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SISTER MARY THEODORE WEPPNER, EDUCATOR

A Mass of Christian Burial for Sister Mary Theodore Weppner, a member of the Grey Nuns of the Sacred Heart and a former faculty member at D'Youville College, was offered Thursday in the Sacred Heart Chapel in the Grey Nuns' Motherhouse, Yardley, Pa. Burial was in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Cheltenham, Pa.

Sister Weppner, 94, died last Tuesday (Dec. 18, 1990) in St. Joseph's Infirmary at the Grey Nuns' Motherhouse.

Born Grace Adele Weppner in Buffalo, she received her early education at Holy Angels School and Holy Angels Academy. She earned her bachelor's degree from D'Youville College and later earned a doctorate in education from the Catholic University of America in Washington.

For 10 years before entering the Grey Nuns in 1930, she taught in Hutchinson High School.

After entering the order, she served as a teacher and as principal in the congregation's schools in Buffalo, Ogdensburg and Melrose Park, Pa.

For almost 30 years, Sister Weppner was a member of the faculty of D'Youville, serving as professor of education, chairwoman of the education department and assistant director of education. She was the first director of the cadet program at D'Youville.

In the early 1950s, she initiated the Bishop's Committee, an early lay leadership program to develop Catholic family life. In 1972, Sister Weppner retired to Yardley, where she served as an administrative secretary.

Survivors include a sister, Mildred Salter of Eggertsville.

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