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College Community Mourns the Loss of Sr. Anna Margaret Gilbride, OSU, Ph.D. ’56SJ

January 16, 2012

A beloved member of the Ursuline community Sister Anna Margaret Gilbride, OSU, Ph.D. ’56SJ passed away on January 16.

Funeral Services for Sister Anna Margaret
3:00 - 6:45 PM, Thursday, January 19, 2012
Ursuline Motherhouse, 2600 Lander Road, Pepper Pike
Funeral Mass: 7:00 PM Thursday, January 19, 2012
Chapel of the Most Holy Trinity (Motherhouse)
Burial Service: 9:30 AM Friday, January 20, 2012
Saint Angela Center Chapel
Interment will follow at All Souls Cemetery, Chardon

Click here to read and share memories of, and condolences for, Sr. Anna Margaret.

The youngest of seven children born to James and Catherine Gilbride, Sr. Anna Margaret followed in her sister Catherine’s footsteps and entered the Ursuline Sisters in 1945. She attended Ursuline Academy of the Sacred Heart and then went on to gain her undergraduate degree from St. John College of Cleveland. She obtained a graduate degree from the University of Notre Dame in theology and a doctorate in higher educational administration from Kent State University. Sister taught primary school at Holy Cross, St. Paul and St. Robert Bellarmine schools in Euclid, and St. Jerome and St. Catharine schools in Cleveland.

Throughout her many years at Ursuline, Sr. Anna Margaret wore many hats including dean of students and later vice president for student affairs. She ministered to students with kind understanding and gentle firmness. Everyone found that Sister had a consistently approachable manner, a good sense of humor, a kind demeanor and a genuine interest in every person she met.

For over twenty years, Sister was considered a well-informed, well-read and well-prepared theology professor. She loved her students and wanted them to grow in knowledge and love of God. After Vatican II, it was Sr. Anna Margaret who was instrumental in renewing the Ursulines of Cleveland in knowledge and devotion to their foundress, St. Angela Merici. She knew how to make Angela’s spirit come alive.

Beginning in 1987, Sister served as assistant to the president. Her keen memory and her ability to meet people easily with genuine charm and warmth made her ideal for the position. While not ostensibly demonstrative, she was quick to put her arms around others with her kind words. Her prayerful spirituality enabled her to look beyond the exterior and superficiality in others to see the good within. The Alumnae Association of the College appropriately honored her with the Amadeus Rappe Award in 1993 for her outstanding achievements.

In between her many duties and activities, Sister steadfastly worked on a compilation of the College’s history. This accurate, thorough and unique document was completed in November 2011.

In Sr. Anna Margaret’s forty years at Ursuline College she accomplished much and loved much. We who were touched by her quiet dignity and Christ-like spirit feel truly fortunate, blessed and grateful to God.

To make a gift in Sr. Anna Margaret’s name click here or send a check to the Sister Anna Margaret Random Acts of Kindness Fund, 2550 Lander Road, Pepper Pike, 44124.

Read tributes to Sr. Anna Margaret on the Ursuline Sisters Facebook page.

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