STELLA NIAGARA —
Sr. Geraldine Warthling, OSF, (formerly S. Mary Cordis) of Stella Niagara, passed away on Wednesday, January 2, 2013.
She was born Geraldine Teresa Warthling, in Lackawanna, NY, on August 1, 1937, a daughter of the late Cyril and Edith (Blehl) Warthling.
After graduating from South Park High School in 1955, she entered the Sisters of St. Francis of Penance and Christian Charity at Stella Niagara and made her profession of vows on August 23, 1961. She received her Bachelors of Arts Degree from Rosary Hill College and her Master's Degree from Manhattan College, in Riverdale, NY.
Sister Geraldine taught and was a head of the Mathematics Dept. at Rosary High School and a head of the Religion Department at Bishop Wehrle High School, both in Columbus, OH. She also served as the Director of Youth Retreats and Director of Youth and Young Adults Ministry for the Diocese of Columbus. Sister was the Professor of Pastoral Ministry at Pontifical College Josphinum in Columbus. She had also taught at Charleston Catholic High School in Charleston, WV, and was the Director of Campus Ministry and Vice President of Student affairs and St. Leo College in Dade City, FL.
Sister Geraldine returned to Stella Niagara in 1995 where she was a Provincial Councilor for the Sisters of St. Francis, a Home Health Visitor with Mercy Home Health Care and a director with the Warde Center in Buffalo, NY. She retired at Stella Niagara in August of 2009.
Sister Geraldine is survived by one sister, Joan (Edward) Roberts; and many nieces and nephews. She was the sister of the late Betty Ann (Thomas) Fanning and the Rev. William Warthling.
The family will be present on Sunday from 2-7 PM at Stella Niagara, 4421 Lower River Road, where a prayer service will be held at 7:00 PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday at 10:00 AM in the Sisters Chapel at Stella Niagara. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Sisters of St. Francis, 4421 Lower River Road, Stella Niagara, NY 14144. Interment at Stella Niagara Cemetery, Lewiston, NY.
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