Sister Maria Clarine Moshier, CSJ
Sister Maria Clarine Moshier, CSJ, 75, died Friday, May 15, 2009, at St. Joseph’s Provincial House, Latham. Sister Maria had been a Sister of St. Joseph of Carondelet for 55 years.
Sister Maria Clarine, the former Ann Jeanette Moshier, was born July 25, 1933, in Croghan, NY, daughter of the late Clarence and Mary Hogan Moshier. After graduating from St. Aloysius Academy, Rome, Sister Maria entered the novitiate of the Sisters of St. Joseph on March 19, 1953, and professed final vows on August 15, 1960. She received a bachelor’s degree in education from The College of Saint Rose and taught for 22 years in elementary schools in the Albany and Syracuse Dioceses. After her years in the field of education, Sister Maria began a second career as an outreach worker in home health care, a ministry she called “a true and wonderful fit.”
Sister Maria Clarine was a practical, thoughtful woman with a sincere, no-nonsense approach to her faith and her ministry. Influenced deeply by the care of her own elderly mother and motivated by a strong sense of justice, Sister Maria became an advocate for elderly and disabled adults, an ombudsman for those who often had no voice. Many individuals have been impacted by Sister Maria’s quiet determination, hard work and perseverance, and her example leaves the world a better place.
Sister Maria Clarine is survived by her brother, Dale Moshier; her sister-in-law, Mary Kay Felton; her cousin, Margaret Renodin; her nephews, Mark, Michael and Timothy Moshier; her nieces, Laura Vitello and Marcia Baldanza; and the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet. She was predeceased by her parents, Clarence and Mary; and her brother, Richard.
Sister Maria Clarine’s funeral Liturgy was held on Monday, May 18, from the chapel of St. Joseph’s Provincial House, Latham. Interment was in Our Lady Queen of Virgins Cemetery on the Provincial House grounds. Contributions in Sister Maria’s memory may be made to the Development Office of the Sisters of St. Joseph, 385 Watervliet-Shaker Road, Latham, NY 12110.