Sister Marion Gundell, SSJ, 84 - Catholic Courier

Sister Marion Gundell, SSJ, 84

Sister of St. Joseph Marion Gundell died Nov. 8, 2009, at the motherhouse in Pittsford. She was 84.

Sister Gundell entered the congregation in 1943 from Rochester’s Holy Rosary Parish. She earned her bachelor’s degree in math in 1948 and a librarian’s certificate in 1951, both from Nazareth College. She then completed a master’s in social work from Catholic University in 1958.

From 1946-56, Sister Gundell taught in various diocesan schools, including St. Ambrose and St. Augustine in Rochester and St. Aloysius in Auburn. After completing her master’s degree in social work she was assigned to St. Joseph’s Villa in Rochester for two years. In 1960, she became director of social services at Rochester’s St. Ann’s Home. During these years she also served on the National Conference of Catholic Charities’ planning committee for priests’ retirement and the commission on aging.

After retiring in 1990, Sister Gundell became local coordinator at the motherhouse. She later performed various congregational services at the motherhouse until illness prevented her from further activity.

She is survived by her sisters, Patricia (Roger) Van DeVoorde and Dolores (Leonard) Metzger; her sister-in-law, Marilyn Scott; many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews; and by her sisters in congregation.

Sister Gundell’s funeral liturgy was celebrated in the motherhouse chapel on Nov. 12, 2009, with burial in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be sent to the Sisters of St. Joseph, 150 French Road, Rochester, NY 14618.

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