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Sister Cecilia Marie Hermann

November 26, 2022

Sister Cecilia Marie Hermann died at the Sisters of St. Joseph Motherhouse at the age of 80 on November 26, 2022.

She was born, daughter of Adolf and Anna Hermann.in LaFargeville, New York.

A graduate of Immaculate Heart Academy (Class of 1960), she entered the Sisters of St. Joseph on September 7, 1960. She received the habit on June 24, 1961 and made Final Profession on August 28, 1966. She received her Bachelor's and Master's Degree from the New York State University of Plattsburgh. She was New York State Certified in the areas of the Social Sciences and Administration and Supervision. She taught in a number of Diocesan Catholic Schools including St. John's in Morristown, St. Andrew's in Norwood, St. Joseph's and Sacred Heart in Massena, St. Joseph's in Dannemora and Holy Family in Watertown and served as administrator at St. James in Gouverneur and Immaculate Heart Central in Watertown.

In September 1980, Sister Cecilia Marie embarked upon a two-fold educational endeavor as the Vice Principal for Immaculate Heart High School and as a full-time teacher. She fulfilled these roles for 36 years. While at IHC she held onto and promoted the traditions and values of Catholic education in the spirit of the Sisters of St. Joseph. She consistently imparted knowledge, guided hearts, and evangelized in her own special way. In addition to her role as the Vice Principal and a full-time teacher, she also served as the Dean of Women, was an adjunct professor of history at Jefferson Community College. Sister Cecilia Marie served as moderator for the Forensics team and facilitated the American Legion and VFW Democratic Essay Contests. She annually planned and facilitated the National Honor Society Induction program and May Crowning, both prestigious days and hallmarks of our Catholic culture. She served as Moderator for the Student Council and was in charge of the Whiz Quiz team. After school, Sister was busy supporting the extra-curricular programs. During any sports season and in any weather, she could be seen keeping score for soccer, basketball, and baseball. She was truly dedicated to Catholic school education and Immaculate Heart School.

Sister Cecilia Marie is survived by her brothers Robert (Patricia) Herman, Carl (Lois) Herman, and sisters Helen Amo, Betty Reff, Sister Mary Helen Hermann SSJ and sisters-in-law Clara Hermann and Mary Hermann. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews as well as grand nieces and nephews.

Besides her parents, she is predeceased by her brothers John Hermann, William Hermann, Albert Hermann and brothers-in-law Clarence Amo and Martin Reff. 

Funeral arrangements are entrusted with Cummings Funeral Service, Inc.  Waking hours will be at the Sisters of St. Joseph Motherhouse Chapel at 1425 Washington Street on Tuesday, November 29th in the afternoon from 2:00 to 4:00 pm and evening 7:00-9:00 pm. The funeral liturgy will be held at Sacred Heart Church, 320 West Lynde Street on Wednesday, November 30th at 2:00 pm. Most Reverend Bishop Terry R. LaValley will be the celebrant. Burial will be in Glenwood Cemetery

Contributions may be made to the Sisters of St. Joseph, 1425 Washington St., Watertown, NY 13601 or Immaculate Heart Central, 1316 Ives St., Watertown, NY 13601. Online condolences to her family may be posted at www.cummingsfuneral.com.


#12 Matt Mancini 2022-11-29 21:08
Sr Cecilia Marie, thank you for your caring, your service and your guidance. You gave everything of yourself to the church and to all of your students. May you rest in peace.
Matt Mancini
IHC Class of 1995
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#11 Carl Franks 2022-11-29 17:18
My siblings and I got to be fortunate enough to attend IHC with Sister Cecilia as Vice Principal. She will be missed by all of those who knew her throughout her many years of teaching and the many lives she's touched through her wit and wisdom.
Dorothy V. (Franks) Cusack - Class of 1983
Mary A. Franks - Class of 1987
Carl R. Franks - Class of 1991
Richard A. Franks - Class of 1994
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#10 Francis Monaco 2022-11-29 10:34
Be Thou At Peace Sister. Well Done.
-IHC '91
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#9 Kristin Leroux 2022-11-29 08:19
My deepest condolences to Sister Cecilia’s family. She was a force at IHC and I know she touched so many lives. I am confident that she will continue to watch over all of us from Heaven and I hope what she sees makes her smile.
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#8 Karen Wise 2022-11-29 06:51
As wisdom comes later in a student's life, you realize the impact of one woman who sacrificed and dedicated her whole life to our Lord, our youth and their future.
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#7 Matt Morgan 2022-11-28 18:38
Sister Cecilia was a smart, funny, dedicated lady - and had a great sense of fun on top of it all :) She made her life a gift, to the betterment of everyone who knew her. Condolences to the Hermann, Reff, and Amo families, and to her sisters with the SSJ.
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#6 Rev. Dennis Weezorak 2022-11-28 17:43
Heartfelt condolences! Sister Cecilia was a gem, not to mention a bit of a trickster! Thoughts and prayers to the entire family.
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#5 Pat Fontana, Jr. 2022-11-28 17:04
Sister Cecilia Marie was a beautiful, holy individual who loved the Church, loved Immaculate Heart Central (IHC), and loved her students. The name Sister Cecilia Marie is synonymous with IHC. She may be gone from this earth but her legacy lives on in each and every one of the students she taught and influenced.
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#4 Anastasia Pratt 2022-11-28 14:06
We send you love and prayers. May Sister Cecilia's memory be a blessing.

the Pratts
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#3 Brian Rich 2022-11-28 11:44
Looking back at my high school years, it's difficult to think of anyone more dedicated and committed to her students than Sr. Cecilia (and there was a lot of competition). She was instrumental in guiding me when I was on the IHC forensics team 30 years ago, often critiquing my speeches while eating her lunch, early in the mornings or after school. She was, quite literally, everywhere, and I'm not sure that any opportunity to help me develop as a student and as a person ever got past her. She was committed, compassionate and deadly serious about service to the "dear neighbor," but also never took herself too seriously. As I recall from a school trip to Italy, she was also one heck of a floor hockey player! I am fully confident that she will enter into well-deserved heavenly rest.
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