, and a nephew, Dr. Edward Lentz of Halifax, PA, and her Ursuline Sisters.

Visitation will be after 3:00 p.m. on Monday, December 3, 2012, followed by a Vigil Service at 7:00 p.m. in the Ursuline Center Chapel. The funeral Liturgy will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, December 4, 2012, in the Ursuline Center Chapel. Memorials may be made to the Ursuline Convent of the Sacred Heart, 4045 Indian Road, Toledo, Ohio. Interment will take place at Resurrection Cemetery. Arrangements by Coyle Funeral Home 1770 Reynolds Road.
Published in Toledo Blade on Dec. 2, 2012
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