Sister Mary Roman Ress, SND; (September 16, 1924 – January 13, 2021)

Sister Mary Roman Ress, SND; (September 16, 1924 – January 13, 2021)

Our dear Sister Mary Roman was welcomed into eternal life on Wednesday, January 13. Sister would have celebrated her Jubilee of Joy, 75 years of religious profession, this summer. After teaching in elementary and secondary schools, Sister dedicated her life to the service of others as a nurse. She used her gifts and talents as a staff nurse with direct patient care; as an instructor at three different schools of nursing; and as coordinator and consultant for the health and well-being of the sisters in the Chardon province for more than thirty years. Her expertise was known and respected by the sisters and in the wider civic community. Sister Mary Roman was a woman of prayer who especially loved and prayed for, with great gratitude, each person God had put into her life. May she delight in the fullness of Life!

The private Mass of Christian Burial will be on Friday, January 22, at 10:30 a.m. with Fr. James Caddy as celebrant. The Mass will be live streamed.

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Read a short bio on Sister Mary Roman.

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  1. Mary Ann Quinn - January 15, 2021

    As I read this morning of Sister Mary Roman’s death, I recall her kindness to me in many interactions over the years, and her good nursing skills! Rest in peace, faithful servant!

  2. Priscilla Waynant - January 15, 2021

    I rennet Sr Roman as a nurse and advisor to Sr Mary St Jude. God bless her life of giving.

  3. Janice L Schultz-Aldrich - January 16, 2021

    Sr. Mary Roman was an inspiring and wonderful friend. Even though I am from the Cleveland area, I first met Sister in Toronto, where she was teaching and I was a grad student in the 1970s. I have lived in the Buffalo, NY area since then but Sister and I remained in touch, speaking regularly on the phone. She was always so kind and cheerful– and sensed when encouragement was needed. And she loved hearing about the antics of our little chihuahua, Rocky. The last time my husband and I visited her in Cleveland she was so very welcoming and spiritually radiant. We will miss her enormously. But we are comforted knowing that she is in the arms of our Savior!

  4. Sr. Margaret Harig - January 17, 2021

    Sister Roman is from my hometown of Massillon, Ohio. She had three brothers, Don, Dick (nicknamed “Diesel”) and Jerry. Jerry was in my older sister’s class. The Ress family had a nice brick house on Eighth Stret and I passed it four times a day on my way to and from St. Mary’s School in the morning, at lunch time and at afternoon dismissal.
    Though Sister Roman (Agnes) was several years older than I, I remember seeing her picture in the high school year book–she was the beautiful “Miss Massillon.”
    Many years later when my mother was needing home care as she was dying, Sister Roman came to our house and showed my family how to give Mom the best of care.
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  5. Paul McGuigan BSN, RN, CDCES - January 19, 2021

    Sr. Roman and my mother, Ethel Jones McGuigan, NDC 48′, were the best of friends. She often came to family gatherings and to our house for dinner with my mom. My wife Jill and three daughters loved the time we spent with her. In 1991, I was accepted into the nursing program at Ursuline College. Sr. was so excited and inspirational. After graduating and working at University Hospitals of Cleveland, she often called me to bounce questions and concerns off of me while managing the health care in the Motherhouse in Chardon. I guess she then became a colleague. My three girls all went to NDCL, so we visited her while at school functions. She will be missed.

  6. Jeanette Bendes Gauss - January 19, 2021

    I had the honor to meet Sister Roman when I attended St. Peter’s High School in Cleveland, Ohio. I was in the graduating class of 1960 and was taught by the Sisters of Notre Dame who were excellent teachers. I also was honored to know Sister Mary Roy, Sister Mary Nelson, Sister Mary John Anthony, Sister Mary James and Sister Mary Letitcia along with all of my wonderful classmates and other staff members. I treasure to this day all of my high school friends and the wonderful years spent at St.Peter’s . When I graduated a year later they begin to wear school uniforms(a grey blazer and burgundy and grey pleated skirts), and later turned coed and was renamed Erieview Catholic High School. Many years have gone by and just the other evening I mentioned St. Peter’s and Sr. Roman.s name. It was really a coincidence to go on The Cleveland Obits and see her name and face staring back at me. God Bless her and may she rest in peace!! I now live in Naples, Florida but Cleveland is still my “Forever Home” with wonderful friends and family

  7. Jerry Hannibal - January 21, 2021

    The year was 1978. it was our last semester at Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing. Sister Mary Roman offered a special limited seminar on listening to heart sounds. I don’t think we even got school credit for the seminar but 6 or 7 of us wanted to do it just to learn about the heart. Eventually, cardiology nursing became my specialty for the last 30 years of my career.

    Sister Mary Roman – many thanks for taking care of the retired sisters in the infirmary all these years, including Aunt Sister Jordan.

  8. Audrey Stanziano - January 22, 2021

    Our deepest condolences for a wonderful friend & caregiver. She was such a source of inspiration to our entire family and we have wonderful memories of her caring & giving spirit. Her soft spoken manner was always reassuring. There is comfort in knowing she will be joining our husband & father, Joseph, in heaven. She was a special friend to him. God bless Sister Roman!

  9. Vickey Milligan - February 5, 2021

    I loved Sr Roman. In my time as the Alumnae Director at NDC, I knew if any Sister fell ill while at the College, I should call Sr. Roman immediately! (There was a few times when I actually had to call – and once I had to RUN to the Convent!)
    She was always so calm and reassuring.
    I rejoice in her reconnection with Jesus and the Sisters waiting for her in heaven and mourn with her remaining Sisters here on earth.
    Until we meet again Sister – much love!

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