Sister of St. Joseph Virginia Steinwachs, 78 - Catholic Courier

Sister of St. Joseph Virginia Steinwachs, 78

Sister of St. Joseph Virginia Steinwachs (formerly Sister Francis Paula) died on Feb. 6, 2008. She was 78.

Sister Steinwachs entered the order in 1948 from her home parish, Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Rochester. She earned a bachelor’s degree in education in 1958 and a bachelor’s degree in English in 1966 both from Nazareth College in Pittsford. In 1971 she completed a master’s degree in administration at Geneseo State Teacher’s College, and in 1985 she earned a master’s degree in theology from St Bernard’s Institute.

She taught at Holy Apostles School, Rochester; St. Mary, Waterloo; St. Stephen and St. Francis de Sales, Geneva; and St. Joseph’s Villa, Rochester. She became principal of Rochester’s Holy Rosary School in 1968 and Greece’s Mother of Sorrows School in 1977. After a one-year study sabbatical, she became assistant superintendent for Urban Education, a post she held for seven years. She served as campus minister at Batavia’s Notre Dame High School then as principal of Holy Family School in Le Roy before being appointed education supervisor at Nazareth College. In 1993, she became assistant superintendent of the diocesan Catholic Schools Office. After retiring in 2001, she worked as an auditor at the diocesan Tribunal and led a Scripture-reflection group at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish.

She is survived by many cousins and her sisters in the community.

Her funeral liturgy was celebrated in the motherhouse chapel on Feb. 11, 2008, with burial in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.

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

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