Sister Lucille

Sister Lucille Toth, SDR

75th Anniversary


Sister Lucille Toth, SDR (formerly Sister Marie) was born on Cleveland’s East Side; her home parish was St. Margaret of Hungary. She was one of many girls whom the pastor, Msgr. Andrew Kollar, encouraged to join the Sisters of the Divine Redeemer. Sr. Antonia, SDR also had an influence on Sr. Lucille. As a highschooler, Sr. Lucille passed her former grade school each morning on the way to her streetcar stop. At times she would visit Sr. Antonia in her classroom, even help her, for example, by writing on the blackboard sentences for the students to diagram.

After high school and working briefly as a clerk at Pekoe’s Hardware Store, Sr. Lucille entered the Sisters of the Divine Redeemer in 1944, professing her vows 2 ½ years later. She received her B.S. degree in Education from St. John’s College in Cleveland and began teaching Grade 1 in 1946 at Little Flower Orphanage in Darby, Pennsylvania. She went on to teach for 25 years in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New York—all grades except Grade 2. Her favorites were Grades 5-6.

Sr. Lucille then attended Robert Morris Business College (Pittsburgh) and served in the business office at several of the Community’s institutions, the longest being treasurer at Villa St. Teresa Assisted Living Home in Darby, Pennsylvania for 22 years.

Sister retired in 2005 and returned to the Motherhouse in Elizabeth, Pennsylvania where she helped out at the reception desk. Today she continues to serve by offering her sufferings and prayers for the needs of the Church and for others.

If you were to enter Sr. Lucille’s bedroom you would find an array of pictures of our Holy Father, Pope Francis, and of priests who helped Sister over the years and with whom she became friends. Today each of these—and seminarians—are remembered in her prayers.

Sister Lucille is devoted to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, to the Blessed Mother, to the Holy Trinity and to her patron, St. Lucy.

One of Sr. Lucille’s most treasured memories is the year she helped take care of her own sister, Sister Cecilia Toth, when she was dying at Divine Redeemer Memorial Hospital in So. St. Paul, Minnesota.

On the lighter side, Sister enjoys reading, following comic strips in the newspaper, watching “Jeopardy” and “Little House on the Prairie”, and eating strawberry ice cream.

When it comes time for Sr. Lucille to meet the Lord, we think she might be taken up—as in the words of her favorite hymn—“On Eagle’s Wings”.
 
Happy Anniversary, Sister Lucille!
We Remember
December
Merciful Jesus, grant them eternal rest.
1Sister M. Martha Berdar 1985
6Sister M. Sabina Horvath 1962
11Sister M. Lucretia Seif 2002
16Sister M. Colombiere Hofstetter 2012
20Sister M. Catherine Kocsak 1995
22Sister M. Perpetua Takacs 1987
25Sister M. Fidelis Biro 1997
29Sister M. Imelda Siebert 1986

Mass Schedule:
7:30 AMMonday:
7:30 AMTuesday:
7:30 AMWednesday:
7:30 AMThursday:
7:30 AMFriday:
8:00 AMSaturday:
8:00 AMSunday:
8:00 AMHolidays:
Holy Hour - Adoration:
Thursday before First Friday: 7:00 - 8:00 PM