Sister Mary Jean Korejwo, SND; 1937–2020

Sister Mary Jean Korejwo, SND; 1937–2020

Our dear Sister Mary Jean (82) went home to God very unexpectedly about 1:00 a.m. Friday, April 24. Sister suffered from long-term complications due to a fall this past February in North Carolina. She moved to Chardon at the beginning of March.  As science, math and computer teacher and then assistant in various offices, Sister made her home at Cardinal Gibbons High School in Raleigh for the past twenty-five years. Being with her Cardinal Gibbons family to celebrate her diamond jubilee was a treasured memory these past months. Sister Mary Jean now celebrates jubilee in the presence of our good and loving God!

Due to the current situation regarding gatherings, a Memorial Mass will be celebrated at a later date. A private burial will take place here in our Resurrection Cemetery.

Read a short bio on Sister Mary Jean.

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  1. Mark and Katrine Mitchell - April 24, 2020

    Sister Mary Jean was truly special person that I’ve had the pleasure of knowing my entire life. Her mother and father were my Great Aunt and Uncle. I have many memories over the years of seeing her in person and in later years, e-mailing. We are better for knowing Sister and our hearts ache with her passing. She is in our thoughts and prayers. We love you Sister.

  2. Sister Margaret Harig - April 25, 2020

    I shared many happy times with Sr. Mary Jean during our days of ministry in the Raleigh Diocese. But i most cherish her incredibly generous heart for the way she supported me during the days my mother was dying at University Hospital in Cleveland. Sr. Mary Jean virtually took over my classroom responsibilities and helped close out the academic year for me. That was may years ago at Elyria Catholic HS, but the force of her goodness is still very present to me.
    I especially send my prayers and sympathy to Sr. Janet and to the Cardinal Gibbons community.

  3. Barbara A. Mitchell - April 26, 2020

    Sister Mary Jean was my 1st cousin and I have so many wonderful memories of her that I couldn’t even begin to tell you them. In recent years, my husband and I went on many adventures with Mary Jean and she was able to see and enjoy many places in this wonderful country. We visited Sequoia National Park and froze, Grand Canyon National Park and froze and Highway one in CA and were fogged in. She loved the Balloon Festival in Albuquerque, petting the otter at the Monterey Aquarium, seeing the National Parks in southern Utah, but most of all I remember her sitting and looking at the view of the mountains from Glacier Point in Yosemite and being awed by it. No one can look at that view and not see God. When I was little, she was very patience with all my questions. She always kept in touch with us with cards and never forgot out birthdays. She had a wonderful dry sense of humor that my husband and I enjoyed, though Mary Jean and Jim often ganged up on me and teased me. He particularly enjoyed her visits because she always took his side much to my dismay. I will miss her more than anyone will ever know and will love her always. But I know the Lord is taking care of her and she is happy in heaven.

  4. Sister Mary Margaret Weber, csc - April 27, 2020

    Sister Mary Jean and I worked closely as co-chairs of the Council of Religious when I first came to the diocese. That was my first opportunity to experience not just her many gifts but her generosity in using them.
    There were many more! She would do whatever she could whenever she could, never mind the chronic pain she lived with. She refused to allow pain and diminishment to diminish HER!
    I am saddened by her death but I rejoice that she is now free from all the physical limitations she suffered.
    “Free at last! Free at last! . . .”

  5. john - April 28, 2020

    Part of my definition of a Crusader – an example of dedication – the laughs were many

  6. Joey Hoying - April 28, 2020

    Sister Mary Jean and I had a special friendship. Some of my favorite and most humorous memories are when I would visit and help her with moving something or changing light bulbs or computer work….. and every time I’d leave, she would have a bag of 2 or 3 Diet Rite sodas (didn’t even know they made those anymore honestly). My wife would always laugh and ask “How was Sister today?” when she would see those drinks in the fridge at home.

    Thank you for your friendship Sister over the years.

  7. Jana N Mauney - September 16, 2020

    Sister Mary Jean,

    We miss you at Gibbons. May your joy be complete, free from pain, in the presence of the Lord. Thank you for all you did for our community here.

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