Tuesday, September 7, 2004

Sr. Mary Jean Doerr, pharmacist, counselor


A Sister of Charity for 74 years, she was 92

By Karen Andrew
Enquirer Staff Writer

DELHI TWP. - Sister Mary Jean Doerr was a Sister of Charity of Cincinnati for 74 years as well as a hospital pharmacist for 26 years. She died Friday at Mother Margaret Hall nursing home. Sister Mary Jean was 92.

She was born in Portsmouth, Ohio, and earned her bachelor's degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Pharmacy in 1936.

From 1941-67, she worked as a pharmacist in Sister of Charity-sponsored hospitals in Ohio, Colorado and Michigan, including the Good Samaritan hospitals in Cincinnati and Dayton.

Her interests included spending time outdoors.

"Sister Mary Jean loved nature," said one of her friends, Sister of Charity Margaret Ebbing. "She was very friendly and always smiling. She had a winning smile."

Sister Mary Jean was also very private, added Sister Margaret.

"She was one of God's quiet ones, who truly lived her religion," she said.

After her retirement from the pharmacy in 1967, Sister Mary Jean joined the Sister Visitor Program at St. Joseph Hospital in Mount Clemens, Mich., where she offered compassion and comfort to patients and their families.

In 1980, she retired to the Mount St. Joseph Motherhouse in Delhi Township and in 1986, she moved into Mother Margaret Hall.

Her sisters, Cecilia McClosky and Kathryn Hunter, died earlier.

Her survivors include a niece and a nephew.

Visitation will be held 2-3:30 p.m. today in the Heritage Room of Mount St. Joseph Motherhouse, 5900 Delhi Road, with the Mass of Christian burial following at 3:30 p.m. in the Immaculate Conception Chapel at the Motherhouse. Burial will be in the Sisters of Charity cemetery.

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

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