Sister Pauline Herbert died on May 9, 2015 at Trinity Medical Center West in Steubenville, Ohio after suffering a massive stroke.
Sister Pauline, born in 1934 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, was the daughter of Dr. Willis (Mike) and Agnes Herbert. She entered the convent in 1954 from Immaculate Conception Parish in Columbia Heights, Minnesota, made her first profession of religious vows in 1957 and her final vows in 1960. Sister began her training at Providence School of Nursing in Sandusky, Ohio where she earned her RN. Sister later received a B.A. and B.S.N. from Mary Manse College in Toledo, Ohio.
Sister Pauline began her ministry in health care in 1960 at Mercy Hospital in Liberty, Texas, where she was the RN Supervisor. Upon returning to Ohio in 1962, Sister served as Supervisor, Assistant Administrator of Nursing Services and Vice President of Nursing over 25 years at Providence Hospital in Sandusky. Sister Pauline developed the Women's Center at Providence Hospital in 1986, the first of its kind in the area to offer mammography and other women's health services.
In 1987, Sister Pauline moved to Steubenville, Ohio where she became the director of the Cameo Women's Center for cancer patients at St. John Medical Center. Sister continued her work with cancer patients, support groups and survivors after St. John's became part of Trinity Health System.
Besides providing comfort and consolation to the survivors, Sister Pauline met their needs, whether it was a scarf, hat, or wig, transportation to and from treatments or something else she could personally provide. She became known for her yearly dinner for cancer survivors. Sister Pauline was still working full time as a patient advocate at the Tony Teramana Cancer Center at Trinity Medical Center West in Steubenville when she died.
Sister will be remembered for her big heart and generous spirit throughout her life. She was a woman of many talents who made many of her own clothes, did needlepoint projects that she gave as gifts to family and friends, made scarves and hats for cancer patients and was a passionate advocate and educator for cancer patients and survivors. Sister Pauline was an excellent cook and her passion for tomatoes and real butter was matched only by her passion for the many people she met who relied on her for comfort, care and compassion. Sister Pauline will be dearly missed by her housemate of 28 years, Sister Paula Blevins, her Sisters in Community, her family and friends and the many co-workers she encountered in her 58 years in religious life as a Sylvania Franciscan.
There will be a Welcoming for Sister Pauline in Our Lady Queen of Peace Chapel at the Motherhouse of the Sisters of St. Francis in Sylvania on May 19, 2015. The funeral will be at 4:30 p.m. on May 20, 2015. Interment will be in Porta Coeli Cemetery on the campus of the Sisters.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Sisters of St. Francis, Sylvania, Ohio.