TIFFIN - Sister Mary Charles Scherley, 90, of the Sisters of St. Francis, of Tiffin, Ohio, died at 6 a.m. Thursday, May 3, 2013, at St. Francis Home.
Sister Mary Charles was born June 25, 1922, to Charles and Celestine (Hahl) Scherley, in Reed, Ohio.
She is survived by a sister, Margaret Williams, of Sandusky, Ohio.
She was preceded death by six sisters, Helen Russett, Mary Laub, Lucille Rhoad, Bernadette Hahler, Rose Meggitt, Florence Evans, and three brothers, Leonard, Arthur, and Edwin Scherley.
Sister Mary Charles for 22 years served as an elementary teacher in the following schools: St. John, Landeck; St. Bernard, New Washington; St. Sebastian, Bismark; St. Louis, Custar; St. Joseph, Fort Jennings; St. John the Baptist, Payne; St. Patrick, Bryan; and Mother of Sorrows, North Auburn. She also served as principal at St. John the Baptist, Payne and Mother of Sorrows, North Auburn.
Upon leaving the field of education, Sister Mary Charles's ministry led her to St. Francis Home in 1970 where she began ministering to the elderly instead of the "little ones." While there she served in many capacities: associate administrator, personnel director, supervisor of the front office, sacristan, receptionist, and volunteer. At the time of her death she was a Minister of Prayer and Service.
During her 31 years of employment at St. Francis Home she touched the lives of many residents by taking time from her busy day to speak with them, listen to them, offer them a helping hand, and pray for them. She also reached out to the family members of the residents and the employees.
Sister Mary Charles spent her entire life putting her faith into action by working cooperatively with others, serving others, and caring for all creation in a Franciscan spirit of hospitality, simplicity, and joy.
Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Sunday, May 5, and 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, May 6, all at St. Francis Home Chapel, 182 St. Francis Ave., Tiffin, Ohio 44883. Visitation will also be 2-7 p.m. Monday with a Wake service at 4 p.m. and 9-10:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 7, -all at St. Francis Convent Chapel, 200 St. Francis Ave., Tiffin.
The funeral Mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Francis Convent Chapel officiated by the Rev. Patrick Rohen. Burial will be immediately following in the St. Francis Convent Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Francis Convent or St. Francis Home in care of the Traunero Funeral Home and Crematory, 214 S. Monroe Street, Tiffin Ohio 44883.
To send condolences, or for directions, go to www.traunerofuneralhome.com.