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“The years at St. Joseph on the Lake were the happiest of my childhood.”

I am 78 years old. I was one of 108 girls moved from an orphanage on Woodland Ave. in 1944 to “St. Joseph on the Lake.” I lived there till I graduated from 8th grade. We attended school at St. Jerome’s.

The years at St. Joseph on the Lake were the happiest of my childhood. I wish I knew which order of Sisters or organization of women staffed St Joseph’s at that time. They were the kindest, and most caring women I have ever known. Had I not experienced the wisdom of their gentle guidance I would not be the person I am today.

I have always been so grateful to have been under their care. After 8th grade graduation I was transferred to Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine in Euclid. At that time the shrine was owned by Sisters of the Good Shepherd where they provided a home for high school age girls until they were 18 years old. They too, were kind and gentle women.

Story shared by: Rosemarie (Bahler) Dougherty
Photo courtesy of: Archives of the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland