Sister Arlene Cassidy, (Sister John) CSJ, 79, died Wednesday, October 15, 2014, in Villa St. Joseph, Baden, in the 62nd year of her religious life as a Sister of St. Joseph. The daughter of John and Katherine Carey, Sister Arlene entered the Congregation from Annunciation Parish, Pittsburgh, PA.
For nineteen years Sister Arlene ministered as a teacher in the Pittsburgh and Greensburg Dioceses, including 4 years at St. Joseph School in New Kensington, and seven years at St. Catherine of Siena School in Beechview.
She also served as Audio Visual Director, and the first Sister on the faculty at the former South Catholic High School in Pittsburgh from 1975-78. She was recognized for her skill in the classroom & was nominated for Teacher of the Year in Pennsylvania.
After her years of teaching, Sr. Arlene ministered at the Motherhouse as manager of both the Duplicating & Transportation Departments. She took great joy in these jobs as she loved to “wheel and deal” for the best possible value, a skill she learned from her dad. Sr. Arlene possessed a wealth of information regarding cars, whether purchasing or repairing them.
Her primary concern above all else, however, was the safety of each Sister. She had a generous and compassionate heart, a listening ear and an out-stretched hand ready to help anyone and everyone. She was an amazing caregiver to her mother Kitty and her sisters Kathleen & Becky as well as many others. She often turned to one of her favorite scripture passages from Matthew: “Come to me all you who are heavily burdened, and I will give you rest”.
Sister Arlene is survived by one sister, Becky (Harry) Lewis of Bluebell, PA and one brother, Jay of Pittsburgh, PA., nieces and nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews and the Sisters of St. Joseph of Baden.
Friends will be received on Sunday from 1-8 p.m. and Monday from 10:30-1:30 p.m. at the Motherhouse of the Sisters of St. Joseph. Mass of Christian Burial will be offered in the Motherhouse Chapel at 2:00 p.m. on Monday. Burial will be at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations in the name of Sister Arlene may be sent to the Sisters of St. Joseph Memorial Fund, St. Joseph Convent, 1020 State Street, Baden, PA 15005.