Saturday, February 7, 2004

Seton teacher Sr. Laura Mary Liegibel, 84

A Sister of Charity for 64 years

By William A Weathers
The Cincinnati Enquirer

DELHI TOWNSHIP - Sister of Charity of Cincinnati Laura Mary Liegibel, a former Seton High School assistant principal and teacher, died Monday at Mother Margaret Hall. She was 84.

Sister Laura Mary, who was born in Newport, was a Sister of Charity for 64 years. Until her recent hospitalization, she had been a resident of Green Township.

After earning a bachelor's degree in English from the College of Mount St. Joseph in Delhi Township and master's degree in education from Creighton University in Omaha, Neb., Sister Laura Mary worked in education for 40 years in Ohio, Colorado, New Mexico and Michigan.

In Greater Cincinnati, the 1937 Seton High School graduate was principal of Marian High School, which later became Purcell Marian, from 1972-80, and taught at the girls high school in Hyde Park from 1953-57 when it was called St. Mary. In between, Sister Laura Mary served as assistant principal and teacher at Seton High School in Price Hill from 1964-65.

"Sister Laura Mary was very well-liked as teacher and principal," said Sister of Charity Kathleen Lavelle, who lived with her for nearly 30 years. "She was involved with the students and with their parents. People remembered her."

After leaving the classroom in 1981, Sister Laura Mary worked for a senior housing complex in Price Hill, followed by seven years as a bookkeeper for the Franciscan Fathers in downtown Cincinnati. She retired in 1989.

Sister Laura Mary is survived by a sister, Mary Louise Wanninger; and many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

Mass of Christian burial was held Thursday at the Mount St. Joseph Motherhouse chapel.

Memorials can be made in Sister Laura Mary Liegibel's name to the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati Retirement Fund, 5900 Delhi Road, Mount St. Joseph, OH 45051.

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