Sr. Edwardine Baznik SJSM, 75, died on October 28, 2020, in Louisville, OH, following a long battle with cancer and related complications. She was born in 1944 as Kathleen Marie Baznik and grew up in Euclid, OH. She graduated from the former Regina High School in South Euclid, the former St. Alexis Hospital School of Nursing, and the former St. John’s College, both in Cleveland. She later earned a master’s degree in nursing from the University of Akron.
In 1963 she entered the community of the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Saint Mark, a teaching and nursing order of nuns. Two years later she made her first commitment, and in 1971 her final commitment, choosing the religious name Edwardine in honor of her father. From 1969-73 she worked as an RN at Mount St. Joseph, a rehabilitation and long-term care facility operated by her order in Euclid where she had volunteered while in high school. That was followed by four years as Director of Nursing for the Home Health Agency of Moore and Lee Counties in Southern Pines, NC.
In 1977 she relocated to St. Joseph Senior Living, the order’s facility in Louisville, where she would reside for the balance of her life. She was initially Charge Nurse and Director of Nursing Inservice at St. Joseph Senior Living, but in 1980 she began a series of roles in the larger community: Instructor at the Mercy School of Nursing in Canton, Nursing Coordinator for the Hospice of Stark County, and Instructor in the RN/BSN program at Walsh College. From 1991-97 she was Administrator of St. Joseph Senior Living, a period during which the community expanded its facilities and services. From 1997-2001 she was Program Director of Catholic Charities Adult Day Services in Massillon, and from 2001-09 was Executive Director of Catholic Charities of Stark County. Her career’s capstone was serving in a consulting role as Coordinator of Therapeutic Activities at Villa Maria Health Services in Villa Maria, PA.
Throughout her long and distinguished career as a nurse, educator, and leader, her commitments were to her faith, her order, her community, and her family. She served as Mother Superior of her community of nuns in Louisville for the last two decades of her life, and had earlier served as a member of the senior governing body for her order, which is based in Alsace, France. In that role she visited the order’s communities in India and other countries. She also represented her order to the corporate board of the Catholic Diocese of Youngstown.
Sr. Edwardine is survived by her brothers Richard (Donna) and Edward (Linda), her sister Mary McCafferty, and by nine nieces and nephews and six great-nieces and great-nephews. She was predeceased by her parents, Edward and Angela Baznik, and her stepmother, Mary Baznik.
The Sisters of St. Joseph of St. Mark community and the Baznik family want to express their gratitude to the administration and staff of St. Joseph Senior Living for their care and support for Sr. Edwardine. In lieu of flowers, the community suggests contributions in her memory to St. Joseph Senior Living, 2300 Reno Drive, Louisville, OH 44641.
Services and burial will be private. A more public memorial gathering will be planned when public health circumstances permit. Arrangements were at the direction of the Paquelet-Falk Funeral Home of Louisville. Condolences can be shared with the family online at www.paqueletfalk.com.
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It is with great sadness we learned of the passing of Sr. Edwardine.
She was a wonderful lady who did great things during her lifetime. Sr.
Edwardine will be sorely missed by all those who cared so much for her.
Sister Edwardine was an angel to a group of caregivers caring for persons suffering from Alzheimer’s.She gave us love and hope and wisdom during our dark days. We will never forget her.
Sr. Edwardine was a wonderful loving sister , responsible ,good listener ,leader we ,SJSM sisters missed her very much. We are sure that sister is now in good hands the Father Almighty.
Sister was full of grace and was exactly what St Joesphs needed. RIP. Joe and JoAnne Klemens
Sr.Edwardin was a loving,caring,available and approachable person.Her dedication,determination and deep rooted religious life made her a sucessful Mother Superior . We, The Sisters of St.Joseph of St.Marc very proud of you .Lord,we pray for you, allow her to enjoy your eternal bliss with all the angels and saints .May the soul rest in peace. Amen.
Sr. Edwardine was such a soft spoken, humble woman. Loved seeing her at the Villa. She made that trek every week. They loved her as much as we did at St. Joseph Senior living. She has a definite room in heaven.
A wonderful woman who could give you hug from miles away ! Will be missed by many. Always a smile an kind words of encouragement!
Dear Baznik Family,
Our sincere sympathy and prayers are with you. We have been blessed by the presence of Sister Edwardine in our lives. Her faith, kindness, humor and compassion lives on through all of us. May she rest in peace in the love of the Lord.
Mary DeGirolomo, Donna Simon and Carol Gannon
Please accept my deepest sympathy on the loss of this dear, generous, good woman. We were classmates in graduate school, and we later taught together in the Nursing Program at Walsh College. Sister Edwardine was very accomplished academically and professionally, and she was a friend and source of inspiration to us all. Will keep Sister Edwardine, her SJSM community, and her family in my prayers. May she rest in God’s loving care …