Sister Veronica Baumgartner, CSJ
Sister Veronica Baumgartner, CSJ, 76, a member of the Congregation of St. Joseph, entered into eternal life on June 24, 2015, at Mount St. Joseph, Wheeling.
Sister Veronica (Elizabeth Josephine) was born on January 28, 1939, to Charles and Mary (Taylor) Baumgartner of South Bend, Indiana. She attended grade school in St. Matthew Parish in South Bend and graduated from St. Joseph Academy in Tipton, Indiana. She joined the Congregation of St. Joseph and was given the name Sister M. Veronica. She made first vows August 15, 1958, and final vows on August 15, 1961. Sister Veronica earned a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education from Mount St. Joseph College in Cincinnati, and a Master of Science in elementary education from Indiana University. Sister Veronica’s teaching career spanned the years of 1959-1983 in Catholic schools in Indiana, at times serving as principal.
Sister Veronica worked for the Bishop of Lafayette, Indiana, assessing the quality of Religious Education in the Diocese. In 1984 she was appointed Director of Religious Education. In 1986, she was elected to leadership in the Tipton Community and served as president for two terms until 1994.
In 1995, Sister Veronica founded Caregiver Companion in Lafayette, Indiana, which provides practical assistance to caregivers and to the people for whom they cared. In 2002, she served as a member of the Leadership Team and, at the same time, opened a branch office of Caregiver Companion in Tipton and continued to direct this ministry. She was chosen as the “Hero of the Year” for Tipton County. Sister Veronica was instrumental in the founding of the new Congregation of St. Joseph.
Sister Veronica was welcomed to the Wheeling Center, where she served as part-time receptionist, made greeting cards for the sisters, gave tips to sisters on how to use a computer or Kindle, helped sisters order items online, was a reader at Masses, played cards with a group of sisters, prayed for many people—especially during her long illness. She was a board member for the Sisters Health Fund (formerly the SSJ Charitable Fund) in Parkersburg.
In addition to her parents, Sister Veronica was preceded in death by her brothers Frederick and John_ and her sisters Mary Kathryn Skibbe and June Brafman. She is survived by her brothers Charles and his wife Elaine from South Bend_ James from Watseka, Ill._ and Richard from Vandalia, Mich. She is also survived by a brother-in-law, Lawrence Brafman from Peru, Ill._ a sister-in-law, Janet Baumgartner from Grand Rapids, Mich._ as well as many nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, cousins, friends and members of her community.
The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated June 30 in the Mount St. Joseph Chapel with Father William Rickle, SJ, as celebrant. Interment was in the Sisters of St. Joseph section at Mount Calvary Cemetery, Wheeling. Memorial contributions may be made to the Congregation of St. Joseph Wheeling Center, 137 Mount St. Joseph Road, Wheeling, WV 26003.