Sister Barbara Campbell, CSJ

Congregation of St. Joseph Sister Barbara Campbell—a prominent leader, speaker and writer on education throughout the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston and on county, state and national levels—died at Wheeling Hospital June 23, 2008. Sister Campbell was born October 27, 1931, in Clarksburg, to the late John Joseph Campbell and Thelma Sharpe Campbell O’Connor. She was their second child and had five brothers and three sisters. She was preceded in death by her brothers John, Thomas, and Joseph and her sister Mary Ellen Cabell. She entered the Sisters of St. Joseph in Wheeling September 8, 1949, and observed her Golden Jubilee with the congregation in 1999. Sister Barbara received a bachelor’s degree in education from Duquesne University and a Master of Arts from Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee. She did extensive studies in learning disabilities at West Virginia University in Morgantown, Ohio University and Cardinal Stritch University. Sister Campbell was a reading specialist and did extensive diagnostic evaluations of children with reading and learning problems. She was involved in education at the elementary and junior high levels and served as a principal in diocesan schools. She was coordinator of Curriculum and Instruction in the Diocesan Office of Schools for seventeen years. She was employed as a reading specialist in the public schools in Marshall County and Bridgeport, Ohio. Her teaching experience extended to graduate level courses at Cardinal Stritch University, Ohio University Eastern Division, Christian Brothers University in Memphis and the University of Detroit. She was also an instructor for West Virginia Northern Community College in Wheeling. She was active in the West Virginia State Reading Council and served as president of the state council. She helped establish the Northern Panhandle Reading Council and served as president. She has presented workshops throughout the state; to principals in Texas, Colorado, Missouri and Florida; and for the Ohio Catholic Educational Conference, the National Catholic Education Conventions and the International Reading Association. She published articles for the National Catholic Library Association and authored the pre-school kindergarten book of the NCEA Guidance Program. She received numerous honors in the field of education and was the recipient of the Bishop’s Cross Award in 2000 for service as an outstanding educator. Sister Campbell was the founder of Holy Family Child Care & Development Center in Wheeling, a sponsored ministry of the Congregation of St. Joseph. In 1990, she organized, founded and served as president of the Sisters of St. Joseph Foundation Auxiliary and later served as chairwoman of the Membership Committee. Sister Campbell is survived by two brothers, James of Florida and Steven of California; two sisters, Rose Marie Cupp of Florida and Kathleen Lamb of Charleston; sister-in-law Setsu Korb of California; as well as many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated by Father Terrance Adams, TOR, June 27. Memorial contributions may be made to the Sisters of St. Joseph of Wheeling Foundation, Inc., 137 Mount St. Joseph Road, Wheeling, WV, 26003.

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