July 6, 1921 ~ September 2, 2010
Sister M. Gerald Vietmeier OP died at the age of 89 at Regina Health Center Richfield OH on Thursday September 2 2010. The former Mary Clare Vietmeier was born to the late William and Mary Elizabeth Vietmeier on July 6 1921 in Moon Run PA. She entered the Sisters of St. Dominic Akron from St. Philip Parish Hanoverton Ohio on September 8 1937 and made religious profession on July 2 1939. From 1939-49 Sister Gerald taught at St. Paul School Akron. She also taught at St. Agatha School Cleveland; St. Mary School Wooster; SS Peter & Paul Doylestown St. Dominic School Youngstown; St. Joseph and Regina Coeli Schools Alliance; and at St. Vincent Akron where she was also principal from 1963-69. After leaving the field of education in 1976 she served in the environmental service department at St. Thomas Hospital Akron. From 1982-97 she held positions of housekeeping supervisor assistant to Coordinator of Special Services and Activities Assistant at The Village at St. Edward Fairlawn. In 1997 she returned to Elms where she gave community service. Because of failing health Sister Gerald was moved to Regina Health Center in Richfield in 2003. Sister was very pastoral by reaching out and giving counseling to family and her many friends. Sister received her BSE from Siena Heights College Adrian Michigan in 1952 and an MA from The Catholic University of America in 1969. Sister Gerald is survived by brothers Leo and Lawrence; sister Lauretta Amos and several cousins nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by brothers William Joseph and James; sisters Margaret Shivers Ann Timko and Bernadette Fanslau. Calling hours will be held at Our Lady of the Elms 1230 W. Market St. Akron OH on Monday September 6 from 3:00-6:00 p.m. with a Wake Service at 4:00 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be held in the Elms Chapel on Tuesday September 7 at 10:00 a.m. Burial will follow. Donations in memory of Sister Gerald can be made to the Dominican Sisters of Peace 2320 Airport Drive Columbus OH 43219-2098.