A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated May 29 in St. Lucy Chapel at Villa Walsh, Morristown, for Filippini Sister Catherine Schimizzi, who died May 16. She was 92.
Born and raised in Watkins Glen, N.Y., Sister Catherine entered the Religious Teachers Filippini in 1939. She received her habit in 1943 and made her religious profession in 1946. She held a bachelor of science degree in elementary education from the College of St. Elizabeth, Convent Station, and a master of arts degree from Seton Hall University, South Orange.
Sister Catherine served in elementary education for nearly 40 years, serving as a teacher, principal and musician in schools in the Archdioceses of Newark and Hartford, Conn., and in the Dioceses of Trenton, Camden, Cleveland, Ohio, and Pittsburgh, Pa. In the Trenton Diocese, she ministered in St. Joachim School, Trenton, from 1942 to 1944 and from 1958 to 1960; St. James School, Trenton, from 1964 to 1965, and Holy Trinity School, Long Branch, from 2004 to 2006. In 1998, she was honored by the Archdiocese of Newark for her many years of service in Catholic education.
Sister Catherine retired to Villa Walsh in 2006, where in retirement, she played the organ for Mass and Liturgy of the Hours and also shared her skills as a seamstress.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to St. Joseph Hall, c/o Sister Ascenza Tizzano, MFP, provincial superior, Villa Walsh, 455 Western Ave., Morristown, N.J. 07960.