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Mary Colombo

April 18, 2012
The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

COLOMBO, Sister Mary Jean (Jane Frances), daughter of the late Battista and Antonia Tiano Colombo, died at Mount St. Joseph on Monday, April 16, 2012.

She was born in Stonewood (formerly Norwood), West Virginia, on September 7, 1933, and attended Norwood Elementary and Jr. High and Roosevelt Wilson High Schools.

She entered the Congregation of St. Joseph on August 22, 1951, and made her first profession of vows on March 19, 1954, the Feast of St. Joseph. She received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education from Duquesne University.

In her early years of ministry she served at St. John Home for Boys before beginning her teaching career in diocesan schools: St. Peter and later Fairmont Catholic; St. Mary in Clarksburg; St. Vincent de Paul in Wheeling; St. Patrick in Weston. From 1969-1973 she served at Sacred Heart Mission in Jalapa, Guatemala, as part of the team sent there from the Diocese of Wheeling. Upon her return to West Virginia, Sister Mary Jean ministered in the pediatrics department as a Child Life Worker and later as a member of the pastoral care department at St. Joseph's Hospital in Parkersburg.

Since her retirement in 1995, she has provided volunteer services for countless people in need and also by her welcoming presence through the Sisters of St. Joseph Charitable Fund. She also volunteered at Colombo's Family Restaurant in Parkersburg. She resided in Belpre, Ohio.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers, Frank Colombo, Louis Colombo, James Colombo, Dr. J.N.Colombo, Anthony Colombo, Raymond Colombo, Russell Colombo, Sam Guzzo Colombo, Orlando Colombo, and Dr. Armando Colombo; her sisters Rose Barberio, Velma Colombo, Pasquelina Wartman, Teresa Cuckler, Sister Mary Frances Cabrini Colombo, Angela Colombo, and Margaret Lopez. She is survived by her brother Rudolph Colombo and his wife Sondra; her sister Josephine Quinn; and two sisters-in-law Lillie Colombo and Kathleen Colombo, all of Clarks burg; as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Family and friends will be received from 1-9 p.m. on Wednesday, April 18, at Mount St. Joseph, 137 Mount St. Joseph Road, Wheeling where Vigil Services will be held at 7 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 19, in the Mount St. Joseph Chapel with Rev. Andrew M. Switzer as celebrant. Interment in the Sisters of St. Joseph section at Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Congregation of St. Joseph -Wheeling Center, 137 Mount St. Joseph Road, Wheeling, WV 26003.

Funeral arrangements by Altmeyer Funeral Home, Fourteenth and Eoff Streets Wheeling.

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