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Sister of Charity of Cincinnati Jane Grosheider dies at age 92

10/19/2018 | Comments

DELHI TOWNSHIP, Ohio. Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Oct. 12 for Sister of Charity of Cincinnati Jane Grosheider. Burial followed in the Sisters of Charity cemetery. Sister Jane (formerly Sister Mary Christopher) died Sept. 19 at the age of 92 in Mother Margaret Hall, the nursing facility of the Sisters of Charity. She was a Sister of Charity for 75 years.

Sister Jane was born Margaret Jane on March 7, 1926, to Arthur R. and Agnes (Day) Grosheider in Denver. She was one of two children. 

Sister Jane attended St. Vincent de Paul elementary school and graduated from St. Mary Academy in Denver in 1943. She was inspired by Sisters she had as instructors at the College of Mount St. Joseph in Cincinnati, Ohio. It was the influence of Sister Margaret Loretto Ryan that brought her to enter the Sisters of Charity in February 1944.

Sister Jane earned a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from the College of Mount St. Joseph in 1957 and a Master of Education from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, in 1962. She received a Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Arts from Manhattanville College, Purchase, New York, in 1969. She did additional graduate work at St. Louis University and Regis College in Toronto.

Sister Jane’s ministries found her in the classroom for the first 20 years, beginning in 1945 at St. Mary in Lansing, Michigan, followed by St. James in Bay City, Michigan. She then returned to Colorado and taught at St. Therese School in Pueblo from 1949-55; Loyola Elementary in Denver from 1955-57; and St. Rose of Lima in Denver from 1957-63. From 1963-65, she taught at Elizabeth Seton High School in South Holland, Illinois, a girls’ high school founded by the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati.

Sister Jane was then called to serve in the formation of young women religious at the Sisters of Charity Motherhouse; this continued from 1965 through 1973, a time when there was much change occurring in religious life throughout the country. Sister Jane offered her God-given gift of presence that was reassuring to many young religious at that time.

From 1973 until 1983, Sister Jane served in Provincial leadership for the Sisters of Charity living in the Denver and Colorado Springs area. Following this she looked to clinical pastoral education and ministry as a chaplain at Penrose Hospital. She served in this capacity until her retirement in 2004.

Sister Jane offered spiritual direction, individual retreats and spiritual companioning to many. In retirement she continued to offer spiritual caregiving as part of Centura Health and Home, as well as volunteering with Them Bones, a post-traumatic stress disorder treatment program for soldiers returning to Fort Carson.

She moved to the Cincinnati Motherhouse in July 2018 when her health began to fail. Sister Jane is survived by a niece and a nephew. She was preceded in death by her brother, Roger.

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