Sister Marilyn Spellman, SUSC

BALTIMORE, Md. — Sister Marilyn Spellman (Sister Maureen Joseph), SUSC died in Baltimore on March 11 after a brief illness. A native of Astoria, N.Y., she was the daughter of the late John and Wilhelmina (Riddell) Spellman. In addition to her Holy Union Sisters, her sisters Patricia McGillen, Elaine Ciolli and Virginia Spellman, sister-in-law Jean Spellman and brother-in-law Richard McGillen as well as several nieces and nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews survive her. Her brothers John and Martin Spellman predeceased her. 

Sister Spellman graduated from the Holy Union Preparatory High School, Tiverton, R.I.. She entered the Holy Union Sisters in Fall River, on Feb. 2, 1951, and pronounced her final vows on Aug. 22, 1959. She received a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Fordham University and an master’s degree in administration from Bridgewater State University.

Sister Spellman’s ministries included teaching, administration, province and congregational leadership. She taught at St. Francis de Sales School, New York City and served as principal at St. Michael School, Fall River and St. Francis de Sales School, Patchogue, N.Y. She was director of Education and Provincial Superior in the former Fall River Province of the Holy Union Sisters. She was administrative assistant and social justice educator in St. Louis Parish, Clarksville, Md. She was a member of the congregation’s General Council in Rome for six years. She worked with the Rwandan Refugee Program in Tanzania and then served as special assistant to the executive director of Catholic Relief Services in Baltimore until she retired in 2008. After her retirement she volunteered at St. Leo Parish, Baltimore.

Her funeral took place at Immaculate Conception Church, Astoria, N.Y. and burial followed in Calvary Cemetery, Woodside, N.Y.

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