Sister Marie Claire Wey, retired science teacher


Sister Marie Claire Wey, S.S.N.D., a retired science teacher, died Sunday at the Mercy Medical Center, the day before the 50th anniversary of her final vows as a School Sister of Notre Dame.

Sister Marie Ann Meehan, S.S.N.D., a friend who was to deliver reflections on Sister Marie Claire's life at a wake last night, described her as an innovative, good teacher "who cared for her students very specially and influenced many lives."

Sister Marie Claire, who was 71, retired in 1974 as a biology teacher at Archbishop Curley High School.

In 1971-1972, she had taught science at St. Maria Goretti High School in Hagerstown.

From 1967 to 1971, she had been assigned to the College of

Notre Dame of Maryland, working in the registrar's office and the chemistry department's office.

In 1960, she became assistant directress of aspirants at the Villa Regina Academy, and she later served as assistant directress of postulants, those who have taken the first step toward membership.

From 1954 until 1960, she taught biology at the Institute of Notre Dame.

Her first teaching assignment in 1943 was at St. Mark's School in Catonsville.

The former Elizabeth Wey was born in Eldorado, Okla., and reared in Oakland, Calif., and in Baltimore, where she graduated from Blessed Sacrament School and what is now Notre Dame Preparatory School.

She entered the School Sisters of Notre Dame in 1940 and took her final vows in 1943. She earned a bachelor's degree at the College of Notre Dame and a master's degree at the Catholic University.

A Mass of Christian burial was to be offered at 10 a.m. today in the chapel of Villa Assumpta, the motherhouse at 6401 N. Charles St., Baltimore.

She is survived by a sister, Regina Garvey, of Baltimore; a brother, Joseph Wey of Westminster; and many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

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