Sister Jerome lauded for nearly 100 years of giving

Sister Jerome Corcoran received the 2015 Pioneer Award.
FILE - Sister Jerome Corcoran, at a Pioneer Award ceremony in 2015.

BOARDMAN TWP, Ohio (WKBN) – A hard-working local educator is reaching a major milestone in her life. So she was honored Sunday night.

300 friends and family members got together at the Georgetown Banquet Center in Boardman on Sunday to honor Sister Jerome Corcoran. She is 99 years old; her birthday is in April. “This is the most fabulous thing I can imagine,” says Sister Jerome.

After establishing the Mill Creek Learning Center and Youngstown Community School, Sister Jerome worked to assist the needs of working class families through the Sister Jerome Poor program.

“The program has been incredibly successful for what she’s done with inner city working families,” says Jim Pazol, chairman of the Sister Jerome Dinner.

Sister says her parents established a pattern of giving to others. “That was their greatest satisfaction and they would really get so elated. I grew up like that.”

At the dinner, she received a surprise, personal message from the pope. The crowd sang happy birthday to the healthy, energetic woman.

WKBN asked her if she has a secret to her longevity. “Both my parents lived to be 98, and they were pretty good,” said Sister Jerome. “So, if you start with that, apart from that, I don’t have any idea. It was just a matter of doing the work I just loved and I hardly ever got tired because I loved the work so much.”

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