May They Rest in Peace: Sr. Marillac (Mildred Elizabeth) Grabinski, DC

Sr. Marillac (Mildred Elizabeth) Grabinski, DC, died on Oct. 30, 2023, at Seton Residence in Evansville, Ind. She was born on Dec. 9, 1928 in Chicago and was one of four children of Walter and Sophia (Biedka) Grabinski. Sister graduated from Good Counsel High School in Chicago in 1947 and entered the Daughters of Charity in St. Louis in 1951. She received her B.A. degree in History from Marillac College in St. Louis in 1963.

After initial formation, Sister Marillac was sent to several schools to serve as an elementary teacher in Missouri, Alabama, Utah and Illinois; a ministry that ended in 1977 after 25 years.

Sr. Marillac (Mildred Elizabeth) Grabinski, DC
Sr. Marillac (Mildred Elizabeth) Grabinski, DC

Sr. Marillac served as a Docent at Seton Shrine in Emmitsburg, Md. (1977-1978) and as a Parish Visitor at St. Mary Parish in Huntingburg, Ind. (1978-1980); then, she returned to teaching at St. Francis de Sales School in Lake Zurich, Ill., in 1980. She worked in Social Services at Marillac Social Center in Chicago for one year in 1980, and then was sent to Effingham, Ill., as a Parish Visitor for Catholic Charities (1983-1985). She returned to Marillac Social Center in Chicago (1986-1989), then served in Elderly Outreach at St. Joseph Health Center and Hospital in Chicago (1989-1994) and at St. Margaret Services in Montgomery, Ala. (1994-2001). Sr. Marillac was then missioned to Detroit and Southfield, Mich., to serve as a Community Outreach Worker at St. Christine Parish and Providence Pavilion (2001-2013). In 2013, Sr. Marillac was missioned to Seton Residence in Evansville, Ind., where she entered the Ministry of Prayer; a ministry which she served in until the time of her death.

A Wake Service was held on Nov. 5, 2023, and Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Nov. 6, 2023, in Evansville, with interment at St. Joseph Cemetery. She was preceded in death by her parents and her brothers Eugene, Walter and Richard Grabinski, and is survived by loving family members, her Sisters in Community and many friends.

Donations in Sister Marillac’s memory may be made to: Daughters of Charity, 4330 Olive Street, St Louis, MO 63108.

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