Joan Clare Stewart (Principal 1984-1991)

Joan Clare Stewart (Principal 1984-1991)

DELHI TOWNSHIP — Sister of Charity of Cincinnati Joan Clare Stewart
died Dec. 20, 2018, at the age of 78 in Mother Margaret Hall, the
nursing facility of the Sisters of Charity.
Sister JoDELHI TOWNSHIP — Sister of Charity of Cincinnati Joan Clare Stewart
died Dec. 20, 2018, at the age of 78 in Mother Margaret Hall, the
nursing facility of the Sisters of Charity.
Sister Joan Clare was born Mary Devine Stewart on Nov. 25, 1940, to
Alexander and Claire (Kinney) Stewart in Detroit, Michigan. She was
one of four children. She was a Sister of Charity for 59 years.

Sister Joan Clare grew up as a child in Detroit, but moved with the family to Lima, Ohio
when she was in the seventh grade; she attended St. Rose grade school and graduated
from Lima Central Catholic High School in 1959. She was taught by the Sisters of
Charity in Lima and found their joyfulness and reputation as good teachers a good fit for
her. She entered the Congregation on Sept.8, 1959.
Sister Joan Clare earned a Bachelor of Science in Education from the College of Mount
St. Joseph in 1964 and she received a Master degree with a specialty in reading from
the Xavier University, Cincinnati in 1973.
Sister Joan Clare's ministries included 39 years as an educator in Catholic elementary
schools and 14 as a pastoral associate. She began as a primary teacher at St. Dominic,
Cincinnati in 1963. In 1969 she went to St. Saviour, Cincinnati (1969-'70); next it was St.
Boniface, Cincinnati (1970-'78). In 1978 she chose to go to St. Mary, Greenville, Ohio to
serve as principal; after six years she went to St. Brigid, Xenia, Ohio (1984-'91) as their
principal.
In was at this time that Sister Joan Clare sought a year of personal renewal at Sangre
de Cristo in New Mexico. She returned as a principal/educator at St. Patrick, Troy, Ohio
(1992-'96) and then to Piqua Catholic as a classroom teacher (1996-'03). It was a
transition time; she was encouraged to take a 'leap of faith' and follow a lingering desire
to work with adults in their faith journey. This included serving as procurator advocate
and assisting persons seeking declarations of nullity. She chose to do this in the local
Piqua parish, St. Mary where she was living and ministering; by 2006 the two local
parishes had been assigned the same pastor which made it convenient for S. Joan
Clare to serve the people in both Piqua parishes. This ministry offered her the

opportunity to share her love and teaching of Scripture and her reverence for the
Eucharist with adults.
When Sister Joan Clare reflected on her years as an SC at the time of her golden
jubilee she said, "I have been blessed to live with wonderful Sisters in my community life
and they make up my happiest memories. I know deep in my heart that I was called to
religious life and I thank God for this gift daily and appreciate that it was to the Sisters of
Charity."
Sister Mary Alice Stein and Sister Joan Clare both moved to Lima, Ohio in the seventh
grade and graduated from Lima Central Catholic together; both entered the Sisters of
Charity the following September. Sharing continued as they attended class reunions
together and even belonged to the same small group. Sister Mary Alice stated, "We
shared many happy and sad occasions over the years. Throughout I saw her as a
gentle woman ever desiring to help another's life be better."
Sister Joan Clare is survived by her brothers Greg and David as well as nieces and
nephews. She was preceded in death by her sister Patricia Stewart.
Sisters and family members will greet visitors in the chapel of the Sisters of Charity from
2-3 p.m. on Fri., Dec. 28, 2018. This will be followed by the Mass of Christian Burial at 3
p.m. in the Motherhouse Chapel. Burial will be in the Sisters of Charity cemetery.
Memorials can be made in Sister Joan Clare Stewart's name to the Sisters of Charity of
Cincinnati Retirement Fund, 5900 Delhi Rd., Mount St. Joseph, Ohio 45051.
Donations may be made in S. Joan Clare's name to the tuition assistance funds at
Piqua Catholic or Lehman Catholic Schools.an Clare was born Mary Devine Stewart on Nov. 25, 1940, to
Alexander and Claire (Kinney) Stewart in Detroit, Michigan. She was
one of four children. She was a Sister of Charity for 59 years.

Sister Joan Clare grew up as a child in Detroit, but moved with the family to Lima, Ohio
when she was in the seventh grade; she attended St. Rose grade school and graduated
from Lima Central Catholic High School in 1959. She was taught by the Sisters of
Charity in Lima and found their joyfulness and reputation as good teachers a good fit for
her. She entered the Congregation on Sept.8, 1959.
Sister Joan Clare earned a Bachelor of Science in Education from the College of Mount
St. Joseph in 1964 and she received a Master degree with a specialty in reading from
the Xavier University, Cincinnati in 1973.
Sister Joan Clare's ministries included 39 years as an educator in Catholic elementary
schools and 14 as a pastoral associate. She began as a primary teacher at St. Dominic,
Cincinnati in 1963. In 1969 she went to St. Saviour, Cincinnati (1969-'70); next it was St.
Boniface, Cincinnati (1970-'78). In 1978 she chose to go to St. Mary, Greenville, Ohio to
serve as principal; after six years she went to St. Brigid, Xenia, Ohio (1984-'91) as their
principal.
In was at this time that Sister Joan Clare sought a year of personal renewal at Sangre
de Cristo in New Mexico. She returned as a principal/educator at St. Patrick, Troy, Ohio
(1992-'96) and then to Piqua Catholic as a classroom teacher (1996-'03). It was a
transition time; she was encouraged to take a 'leap of faith' and follow a lingering desire
to work with adults in their faith journey. This included serving as procurator advocate
and assisting persons seeking declarations of nullity. She chose to do this in the local
Piqua parish, St. Mary where she was living and ministering; by 2006 the two local
parishes had been assigned the same pastor which made it convenient for S. Joan
Clare to serve the people in both Piqua parishes. This ministry offered her the

opportunity to share her love and teaching of Scripture and her reverence for the
Eucharist with adults.
When Sister Joan Clare reflected on her years as an SC at the time of her golden
jubilee she said, "I have been blessed to live with wonderful Sisters in my community life
and they make up my happiest memories. I know deep in my heart that I was called to
religious life and I thank God for this gift daily and appreciate that it was to the Sisters of
Charity."
Sister Mary Alice Stein and Sister Joan Clare both moved to Lima, Ohio in the seventh
grade and graduated from Lima Central Catholic together; both entered the Sisters of
Charity the following September. Sharing continued as they attended class reunions
together and even belonged to the same small group. Sister Mary Alice stated, "We
shared many happy and sad occasions over the years. Throughout I saw her as a
gentle woman ever desiring to help another's life be better."
Sister Joan Clare is survived by her brothers Greg and David as well as nieces and
nephews. She was preceded in death by her sister Patricia Stewart.
Sisters and family members will greet visitors in the chapel of the Sisters of Charity from
2-3 p.m. on Fri., Dec. 28, 2018. This will be followed by the Mass of Christian Burial at 3
p.m. in the Motherhouse Chapel. Burial will be in the Sisters of Charity cemetery.
Memorials can be made in Sister Joan Clare Stewart's name to the Sisters of Charity of
Cincinnati Retirement Fund, 5900 Delhi Rd., Mount St. Joseph, Ohio 45051.
Donations may be made in S. Joan Clare's name to the tuition assistance funds at
Piqua Catholic or Lehman Catholic Schools.