CANFIELD, Ohio (WKBN) – On Friday, Sister Jerome Corcoran was laid to rest. She passed away on June 6 at the Ursuline Motherhouse from complications from a fall two weeks prior. Friends, family and many others gathered at St. Michael Church in Canfield for the ceremony.
The body of Sister Jerome was wheeled into the church in front of mostly filled pews for her Mass of Christian burial. Before the Mass, the congregation heard from Sister Mary McCormick, general superior of the Ursulines.
“It’s hard to summarize the life of a person who lived 105 years in any one way, and every cliche that you’ve heard comes immediately to mind. But all of us know deep in our hearts the kind of impact that she had on your life, and hopefully, you’ll continue to share that good news,” Sister McCormick said.
The celebrant was Fr. Richard Murphy, president of Ursuline High School, where Sister Jerome graduated in 1934.
“Sister Jerome’s passion for the poor made her a star forever,” Fr. Murphy said.
Sister Jerome was heavily involved in helping students, the poor and those in prison.
“We can’t… we won’t forget that,” Fr. Murphy said.
Sister Jerome will best be known for starting the Mill Creek Children’s Center in 1976. She was also involved in community engagement and was the consummate fundraiser.
“We, in that rarified work of fundraising, find vital purpose and common cause in the building of a more abundant life and better days for all God’s people in this community,” Fr. Murphy said.
Sister Jerome received several awards over the years including the 2015 Pioneer Award by the William Holmes McGuffey Historical Society and was also inducted into the Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame in 2016.
“Jerome’s passion was able to become action and lead to inclusive change,” Fr. Murphy said.
Sister Jerome will be privately buried at Calvary Cemetary, where other Ursuline sisters have been buried.
“Committed to the end,” Fr. Murphy said.