Sister of Mercy Marie Marshall died Sept. 16, 2018. She was 89 years old.
Sister Marshall entered the congregation in 1948 from St. Salome Parish in Irondequoit. She earned degrees from Catherine McAuley College in Rochester and Medaille College in Buffalo.
She taught at six diocesan elementary schools over a 30-year period. After leaving the classroom, she began a clown ministry in 1991 and worked with senior citizens for Monroe County Office for the Aging as “Wonderment” the clown. She also enjoyed doing crafts with the senior sisters and while working with Catholic Family Center in Rochester. She received many awards, including Catholic Family Center’s 2003 Volunteer of the Year Award and a letter from President George W. Bush and a certificate presented by the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation, acknowledging her 16 years of service for ‚Ä¶ “demonstrating the best of the American spirit.”
In 2008, she started used the origami method to create folded paper designs to give as gifts to others and to see the smiles of appreciation.
Sister Marshall is survived by her sister, Carol Marshall; several nieces and nephews; and her sisters in the congregation.
Her funeral liturgy was celebrated at the Mercy Center chapel in Brighton Sept. 21, 2018, with burial in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.
Contributions in her memory may be made to the Sisters of Mercy, 1437 Blossom Road, Rochester, NY 14610.