Sisters of Notre Dame…Missioned to Incarnate the Love of our good and provident God

Sister Evelyn Mary   

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(formerly Sister Mary Clareanne)

Evelyn Therese SATANEK

Christ the King Province, Chardon, Ohio, USA

Date and Place of Birth:            December 17, 1933   Lakewood, Ohio
Date and Place of Profession: August 16, 1954         Cleveland, Ohio
Date and Place of Death:         May 26, 2018             Health Care Center, Chardon, Ohio
Date and Place of Funeral:       May 31, 2018             Provincial Center, Chardon, Ohio
Date and Place of Burial:          June 1, 2018              Resurrection Cemetery, Chardon, Ohio

Evelyn Therese was the middle child born to John and Anna (Kachurik) Satanek. She had a deep and beautiful love for her parents and two siblings who were always a treasured part of her life. Childhood days were happy as the close-knit family played, worked and prayed together. From her early years, Evelyn had a special attraction and devotion to St. Therese and wanted to emulate her spirituality and life of prayer. She had met and admired the Sisters of Notre Dame at SS. Cyril & Methodius Elementary School and then at Notre Dame Academy. After graduation, she entered the Congregation on September 8, 1951, and at investment received the name Sister Mary Clareanne. Later, she returned to her baptismal name.

Sister Evelyn Mary received a bachelor’s degree in education from Notre Dame College, South Euclid, Ohio; a master’s degree in geography from Boston College in Massachusetts; and a doctoral degree in educational psychology from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. Her ministry in the field of education spanned forty years. She served as a teacher in junior high; professor of education at St. John College and Notre Dame College; and intermediate resource teacher at Julie Billiart School, Lyndhurst, Ohio. Sister Evelyn Mary was a life-long learner and able to adapt to students’ different learning styles. She dedicated herself to excellence in Catholic education as she imparted her own love for learning with well-prepared, organized classes. She was a conscientious, honest and straightforward teacher who strove to meet the individual needs of her students. In 1972, Sister was selected as an Outstanding Educator of America, an annual national award based on exceptional contributions to the advancement of higher education, achievement and leadership. Her professional expertise was respected and appreciated. Her warm, infectious smile was always welcoming.

After a casual meeting one summer many years ago, Sister Evelyn Mary and Sister Mary Ann Tusai entered into a unique, lasting friendship. They delighted in hiking and camping, exploring and traveling, finding God in all of creation. For twelve years they worked tirelessly at the recycling of metals to earn funds for inner-city schools. When Sister Evelyn Mary moved to the Provincial Center, she also assisted in the Vocation Office and with pastoral care at Heather Hill. In the midst of her very full days, she found time to create items for the ND Boutique.

In 2015, Sister suffered a stroke which left her with residual weakness. Even in illness, she radiated a sense of peace through her gentleness and pleasant disposition, and remained the essence of kindness through her smile. Sister Evelyn Mary’s greatest joy was to immerse herself in the bountiful love of her God. Throughout her illness these past three years, Sister journeyed with trust and acceptance. Each day she was a bit closer to the ultimate vision of her life—union with God. May Sister Evelyn Mary now be embraced by the unlimited love of our good God.

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