Sister Virginia Harris

Sister Virginia Harris, formerly Sister Mary Peter, passed away peacefully Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019, at St. Bernardine Home, Fremont, at the age of 92. She would have been 93 next month. She was a native of Detroit and grew up in Fremont.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Lucille Arnold Harris; stepfather, John Weihrouch; two siblings, Margaret Murray and William Harris; and two stepbrothers, Dale and Lavonne Weihrouch.

A Sister of Mercy for 76 years, the majority of her ministries were focused in health care in Toledo and Urbana, after teaching 2nd grade in Columbus for two years. She served at St. Charles and the former Toledo Mercy Hospitals, from 1951 to 1966, as OB and GYN Supervisor as well as ER and Night Supervisor. Her last 45 years of ministry were spent at Mercy Memorial Hospital, Urbana where she was OB Supervisor and Director of Nursing Services. She also assumed the position of Patient Advocate.

She was privileged to witness the birth of so many babies and the joy of their mothers. She was especially touched by the tears of gratitude of the first-time moms.

Upon her retirement from Mercy Memorial, she was paid tribute with the words, “She has made an invaluable difference in the lives of countless patients and families through her dedicated selfless service.” In 2014, Sister retired to St. Bernardine Home, Fremont along with her devoted friend, Sister Edith Ryan and their beloved dog, Sarah.

She will forever be remembered as a gentle woman, always positive, and totally committed to her ministry. Her precious smile earned her the nickname “Smiley” in her retirement years.

She is survived by her Community of the Sisters of Mercy, and also leaves her sister, Jane Bankey; stepsister-in-law, Carol Weihrouch; niece, Tina (Tom) Hasselbach; along with many other nieces and nephews; and special friends, Pricilla Lehmann and Sue Horner.

A welcoming service will take place at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019, at St. Bernardine Home, Fremont, with visitation to follow.

Visitation will continue from 8:30-2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 2, 2019, with the funeral Mass at 2:30 p.m. Burial will follow at Our Lady of the Pines Cemetery. Arrangements are in the care of Hanneman-Chudzinski-Keller Funeral Home.