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Sr. Theresa Marie Bohren, SSJ

July 2, 1930 — May 18, 2023

Sister Teresa Marie Bohren, SSJ, age 92, of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Northwestern Pennsylvania, died on May 18, 2023. She was in the 74th year of her religious life. Born in Reynoldsville, PA, on July 2, 1930, the daughter of the late John and Savilla (Biggie) Bohren, she entered the Sisters of St. Joseph from St. Mary Parish in Reynoldsville, PA, on February 2, 1950, professed her final vows on August 15, 1955, and celebrated her diamond jubilee commemorating 60 years of religious life in 2009.


Sister Teresa Marie graduated from Reynoldsville High School and continued her education at Villa Maria College graduating in 1960 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education. She furthered her education at the Catholic University in Washington, D.C., where she earned an M.S. degree in Social Work in 1968.


Sister Teresa Marie taught at Sacred Heart and St. Peter Cathedral Schools in Erie; St. Francis School, Clearfield, PA; and St. Bernard School in Bradford, PA. She later ministered as a social worker at Catholic Social Services in Erie and served as its Executive Director from 1976 to 1991. She then had a private social service practice until 2003 when she became a bereavement counselor at Hospice of Metropolitan Erie.


In 1998, Sister Teresa Marie and Peter Lyons, owner of the Marketplace Grill restaurant in Erie, teamed up to offer Thanksgiving dinners to area homeless and lonely persons. The dinner continues today, now at Gannon University, and it is estimated that close to 25,000 meals have been served, including home deliveries.
She is survived by two sisters, Shirley Gatto, Brockway, PA, and Carole Dankesreiter of Emporium, PA, and several nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. She is further survived by her religious community, the Sisters of St. Joseph.


Friends may call at the Sisters of St. Joseph Community Living Center 5031 West Ridge Road, Erie, on Monday, May 22, 2023 for sharing of memories at 1:00 p.m. followed by calling hours until 3:30 p.m. A Funeral Mass will follow at 4:00 p.m. Interment will be at Calvary Cemetery.

 

The Mass will be live-streamed on the Sisters of St. Joseph Facebook page and the SSJ Erie YouTube channel


Memorials may be made to the Sisters of St. Joseph Mission and Ministries Foundation, 5031 West Ridge Road, Erie, PA, 16506-1249. The Burton Quinn Scott Cremation & Funeral Services, West Ridge, is handling arrangements.
Send condolences to www.BurtonQuinnScott.com

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