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Sister Mary Weber, former OLPH School Administrator, at 93

Sister Mary Weber

Sister Mary Weber

Mary Weber, who later took the name of Sister Mary Loreen as a Dominican Sister from Amityville, died May 3, 2022. She was 93 years old and served as a Dominican Sister for 75 years.

She was born December 7, 1928 to Sabina and Charles Weber. Along with her twin sisters Theresa and Rita (S. Teresa Damien), her sister Sabina and brother Charles, she was educated and raised in St. Joseph Parish, Astoria.

On July 7, 1947 Mary entered the Novitiate at Amityville and was invested as a novice on August 4, 1948. She received the name Sister Mary Loreen and pronounced her vows on June 6, 1949.

Sister Mary received a Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Francis College, Brooklyn and a Master of Science from Fordham University. In 1949 Mary began her ministry as an educator serving in elementary schools in Brooklyn, Queens and Long Island. From 1973 to 1980, she was the administrator of Our Lady of Perpetual Help School in Lindenhurst and of Corpus Christi in Mineola. Many students, families and teachers still hold fond memories of her as principal, said a spokesperson for the Order.

Perhaps due to the strong influence and example of her mother, who had been a nurse in the Armed Forces, Mary began a new ministry in health-related services in 1980. She served as Director of Health Services at Calvary Hospital and at Our Lady of Mercy Hospital, Bronx and became Vice-President of Patient Related Services at St. Francis Hospital, Roslyn in 1991.

Someone coined the phrase “ the Dominican Madeleine Albright” to describe Mary’s strong leadership skills and caring ways. Mary was a gracious, spiritual, warm and welcoming woman with a wonderful sense of humor who loved life and all who came in contact with her.

She was predeceased by her parents, her sisters Theresa, Rita (S. Teresa Damien) and brother Charles She is survived by her sister Sabina, nephews, nieces as well as grandnephews and nieces. She is also survived by her dear, longtime and faithful friend S. Marie Rabuse and by her many loving friends in and outside the congregation.

The wake and funeral for Sister Mary was held May 6, 2022. Following a Mass of Christian Burial interment was in the Sisters Cemetery, Amityville.

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