Sister Marie Gruber

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Sister Marie Gruber, RSM, a member of the Sisters of Mercy Mid-Atlantic Community died Friday, April 6, 2018, at Mercy Center in Dallas.

Sister was born Nov. 27, 1924, in Pottsville, and was the daughter of Henry and Hellena Hellenthal Gruber. Sister Marie graduated from Immaculata High School in Mendham N.J. She received a degree in elementary education from Marywood University and attended additional classes at King's College.

Sister Marie began her religious life with the Sisters of Christian Charity in Mendham, N.J. In 1940, she professed her vows. Her early years were shared in the ministry of Education in the diocese of New Jersey.

In 1977, Sister Marie transferred her vows to the Sisters of Mercy and continued as a teacher in the dioceses of Harrisburg and Altoona Johnstown. Later, Sister Marie shared her many gifts in Guyana, South America, where she tutored children at the orphanage and supported staff at St. Joseph's Mercy Hospital.

Returning to the United States, she was an outreach worker at Project Remain, the Catherine McAuley House in Plymouth and assisted at the Plymouth Library. In recent years, Sister Marie was a member of the Prayer Ministry at Mercy Center and continued to be involved in various projects. Her willingness to be of assistance never grew old.

Sister Marie was preceded in death by her parents and her sisters, Catherine Hunter, Teresa Gruber and Rita Mendinsky.

She is survived by her niece, Marie Mendinsky, who was very faithful in calling and visiting; her friends in the Sisters of Christian Charity and the Sisters of Mercy.

The celebration of her life will begin at 9 a.m. Tuesday April 10, 2018, in the chapel at Mercy Center Dallas, followed by visitation until 10:15 a.m. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Burial will follow at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Carverton.

Memorial contributions may be made to Mercy Center, P.O. Box 370, Dallas, PA.
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Published in Citizens' Voice on Apr. 8, 2018