Sister Monica Boles, H.M., formerly Sr. Mary Austin, 92, died December 17, 2022 at Villa Maria Community Center. Originally from Akron, she graduated from St. Vincent High School in 1948 and entered the Sisters of the Humility of Mary in 1949 from Annunciation Parish. She professed her perpetual vows in 1954.
An educator, she ministered for 48 years in classrooms in Akron, Ashtabula, Canton and Cleveland. She served as a pastoral minister at St. Colette, Brunswick and was a computer instructor in the Business Technology Division at the University of Akron. Over the years she volunteered as an ombudsman for nursing homes in the Akron area. Coming from a musical family she played clarinet and sax with the Akron-based Moonlight Serenaders for over 10 years until she was well into her 80s. She retired to Villa Maria Community Center in 2016 where she joined her Humility of Mary sisters in the ministry of prayer and of faith-filled presence until her death.
The daughter of the late Patrick and Mary (Eisenzimmer) Boles and sister of the late Edward, Russell and John (Jack) Boles, she is survived by a number of nieces and nephews and their families, and her sisters in the Humility of Mary Congregation with whom she shared her life for 73 years.
Funeral Thursday, Dec. 22 at 10:30 AM at Villa Maria Chapel, Villa Maria PA. Rite of Return and viewing at Villa Maria Chapel beginning at 9:45 AM prior to the funeral Mass. The funeral will be livestreamed.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Sisters of the Humility of Mary, Development Office, PO Box 534, Villa Maria PA 16155. Arrangements by McCauley Funeral Home-Youngstown.
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