Resurrection liturgy for Precious Blood Sister Carmencita Voisard will be held at the Salem Heights chapel, 4960 Salem Ave., Dayton, Ohio, on Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017, at 10:30 a.m. Visitation will be at the chapel Wednesday from 9-10:30 a.m. immediately preceding the liturgy. Sister died at the Maria-Joseph Center in Dayton on Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017. Carmencita, 94, had been a Sister of the Precious Blood for 79 years.
One of eight children, Anna Marie was born on May 19, 1922, to Leo and Margaret (Marchal) Voisard in Houston, Ohio. On Sept. 7, 1937, at the age of 15 she formally entered the Congregation of the Sisters of the Precious Blood. In religious life she was given the name Sister Mary Carmencita and later used only the name, Sister Carmen. “Being a member of the Congregation,” she said, “means that when I chose God as my personal friend I have never had to walk my journey alone.”
Carmen’s active ministry from 1940-98 was education, being a teacher and principal. She educated children in Dayton, Cincinnati, Saint Marys, and McCartyville in Ohio; in Rensselaer Ind. and Denver, Colo. She served as Supervisor of Schools in Denver, and also in a similar capacity for the Congregation’s Sisters in education ministry. During this time she served as Generalate Councilor. In 1973 she opened and directed the Early Childhood Center in Dayton. A co-worker said of her, “Because her heart is so full of love and compassion, she brings light and energy to all with whom she lives and works.”
In 1998 she joined her Sisters in retirement at Salem Heights, Dayton. In 2011 because of deteriorating health Carmen moved to the Maria-Joseph Center where she continued to be a person who always looked for the silver lining in every cloud.
Sister Carmencita is survived by her Precious Blood Community of Sisters and nieces and nephews. Preceding her in death were her brothers, Joseph, and Raymond Voisard and her sisters Mildred Moorman, Elfrieda Borchers, Cecilia Borchers, and Precious Blood Sisters Yvonne and Mary Louise Voisard.
Interment will be in the Salem Heights Cemetery.