Sister Geraldine Warthling, OSF, (formerly S. Mary Cordis) of Stella Niagara, N.Y., passed away on Wednesday, January 2, 2013.
She was born Geraldine Teresa Warthling, in Lackawanna, N.Y., on August 1,1937, a daughter of the late Cyril and Edith (Blehl) Warthling. After graduating from South Park High School in 1955, she entered the Sisters of St. Francis of Penance and Christian Charity at Stella Niagara and made her profession of vows on August 23, 1961. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Rosary Hill College and her master’s degree from Manhattan College in Riverdale, N.Y.
Sister Geraldine taught and was a head of the Mathematics Department at Rosary High School and a head of the Religion Department at Bishop Wehrle High School, both in Columbus, Ohio. She also served as the director of Youth Retreats and director of Youth and Young Adults Ministry for the Diocese of Columbus. Sister was the professor of Pastoral Ministry at Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus. She had also taught at Charleston Catholic High School and was the director of Campus Ministry and vice president of Student Affairs at St. Leo College in Dade City, Fla.
Sister Geraldine returned to Stella Niagara in 1995 where she was a provincial councilor for the Sisters of St. Francis, a Home Health visitor with Mercy Home Health Care and a director with the Warde Center in Buffalo, N.Y. She retired at Stella Niagara in August of 2009.
Sister Geraldine is survived by one sister, Joan (Edward) Roberts; and many nieces and nephews. She was the sister of the late Betty Ann (Thomas) Fanning and Rev. William Warthling.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on January 7 in the Sisters Chapel at Stella Niagara. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Sisters of St. Francis, 4421 Lower River Road, Stella Niagara, NY 14144.
Interment was at Stella Niagara Cemetery, Lewiston, N.Y.