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Sr. Mary Alice Girrens, CSJ

August 16, 1939 - March 12, 2019

GIRRENS, Sister Mary Alice C.S.J., daughter of Bernadine Seiwert and Frank Girrens, died in Wheeling Hospital on March 12, 2019. Sister Mary Alice was born at home on August 16, 1939, in Goddard, Kansas in St. Mark Parish.

Sister Mary Alice graduated high school on May 23, 1957 and entered the Congregation of St. Joseph in Wichita, Kansas on September 8, 1957. She held a Masters of Arts degree in Business and Management Administration from Webster University, St. Louis.

Her health care ministry included X-ray technology, hospital administration and mission services in Hayward, California; Ponca City, Oklahoma; Pratt, Kansas; and in Wichita, Kansas.

She served two terms on the leadership team of the Wichita congregation, from 1984-1992 and another term from 2004-2007, when the Congregation of St. Joseph was formed.

Sister Mary Alice was the Administrator/Coordinator of Mount St. Joseph Convent in Wheeling, West Virginia, from 2007 until her retirement in January, 2015.

Since her retirement, she became active in service to Holy Family Day Care and with the crafts for our annual Spaghetti Dinner and Craft Sale. Members of her family were wonderful donors of crafts for the sale as well as a beautiful handmade quilt each year that was used as the main raffle. Each year her family came from Kansas to work with the sisters at the craft show.

In addition to her parents, Sister Mary Alice was preceded in death by her brother, Francis Girrens. She is survived by her sister, Eileen Harrington and her husband Gerald; brother, Roman and his wife Gloria; brother, Leo and his wife Kay; sister–in-law, Arlene; and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to the members of her community, she is survived by many friends and co-workers.

Family and friends will be received from 1:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 14, 2019 at Mount St. Joseph chapel, 137 Mount St. Joseph Road, Wheeling, where vigil services will be held.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, March 15, 2019 in the Mount St. Joseph chapel with Rev. Jim Conroy as celebrant. Interment will be held at a later date in Mount St. Mary Convent Cemetery, Wichita, Kansas.

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Service Information

Visitation Information

Date: Thursday, March 14, 2019

Time: 1:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Mount St. Joseph Chapel

137 Mt. St. Joseph Road
Wheeling, WV 26003

Service Information

Date: Friday, March 15, 2019

Time: 11:00 am


Mount St. Joseph Chapel

137 Mt. St. Joseph Road
Wheeling, WV 26003

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