Sister Mary Jane Schellhammer, RSM


Sept. 22, 1932 – May 18, 2017

Sister Mary Jane Schellhammer, RSM, 84, a member of the MidAtlantic Community of the Sisters of Mercy, died Thursday at Mercy Center, Dallas.

She was born in Johnstown, daughter of the late Francis and Rose Marie (Gephart) Schellhammer.

Surviving are five sisters: Shirley Waite of Summerville, S.C., Evelyn Crofcheck of Alexandria, Sandra Bush of Bellwood, Nancy Poorman in Ohio and Judy Stolz of Bellwood; and her Sisters of Mercy.

She was preceded in death by three brothers: Robert, Richard and Francis “Butch” Jr.; and a sister, Joyce.

Sister Jane attended Our Lady of Lourdes School, Altoona, and graduated from Mount Aloysius Academy, Cresson, and later Mercy Heights Mercidian School of Nursing.

She entered the Sisters of Mercy and professed her final vows on Oct. 11, 2008. On that day, she shared the following statement with all present: “How great it is to have all of you here today to witness my final profession of vows. It is you, my beloved Sisters in Mercy, my beloved family, my precious friends and dear associates, who have played a very important part in making this day possible in my life’s journey. My heart is full of deep gratitude to each of you and a promise of prayers always.” Sister Jane kept that promise throughout her life as she ministered in health care at Pastoral Outreach, Bellwood, and in support staff at Blair Senior Services, Altoona.

A celebration of life will be held from 9 to 10:15 a.m. Monday, May 22, 2017, at Mercy Center Chapel, Dallas, where a prayer service and viewing will be held. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the chapel. Interment will be at 3:30 p.m. Monday at Logan Valley Cemetery, Bellwood. Arrangements are by Collins Funeral Home, Wilkes-Barre.

Memorial donations in memory of Sister Jane may be made to Mercy Center, P.O. Box 370 Dallas, PA 18612.