Sister Chrysostom Cerino, CSJ
Sister Chrysostom Cerino, CSJ, age 100, died Monday, December 6, 2010, at St. Joseph’s Provincial House, Latham, NY. Sister Chrysostom had been a Sister of St. Joseph of Carondelet for the past 82 years.
Sister Chrysostom, the former Anna Cerino, was born on March 5, 1910, in Utica, NY, daughter of the late Joseph and Elisa Loffredo Cerino. She attended Wetmore School, Utica Free Academy and the Utica School of Commerce and worked in M.E. Hooks Electical Company and Catholic Charities as a secretary and Oneita Knitting Mills and Utica Knit as a cover seamer. Sister Chrysostom entered the novitiate of the Sisters of St. Joseph on March 19, 1928 and professed final vows on August 15, 1933. She received a bachelor’s degree in elementary education, a bachelor’s degree in business education and a master’s degree in business education, all from The College of Saint Rose. For over four decades, Sister Chrysostom taught in elementary and secondary schools in the Albany and Syracuse Dioceses. For 25 years, she worked as a secretary in administration offices at St. Joseph’s Provincial House until she retired at age 86.
Sister Chrysostom was one of seven children whose parents came to Utica from Italy and raised a close-knit family, rich in faith and love and imbued with a strong work ethic. Her early employment experience revealed that she had a gift for business, and her education in that field supplemented her natural talents. As a teacher of business, Sister Chrysostom challenged her students to be their very best and always helped them to connect with new opportunities in the working world. As a secretary, she was professional, dependable and approachable. As a Sister of St. Joseph, Sister Chrysostom was a woman of deep faith, keenly aware of and responsive to those in need, always in an affirming, gentle and unobtrusive manner.
Sister Chrysostom is survived by her sister-in-law, Mrs. James Cerino of New Hartford; several nieces and nephews and their families; and the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by four sisters: Margaret Cerino, Mary DeBranco, Josephine Greenwood and Violetta Norris; two brothers: John and James Cerino; and many friends in the Sisters of St. Joseph.
Sister Chrysostom’s funeral Liturgywas held Tuesday, December 14 in 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 Chrysostom’s memory may be made to the Development Office of the Sisters of St. Joseph, 385 Watervliet-Shaker Road, Latham, NY 12110.