Halsema O.S.F. Sr. Corinne Halsema, O.S.F., age 87, Saturday, June 21, 2014 at Mt. Carmel East. Sister entered the Sisters of St. Francis of Penance and Christian Charity, Stella, Niagara, NY in 1948 and made her Final Profession on August 17, 1951. She graduated from Rosary High School in 1944 and The Ohio State University with her B.S. in History and Social Studies in 1947 and her M.A. in Education in 1948. During her years of service Sister served in Ohio at the Shrine Center, Columbus, St. Ann's Hospital, Westerville, the Cathedral Book Shop and while retired at St. Catharine Convent continued to do volunteer work and spiritual direction. In New York, Sister served at Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart as both a teacher and principal; at Bishop McMahon High School, Buffalo as principal; as Novice Mistress; and, as Provincial Minister for the Sisters of St. Francis, Holy Name Province, Stella Niagara. Sister served her congregation as Minister General in Rome, Italy from 1979 to 1989. Sr. Corinne was the first sister from the United States to be elected to the position of Minister General of the Congregation. In this capacity she traveled the world, visiting and working with the sisters of the Congregation in six nations and ten international provinces. It was during her second term as Minister General that, on May 10, 1984, the Vatican approved the revised constitutions of the Congregation. As Provincial Minister, Sr. Corinne served as president of the Buffalo Diocesan Leadership Conference of Women Religious and was a Trustee of Rosary Hill College (now Daemen College) in Amherst, NY. Upon completion of her term as Provincial Minister, Sr. Corinne studied for one year at the University of Notre Dame in the program for religious leaders. Sister is preceded in death by her parents John and Constance Durbin Halsema, and sisters Mary (Bob) Bresnen and Margaret Troyan. Sister is survived by her sister and brother-in-law, Julie and Tom Devine; and brother-in-law, Joe Troyan; nieces, Joann (Chris) Dill), Cathy (Tory) Kramer, Ellen Troyan, Ann (Bart) Krieger, Marybeth (Doug) Hubbard and Patty (Randy) Beers; nephews, John Troyan, Tim Devine, Paul (Robin) Devine and Mike (Marcia) Devine; many cousins and great nieces and nephew; and, hundreds of Sisters in her Congregation. Friends may call Monday 4-7 p.m. at the EGAN-RYAN FUNERAL HOME, 403 E. BROAD ST., where there will be a wake service at 6:30 p.m. and also Tuesday 10-11 a.m. at St. Catharine Church, 500 S. Gould Rd., where the Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Burial will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery. Friends who wish may contribute in Sister's memory to the Franciscan Sisters of Stella Niagara, 4421 Lower River Rd., Stella Niagara, NY 14144. Visit www.egan-ryan.com.
Published in The Columbus Dispatch from June 23 to June 24, 2014
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