Sister Marion Reiersen
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Sister Marion Reiersen
  • April 15, 1927 - February 12, 2017
  • East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania

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Sister Marion Reiersen, of East Stroudsburg, entered into eternal life on Sunday, February 12, 2017, at the age of 89.
Born in Stavanger, Norway on April, 15, 1927, she was the loving daughter of the late Christian and Gudney (Oltesvik) Reiersen.

Sister Marion and her family immigrated to the United States when she was just an infant. They settled in Brooklyn, NY where she graduated high school and then began a career in the NYC financial district with The Exxon Corporation. Sister Marion had been raised Lutheran before a coworker introduced her to Catholicism by asking her to join in a Catholic Novena to pray for the military men and women during the war. Due to the spiritual experience at this church, Marion decided to convert to Catholicism beginning with instructions on the Catholic faith. She felt a calling to become involved with entering the religious life, but her instructor told her that she needed to wait a few years to confirm her spiritual calling. Five years after she became a Catholic, Sister Marion entered the formation process in the monastic way of life and in the Benedictine Spirituality.

She received a Bachelor's Degree from Seton Hall University, graduating Magna Cum Laude in Education /Business and attended Catholic University in Washington, DC. Sister taught eighth grade Math and English in the Catholic School System in Washington, DC and also Elizabeth, NJ, where she eventually became principal at the Bender Academy Grammar School.

Although life circumstances forced Sister Marion to request and receive a dispensation from the monastery to care for her ailing parents, she continued to live the Benedictine Spirituality in the lay world. After the passing of both parents, she went to work in the Automotive Accounting Business while assisting with the accounting for the Sisters of her former school.

She continued her journey as she moved to PA and became active in the parish of St. Matthew's Roman Catholic Church in East Stroudsburg. Sister Marion petitioned Bishop Timlin for permission to retake the vows, and he readily agreed. Since retaking the vows, Sister assisted in the many projects including the Pocono Medical Center Eucharistic Ministry Volunteer Program that she founded and coordinated. She also started The Eucharistic Nursing Home Mission where she administered the Eucharist, made regular visits, and prayed with the residents of many area nursing homes and care centers. Sister Marion was the CEO/Founder of the Shepherds Maternity house in Analomink, PA in which she started with her friend, Patricia Stys. They started the Shepherds Maternity House to help woman in need of a safe place to birth their child and get their life organized. Sister Marion loved babies and children, her face radiated with joy whenever she was in the presence of little ones, anytime or anywhere she came in contact with them. Her whole life was dedicated to the wellbeing of children.

Sister Marion was a true inspiration and role model to so many. Her heartfelt gestures and wisdom will never be forgotten. Her legacy will live on through her teachings and her love of mankind. She will be missed greatly.

In addition to her parents, Sister Marion had been preceded in death by her brother: Thomas Reiersen, and her sister: Eleanor Deininger.

Left to cherish her memory include her best friend/ Business Partner of 20 years, Patricia Stys, of East Stroudsburg, PA; Her very good friend: Sister Marie Therese, of St. Walburga Monastery, Elizabeth, NJ; Her sister: Carol Molloy and her husband Jim, of Sugar hill, GA; her niece: Carol Barnett, also of Sugar hill, GA. She is survived by many other nieces and nephews and her furry companions; her puppy dog: Angel; and her kitty cat: Baby.

Friends and family may gather to reminisce the Life of Sister Marion at 4pm, Friday, February 17, 2017 at The Lanterman & Allen Funeral Home, 27 Washington Street, East Stroudsburg, PA 18301. Monsignor Bergamo will conclude the visitation with a prayer service beginning at 5:30pm.

The Celebration of life Service, led by Pastor Gail Keyes and Pastor Eric Moser will begin at 11am Saturday, February 18, 2017 at The St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 9 N. Ninth St., Stroudsburg, PA 18360. There will be one hour of visitation prior to the service beginning at 10am.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Crisis Pregnancy Center, 115 N. Eighth Street, Stroudsburg, PA 18360 or AWSOM, P.O. Box 13, Stroudsburg, PA 18360.

Arrangements have been entrusted to The Lanterman & Allen Funeral Home, 27 Washington Street, East Stroudsburg, Pa 18301. Online Condolences may be made via LantermanAllenFH.com.