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Funeral arrangements for Sister Jérôme Corcoran – Business Journal Daily


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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – A Christian funeral mass will be held on June 11 at 4 p.m. at St. Michael’s Parish, Canfield, for Sister Jerome Corcoran, longtime educator and advocate for the poor who died Sunday at the age of 105.

Irene M. Corcoran was born April 21, 1916 in Chicago, daughter of Austin J. and Rose McDonnell Corcoran, who were immigrants from Ireland. Her family moved to Youngstown in 1923. She joined the Youngstown Ursulines on February 22, 1935 and made her final profession on August 24, 1940.

She was educated at St. Columba Elementary School and graduated in 1934 from Ursuline High School. She attended St. John College in Cleveland and received a B. in English from Sisters College, Catholic University of America in 1942. She then received an MA in English from Catholic University and a PhD in education in 1952 from Western Reserve University in Cleveland.

In more than 78 years of active ministry, Sister Jérôme has held various roles. She has taught at St. Columba, St. Nicholas in Struthers, St. Rose in Girard, and Ursuline High School in Youngstown. In addition, she has taught various courses at Youngstown State University, Catholic University of America, University of Dayton, and Marquette University. She was Education Supervisor for the Diocese of Youngstown from 1953 to 1972. In 1961, she published The Catholic Elementary Principal, which was widely used across the country.

She was also a member of the Ursuline Sisters leadership team from 1960 to 1972. During these years, Sister Jerome helped plan the construction of the Ursuline motherhouse in Canfield and pay off the mortgage.

Beginning in 1967, Sister Jerome led GED courses in Youngstown, allowing people to graduate from high school. In 1976, she established the Millcreek Children’s Center for early childhood education in the city, and in 1993, she opened a new facility on Market Street. In 1998, Sister Jerome, along with Sister Mary Dunn and the Board of Developing Potential, Inc. established a charter school, the Youngstown Community School. Sister Jerome retired from the Millcreek Children’s Center in 2012.

Sister Jerome was active in educational and civic causes, including Leadership Mahoning Valley, NAACP, and served as a judge for the Youngstown Vindicator Spelling Bee for over 20 years.

Sister Jérôme has received numerous awards over the years, including the Sargent Shriver Anti-Poverty Remedial Reading Award, B’nai B’rith Woman of the Year, Mahoning County Bar Association Annual Award, AOH Woman of the Year, Ursuline High School Alumna of the Year, Salvation Army Others Award, Rotary Club Paul Harris Award, Ohio Pioneer in Education Award and Chamber of Conference William G. Lyden Spirit of the Valley Award. The Diocese of Youngstown awarded him the honors Pro Ecclesia and Pontifice. In 2016, at the age of 100, Sister Jerome was inducted into the Ohio Senior Hall of Fame.

Sister Jérôme leaves her sisters in community and many cousins ​​and close friends. She was predeceased by her parents and a brother, Joseph.

Call hours will be Thursday, June 10 at the Maison-Mère des Ursulines, 4250 chemin Shields, Canfield, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Those planning to show up during call hours at the Motherhouse must wear a face mask and present proof of vaccination. Call hours will also precede funerals at St. Michael’s Parish from 2:00 pm to 3:45 pm Private burial services will be held at Calvary Cemetery.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.

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