Aug. 1, 1937 – Jan. 2, 2013
Sister Geraldine Warthling, an educator and retired provincial councilor for the Sisters of St. Francis, died Wednesday in her home at Stella Niagara Education Park, Lewiston. She was 75.
A native of Lackawanna, the former Geraldine Teresa Warthling was known as Sister Mary Cordis before she began the more modern use of her name: Sister Geraldine Warthling. After graduating from Buffalo’s South Park High School in 1955, she entered the Sisters of St. Francis of Penance and Christian Charity at Stella Niagara and made her profession of vows Aug. 23, 1961.
She received a bachelor’s degree from Rosary Hill College and a master’s degree from Manhattan College in Riverdale. Sister Geraldine was a teacher and head of the mathematics department at Rosary High School and head of the religion department at Bishop Wehrle High School, both of them in Columbus, Ohio.
She also served as director of youth retreats and director of young adults ministry for the Diocese of Columbus. She was a professor of pastoral ministry at Pontifical College Josphinum in Columbus.
Among other assignments, Sister Geraldine taught at Charleston Catholic High School in Charleston, W.Va., and was director of campus ministry and vice president of student affairs at St. Leo College in Dade City, Fla.
Sister Geraldine returned to Stella Niagara in 1995, where she was a provincial councilor for the Sisters of St. Francis, a home health visitor with Mercy Home Health Care and a director of the Warde Center of Buffalo.
She retired at Stella Niagara in August 2009.
Survivors include a sister, Joan Roberts.
A prayer service will be at 7 p.m. Sunday in Stella Niagara, 4421 Lower River Road, Lewiston. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Monday in the Sisters Chapel at Stella Niagara.