Sister Pauline Greschner, OSU
Sister Pauline Greschner, OSU (Prelate) was called into eternal life at St. Angela Merici Residence on October 21, 2018 at the age of 80 years. Daughter of Joseph and Clara (Gross) Greschner, she was born on November 3, 1937 at Loon Lake, SK the fifth of six children in a closely knit family. She grew up in a log cabin on the family farm near Goodsoil, SK and attended a multi-grade rural school until Grade Seven when she transferred to the Goodsoil School where her teachers were Ursuline Sisters. In 1955 she attended St. Angela’s Academy, Prelate, SK and the following year entered the Ursuline congregation, taking the religious name of Sister Stephanie. On August 15, 1958 she made her profession of vows.
In 1960 she took the risk of undergoing serious back surgery that could have left her paralyzed. Although the surgery was successful, her life was marked with patient management of pain. Upon graduating from Teachers College in 1962, she taught primary grades for 16 years in Barthel, Swift Current, Yorkton, Tramping Lake and Saskatoon, during which time she completed her B.Ed. degree in 1974. After two years of studies at the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, CA, she served as Pastoral Associate at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish in Winnipeg for 15 years, a ministry she described as “a wonderful experience” especially in directing the parish religious education program. She then served for seven years as chaplain and director of chaplaincy at St. Paul’s College in Winnipeg where she delighted in organizing campus activities.
Upon being appointed as General Treasurer of the Ursuline Congregation, she moved to Saskatoon where she also played a leadership role in the Diocesan Sisters Association until her death. In all her varied ministries, Sister Pauline was noted for being thorough, practical, attentive to details and well prepared for every task. A “people person” by nature, she enjoyed entertaining guests and had a gift for remembering names. Among her special experiences, she cherished her trip in 2008 to Hungary where she and family members visited the places where their parents grew up. Also of significance to Sister Pauline was the pilgrimage she assisted in planning for groups of Ursulines to visit Brescia, Italy, place of the Ursuline founding by St. Angela. The Ursuline visit to Old Quebec and the Ursuline monastery of Marie of the Incarnation was another memorable event.
Left to cherish her memory are her Ursuline Sisters, siblings Clara Hankey and Joseph (Nadyne), sisters-in-law Gisella and Mary. She was predeceased by her father (1967), her mother (1984), her siblings John, George, and Mary, nephew, Norman Hankey and brothers-in-law Francis Hankey and Roland Hankey.
A Vigil of Prayer will take place on Thursday, October 25, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. and the Mass of Christian Burial on Friday, October 26 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Angela Merici Residence, 125 Cree Crescent, with interment to follow in the cemetery at Prelate, SK. In lieu of flowers, friends and relatives are invited to contribute to the Ursuline mission of Education by donating to St. Angela’s Academy Foundation at 305 Hilliard Street East, Saskatoon, SK S7K 0E5.
Arrangements in care of John Schachtel – Mourning Glory Funeral Services (306) 978-5200.