Sister Cleta Marie Reineberg, ASC, of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ, died on Saturday, February 5 at St. Anne’s Retirement Community in Columbia. She was 96 years old and had been professed for 76 years.
Sister Cleta Marie was born in York on November 8, 1925, to Samuel Cletus and Mary (Bievenour) Reineberg and given the baptismal name Margaret. She made her first profession on August 12, 1945, and her final vows on August 12, 1950.
She earned her bachelor’s degree in education in 1964 and her master’s in education administration and supervision in 1972, both from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. She received her certificate in religious education from the Diocese of Harrisburg in 1974.
Sister Cleta Marie served 50 years in elementary education and several at the secondary level. She taught in Pennsylvania at St. Mary’s in Steelton, Sacred Heart in McKeesport, St. John in Enhaut, Seven Sorrows in Middleton, Sacred Heart in Lewistown, and West End Consolidation in Johnstown. She also served at schools in Indiana, North Carolina, Illinois, New York and Missouri.
On the secondary level, she taught religion and English at St. Joseph Academy in Columbia and later served as principal of the academy.
She engaged in Community Service as Local Coordinator of the Provincial Center in Columbia and then as Associate Co-Director at St. Joseph Convent in Columbia.
She is survived by her ASC community, including her cousin, Sister Mary Clare Reineberg, ASC, and by nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and siblings.
The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated February 9 at St. Peter Church in Columbia.