Friday, July 21, 2023
Mass of the Resurrection, 10:30 a.m.
Church of Our Lady of Loretto
Saint Mary’s, Notre Dame, Indiana
Read the memories shared at Sister Marian's funeral.
Sister Marian Daniel, CSC
(Florence Mary Creamer)
May 15, 1930–July 10, 2023
We share news of the death of Sister Marian Daniel (Creamer), CSC, who died at 7:30 p.m. on July 10, 2023, in Saint Mary’s Convent, Notre Dame, Indiana. Sister Marian Daniel entered the Congregation from Washington, D.C., on September 7, 1954. Her initial profession of vows took place on August 15, 1957.
Please join us in prayer for Sister as we renew our faith in the resurrected Jesus and strengthen our hope that all the departed will be raised to eternal life.
Florence Mary Creamer entered this world in Washington, D.C., on May 15, 1930, during the Great Depression. Daniel James Creamer, her father, was the administrative assistant to the chief of staff of the National Guard Bureau. Her mother, Margaret Florence Murphy Creamer, was a homemaker. Florence grew up with her sister, Eileen, who survives her in Mitchelville, Maryland, and her three brothers, Matthew, Robert and Donald, who predeceased her. Florence was educated in Washington, D.C., at St. Cecilia’s Grade School and at St. Cecilia’s Academy, continuing on to Dunbarton College of Holy Cross, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics in 1953. While attending these institutions, all sponsored by the Sisters of the Holy Cross, Florence became friends with many of the sisters. During her college years, she was employed part time as a bookkeeper at William J. Gallery and Company, a local Catholic religious goods store. After graduation, she continued as their full-time employee for a year until she entered the Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Cross in 1954. Upon reception of the holy habit on August 5, 1955, she became known as Sister Marian Daniel. Her father would have been pleased that she carried his name throughout her next 65 years in Holy Cross, while retaining a variant of her own middle name honoring the Blessed Mother.
Sister Marian Daniel’s first assignment was as a high school teacher of mathematics at The Academy of the Holy Cross in Kensington, Maryland. This assignment lasted 10 years from 1957 to 1967 with a break for a year’s study at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey, where she earned a master’s degree in mathematics in 1965. Sister Marian Daniel approached life with a loving concern for all and a keen sense of humor. Remembering her own student days with the sisters, she mirrored the same dedication to students and a willingness to give individual assistance outside class time. Students were held to high performance standards in accordance with their abilities. They responded to her with fondness and liked to gather in Sister Marian Daniel’s classroom at the end of the school day to enjoy her company. In 1967, she was appointed to Saint Mary’s Academy in Alexandria, Virginia, as assistant principal and teacher. The following year she became principal and served for nine years in this capacity. While in Virginia, she served a term as a member of the board of directors for the Diocese of Richmond newspaper, The Catholic Virginian.
After 20 years in education, her talents in finance were needed by her religious community. Beginning in 1977 she spent most of the next 20 years in various financial positions for the Congregation: eight years as business manager at The Academy of the Holy Cross; four years as treasurer and councilor for the Eastern Region headquartered in Mount Rainier, Maryland; and five years in the finance office, serving the general administration at Saint Mary’s, Notre Dame, Indiana. In 1996, she served six months in Tiberias, Israel, at Mater Ecclesiae, an international religious formation center for Catholic sisters sponsored by the Sisters of the Holy Cross. During these years in finance, Sister also served 10 years on the board of trustees of Mount Carmel Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.
Her administrative talents took a different turn with her appointment as religious superior at Saint Angela Hall in Kensington, Maryland, in 1996. The large community of retired sisters at Saint Angela valued her loving care for their welfare, along with her management skills and sense of humor. A term as assistant superior followed at Saint Mary’s Convent, Notre Dame. In September 2004, she returned to Saint Angela Hall, becoming an active and prayerful community member until she retired to Saint Mary’s Convent in 2013. Every day, Sister Marian Daniel could be seen sitting in quiet prayer by the small shrine to the Blessed Mother that was set up for her near her room. This arrangement gave her time and a sacred space of peace, joy and comfort. She lived under the patronage of Mary for 93 years, known as a woman of grace and dignity. Her life of prayer and concern for others continued at Saint Mary’s Convent until God called her to the kingdom of eternal joy on the evening of July 10, 2023.
We invite you to donate to the Ministry With the Poor Fund in Sister’s name.—Written by Sister Grace Shonk, CSC