Monday, June 30, 2003

Sister David Marie led long life of service

Nun, former teacher dies at 99

By Karen Andrew
The Cincinnati Enquirer

Former high school teacher and Sister of Charity of Cincinnati David Marie Brinkmoeller died June 22 in the Mother Margaret Hall nursing home, Delhi Township. She was 99.

"Sister David Marie was a very friendly person," said Sister of Charity Catherine Anne Zeigler. "She always had a good smile and always had a funny story to tell."

Born Marie Brinkmoeller in Cincinnati in 1903, she spent 10 years working as a stenographer and secretary before entering the Sisters of Charity congregation. She earned a bachelor's degree in business from the College of Mount St. Joseph, Delhi.

Sister David Marie taught school, first in the mid-1930s at St. William in Price Hill. It was the only time she taught in an elementary school and the only time she taught in the Greater Cincinnati area.

She spent nearly 40 years teaching business at high schools in Xenia, Kenton and Springfield, Ohio, as well as schools in Michigan, Illinois, Colorado and New Mexico.

She also worked in the offices of a number of hospitals, including the Good Samaritan Hospital in Cincinnati (1933-34); San Antonio Hospital, Kenton, Ohio (1949-50); and St. Vincent Hospital, Santa Fe, N.M. (1971-73).

In 1973, Sister David Marie moved to the Mount St. Joseph Motherhouse, where she worked in the offices until her retirement in 1987. However, she continued to serve the Motherhouse as a volunteer until 1995, when she moved into Mother Margaret Hall.

She had been a Sister of Charity for 73 years.

Her survivors include a sister, Avita Statt of Cincinnati and nieces and nephews.

Services have been held.

Memorials: in Sister David Marie Brinkmoeller's name, the Sisters of Charity Retirement Fund, 5900 Delhi Road, Mount St. Joseph, OH 45051.



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