Sister Marie Schwan (formerly known as Sister Jerome Marie) CSJ passed away Dec. 30 in Cleveland, Ohio. She was born in St. Paul, Minnesota in 1933 and baptized Darlyne Marie, the daughter of Jerome J. and Amanda Martell Schwan. She is survived by a niece, Rita Schwan Zeier, of Madison, Wisconsin and was preceded in death by her brother, John J. Schwan.

Sister Marie entered the Sisters of St. Joseph in Crookston, Minnesota in 1949, professing final vows in 1955. She held a bachelor’s degree in English from Viterbo College in LaCrosse, Wisconsin, a master’s in education from Marquette University and a master’s in theology from the University of Notre Dame.

Sister Marie began her ministry as a teacher for five years in Catholic elementary schools then served as Dean of St. Joseph College in Crookston, Minnesota for seven years. She spent 21 years bearing various responsibilities for her religious community – serving as a delegate to the General Chapter in France in 1968, Renewal Coordinator, Provincial Councilor and Provincial Coordinator in Crookston. From 1988 to 2002 she was associate director of the Jesuit Retreat Center in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. She then moved to Louisiana to minister as formation director.

Sister Marie moved to Baton Rouge after Hurricane Katrina and was involved in spiritual direction and gave some prayer mornings and prayer days throughout the diocese.