Sister Clement (Mary Elizabeth) Stine died on February 26, 2021 at the age of 97, at Sisters of St. Joseph in Kalamazoo, MI. She was preceded in death by her siblings Francis, Fr. Jerome, Bernard, Aloysius, Rose Ann and Paul. She is survived by her siblings Gene (Char), Rita, and Tom (Fran) and numerous nieces and nephews along with great and great-great nieces and nephews. She was born on December 8, 1923, in the house located in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. On June 22, 1940, Mary Elizabeth Stine entered religious life, from St. Rita Parish in Detroit, where she took the name Sister Clement; she made her first profession on June 8, 1943, and completed her final vows on January 8, 1946, as a Sister of St. Joseph. She attended Nazareth College, Nazareth, Michigan where she earned her teaching credentials and later her bachelor’s degree in teaching, her first job after taking her vows was at St. Francis Home for Boys, Detroit, Michigan. Sister Clement spent thirty-eight years in education until her focused transitioned to the physical needs of the sick and dying where she worked for sixteen years as a nurse’s aide at St. Johns Hospital. She moved to Sisters of St. Joseph, Nazareth, in April of 2019, in her short time there she continued to spread joy, inspiration, and knowledge. She was generous in sharing her many talents along with giving you guidance and support to those in need. She was a wonderful seamstress and enjoyed crocheting. God had given her a gift of empathy and sensitivity to others’ needs. Her vast experience with teaching and hospital ministries strengthened this beautiful quality in her. Sister Clement has two favorite hymns and each with its own meaning. The first hymn is entitled “On Eagles Wings” and it fills her with great hope and the second hymn is “Here I am Lord” which echoes her consecration and readiness to do whatever the Lord asks of her. Sister Clement always has smile on her face and such a soft tone in her voice that could heal and console the hardest of hearts. She was family, she was love, she was support, she was honor, she was encouragement, she loved you deeply, unconditionally and without judgement. She was an inspiration to all who knew her and a blessing to those who were privileged enough to have crossed her path. All who met her loved her, all who loved her admired her and she is happy to be with God and her family.
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