Celebrating The Life of Sister Marilyn Smolinski, OSF 1933-2019

Our dear Sister Marilyn died May 24 at Mother of Perpetual Help Residence in St Louis. She was 86 years old.

Baptized Patricia Ann at Immaculate Conception Church in Omaha, NE, she entered religious life in 1952 and pronounced perpetual vows in 1958. She earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Webster College in St Louis, MO.

Sister Marilyn had a clear and insightful way of teaching, especially math. She shared this at schools in the St Louis Archdiocese including Our Lady of the Pillar, St Pius X, and St Sebastian. She also taught in West Virginia, Louisiana, Kansas, New Mexico, Illinois, Nebraska, Iowa, and Wisconsin. Later she ministered as librarian at Our Lady of the Pillar School and volunteered at Tau Center in Kirkwood, MO.

Sister had a warm and wonderful sense of humor and a contagious spirit. She was fun to be with, always had a smile, and brought joy to all those around her. There was a sincerity about her that flowed from her beliefs and convictions, and she wasn’t afraid to share them as a matter-of-fact. She was always proud of her Omaha roots, and lived life to the fullest.

A funeral Mass for Sister Marilyn was celebrated on Thursday, May 30, in the Lally Room on the Cardinal Carberry Campus of Cardinal Ritter Senior Services in St Louis. Burial occurred on Friday, May 31, at Resurrection Cemetery in St Louis.

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