Sunday, June 02, 2002

Obituary: Sister Maria Lamphier 'was a people person'

Mount. St. Joseph teacher, registrar

By Nicole Hamilton
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        DELHI TOWNSHIP — Maria Michael Lamphier, an education-oriented Sister of Charity, died Monday at Mother Margaret Hall nursing home. She was 89.

        Born Mary Lamphier in Middletown in 1913, she was a Sister of Charity for 54 years.

        “Sister Maria Michael was a people person,” said Sister Martha Ann Conley, who lived with Sister Maria at the College of Mount St. Joseph in Delhi Township.

        “She was very hospitable and generous with her time. She was also a good storyteller, which is the Irish in her.”

        She graduated from the College of Mount St. Joseph in 1935 with a bachelor's degree in business administration.

        In 1942, she earned her master's in English from Miami University.

        For several years, Sister Maria taught in schools in Detroit and Marion, Ohio.

        She was assistant principal at Trenton High School in Trenton, Ohio, and worked as a teacher at Middletown High School.

        From 1956 until 1960, she taught English and business at the College of Mount St. Joseph.

        In 1960, she began serving as a registrar for the college, a position she held until 1973.

        Sister Maria also worked in the college's Institutional Research department, library and in the business office as a volunteer.

        She retired in 1996 and moved to Mother Margaret Hall in 1997.

        Sister Maria was preceded in death by six brothers: Paul, Charles, Omer, James, John and Robert; and two sisters, Ruth Busenlechner and Mildred Hall.

        Services have been held.

        Memorials: Sisters of Charity Retirement Fund, 5900 Neeb Road, Mount St. Joseph, Delhi Township, Ohio 45051.


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