Paraclita Schnebelt, IHM


Sister Paraclita Schnebelt, IHM, 99, died Saturday, March 10, in the IHM Senior Living Community, Monroe. Sister Paraclita and her twin sister, Lorene, were born on March 5, 1919 to Joseph and Alice (Johnston) Schnebelt. She was baptized Irene at St. Joseph, Dexter, Mich. She attended St. Phillip elementary school in Battle Creek, Mich., followed by several high schools in Michigan and Florida before graduating from St. Thomas, Ann Arbor, Mich. Irene entered the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Monroe, and received the religious name Sister Paraclita.

Sister Paraclita earned a bachelor’s degree at Marygrove College and a master’s degree at Marquette University, Milwaukee. Her 29-year teaching ministry took her to St. Mary, Hall of the Divine Child, St. Joseph and St. Mary Academy, Monroe; St. John, Canton, Ohio; Christ the King, Gesu, Holy Redeemer and All Saints, Detroit; St. Thomas, Ann Arbor; and to St. Patrick, Wyandotte, Mich.

In 1968, Sister Paraclita took a position as guidance director at Gabriel Richard High School, Riverview, Mich. This experience led her to minister in parish counseling and visiting at St. Charles Parish in Coldwater, Mich., and for several years as coordinator of the Citizens in the Advocacy Program for the Washtenaw Association for Community Advocacy, Ypsilanti, Mich.

Sister Paraclita returned to her home parish in 1975 and served in parish ministry as coordinator of religious education at St. Joseph Parish, Dexter. She often worked in calligraphy, a skill she continued to practice into retirement. Sister Paraclita retired in 2000, but remained in Dexter, often volunteering in adult education, counseling and spiritual direction. She retired to the IHM Motherhouse in 2011.

Sister Paraclita is survived by her sister, Phyllis (Vincent) Studer, and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by brothers, Philip, Donald, Lawrence and Eugene; and sisters, Lorene, Ruth and Audrey Boham.

Read her Remembering.