Sister Mary Weber, former OLPH school administrator, at 93
Mary Weber, who later took the name Sister Mary Loreen as the Dominican Sister of Amityville, died May 3, 2022. She was 93 years old and served as a Dominican Sister for 75 years.
She was born on December 7, 1928 to Sabina and Charles Weber. Along with her twin sisters Theresa and Rita (S. Teresa Damien), sister Sabina, and brother Charles, she was educated and raised at St. Joseph Parish, Astoria.
On July 7, 1947, Marie entered the novitiate in Amityville and was invested as a novice on August 4, 1948. She received the name of Sister Mary Loreen and took her vows on June 6, 1949.
Sister Mary received a Bachelor of Arts from St. Francis College in Brooklyn and a Master of Science from Fordham University. In 1949 Mary began her ministry as an elementary school educator in Brooklyn, Queens and Long Island. From 1973 to 1980, she was a trustee of Our Lady of Perpetual Help School in Lindenhurst and Corpus Christi in Mineola. Many students, families and teachers have fond memories of her as principal, a spokesperson for the Order said.
Perhaps due to the strong influence and example of her mother, who had been a nurse in the armed forces, Mary began a new ministry in health-related services in 1980. She served as director of Health at Calvary Hospital and Our Lady of Mercy Hospital, Bronx and became Vice President of Patient Services at St. Francis Hospital, Roslyn in 1991.
Someone coined the phrase “Dominican Madeleine Albright” to describe Mary’s strong leadership skills and caring ways. Mary was a gracious, witty, warm and welcoming woman with a wonderful sense of humor who loved life and all who met her.
She was predeceased by her parents, her sisters Theresa, Rita (S. Teresa Damien) and her brother Charles. She leaves to mourn her sister Sabina, her nephews, nieces as well as her great-nephews and nieces. She also leaves to mourn her dear and faithful long-time friend Sr. Marie Rabuse and her many loving friends inside and outside the congregation.
The wake and funeral for Sister Mary was held on May 6, 2022. Following a Christian Burial Mass, interment took place at the Sisters’ Cemetery, Amityville.