Cover photo for Sister Joan Marie Recker, Snd's Obituary
Sister Joan Marie Recker, Snd Profile Photo

Sister Joan Marie Recker, Snd

August 18, 1940 — October 1, 2023

Sister Joan Marie Recker (formerly Sister Mary Josef) died at Rosary Care Center in Sylvania on Sunday, October 1, 2023, the day recalling the origin of the Congregation of the Sisters of Notre Dame founded in Germany in 1850. Sister was 83 years old (August 18, 1940) and in her 63rd year of religious profession (August 1960). How fitting that someone who had spent her entire religious life imparting the charism and spirit of the founding sisters, Sister Maria Aloysia Wolbring and Sister Maria Ignatia, would take her place with these sisters on Founders Day.
Born Joan Marie to Joseph and Agnes (Schroeder) Recker in Leipsic, Ohio, the fourth of eight children, she attended St. Mary School before becoming an aspirant at Notre Dame Academy, Toledo. Having made her vows in 1960, she began teaching grade seven at Christ the King School, Toledo. The next year she became the Aspirant Directress, the first of many years as a formator of the young women considering religious life. She taught at Notre Dame Academy and Notre Dame Extension College 1964-74 before becoming a postulant directress in 1974 and novice directress in 1976. Like the foundress, Sister Joan believed “the dear God has always taken care and will continue to do so” as she took on the role of Provincial Superior of the Toledo Province in 1988, a leadership position of nine years. After a sabbatical renewal in Sangre de Cristo Center in Santa Fe, Sister became Chancellor for the Toledo diocese, but within three months was elected to the General Council in Rome and then re-elected for a total of 12 years. Returning to Ohio in 2011, she was a team member at Lial Renewal Center in Whitehouse. Described as a “contemplative in action,” she was a spiritual director until 2021. She moved to St. Clare Commons in Perrysburg in 2021 and later to Rosary Care Center in Sylvania, where her suffering became her prayer. At the end of every visit the visitor heard “I love you.”
Throughout her life she took seriously the commandment “Love one another as I have loved you” (John 15:12). She was a woman of deep prayer, exceptional listening and sensitivity, a person who looked for the best in others. Imbued with the charism of the Sisters of Nore Dame, she lived and imparted to many the witness to God’s provident care. Her ability to articulate and live the charism aided her in writing commentary on the Constitutions of the Congregation of the Sisters of Notre Dame. Hers was always an increased desire to live the charism authentically. Sister shared the good news of the gospel that God, whom we desire, desires us even more passionately. God longs for us with the longing of the Lover for the beloved. In her death, Sister Joan felt that longing fulfilled.
Sister is survived by her three brothers Charles, Thomas, and Mark Recker and three sisters Jeanette Kimmet, Suzanne Palte, and Mary Jo Hermiller. She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother William. She will be greatly missed by hundreds of Sisters of Notre Dame around the world, many of whom she guided in their religious formation or met in her travels as a council member of the Generalate.
Visitation will be on Friday, October 6 at 2:00 at Christ the King Church, Toledo. The eulogy will be given at 4:15 followed by the funeral Mass at 4:30 p.m. in Christ the King Church, 4100 Harvest Lane, Toledo. Burial will be Saturday, October 7 at 9:30 a.m. at Resurrection Cemetery, 5725 Hill Avenue, Toledo, Ohio. Tributes may be made to the Sisters of Notre Dame at 1656 Henthorne Drive, Suite 200, Maumee, OH 43537. Arrangements are entrusted to the Urbanski Funeral Home, A Life Celebration Home, 5055 Secor Road, Toledo.
To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Sister Joan Marie Recker, Snd, please visit our flower store.


Visits: 3

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the
Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Service map data © OpenStreetMap contributors