In Memoriam: Sister Eileen Grubert, SC

There can hardly be a man, woman or child in our parish who has not been touched by her quiet, generous spirit.


Sister Eileen Grubert (Sister Thomas Marian) was born on August 29, 1924 in East Elmhurst, NY, one of two daughters and three sons of Thomas and Esther Randall Grubert. Eileen attended P.S. 127 in Queens, Cathedral High School, Manhattan, Ladycliffe College, and then Hunter College. She entered the Sisters of Charity of New York on September 8, 1944, and received the religious name Sister Thomas Marian. Sister completed her BA in Latin from the College of Mount Saint Vincent and received her MS in Elementary Education from Hunter College. She later earned NYS Permanent Certification in Social Studies and Administrative Supervision.

Sister Eileen began her ministry in education teaching fifth grade at Resurrection School in Rye. She continued teaching grades five through eight at Saint Lawrence Academy, Manhattan; Saints Peter and Paul and Saint Gabriel Schools, Bronx, and Saint Gregory the Great School, Manhattan. In 1965, Sister Eileen was missioned to Sacred Heart School, Staten Island, as principal, a position she held for the next twenty-six years. When Sister Eileen was leaving Sacred Heart Parish in 1991 to become the Administrator of Saint Patrick Villa in Nanuet, a parish journal that was dedicated to her said, “There can hardly be a man, woman or child in our parish who has not been touched by her quiet, generous spirit. Recognizing the value of encouraging our children to develop their physical and social talents, she has been a steadfast advocate of the programs offered by the Youth Activities Council.” Sister Eileen was the Administrator at Saint Patrick Villa until 2000, and continued to live there until 2012. She then moved to the Convent of Mary the Queen, and in 2014 moved to the Kittay House in the Bronx.

Click here to visit to read testimonials from Sacred Heart Church in Staten Island, where Sr. Eileen served for 26 years.

As an educator, Sister Eileen was concerned, kind and compassionate. She enjoyed her work with both students and parents, and they found her a gentle person with a wonderful sense of humor. Her goodness carried over to all with whom she dealt, most especially to the sisters with whom she lived. She was truly a gift to all of the Sisters of Charity. We rejoice with Sister Eileen as she now comes face to face with our loving God and is reunited with her family, friends and all of the Sisters of Charity who have gone before her.

DATE OF DEATH January 6, 2015 WAKE Convent of Mary the Queen 35 Vark Street, Yonkers, NY 10701 Thursday, January 8, 2015, 2:30–8:00 pm Prayer Service 6:30 pm FUNERAL MASS Convent of Mary the Queen Friday, January 9, 2015, 11:00 am BURIAL Saint Joseph Cemetery Yonkers, NY


  • Sacred Heart 1965–1991, Principal
  • Resurrection, Rye 1945, Teacher, Gr. 5
  • St. Gregory the Great, Harrison 1960–1965, Teacher, Gr. 8
  • St. Lawrence Academy 1946–1946, Teacher, Gr. 5
  • Ss. Peter and Paul 1947–1953, Teacher, Gr. 6
  • St. Gabriel 1953–1960, Teacher, Gr. 6–8
  • St. Patrick Villa 1991–2000, Administrator

6 Responses to In Memoriam: Sister Eileen Grubert, SC

  1. James Diaz January 7, 2015 at 4:43 pm #

    Sr. Thomas was a great principal. Stern but loving and caring. May she rest in peace.

  2. Jennie Norberg January 7, 2015 at 10:04 pm #

    Sr. Thomas was a loving, kind leader, teacher, mentor, and light of Christ for so many of us children fortunate to be touched by her gentle soul. Our world was better for her having been with us! May she pray for our souls and rejoice in His eternal Love+

  3. Ann Marie McCarthy Dilluvio January 10, 2015 at 3:03 am #

    I was blessed to have Sister Thomas as a principal while attending Sacred Heart School. I am so sorry to hear of her passing. She was a blessing in so may ways! She made Sacred Heart the best school during her tenure. I graduated in 1980. In my opinion, that was the best year and class she lead. Her teachers were the best and graduated some of the greatest students from Staten Island. Her leadership was exemplary and I wish everyone was as lucky and bless as I!,
    Sacred Heart has lost another leader and it is heartbreaking! God Bless you Father Jerome!! You are thought of as highly as Sister Thomas and Msgr Quinn. Please stay safe and healthy!!]
    Ann Marie Dilluvio

  4. JOHN McCARTHY January 12, 2015 at 12:46 pm #

    I remember her fondly from my time at Sacred Heart School. May she rest in peace and God Bless her. John McCarthy Jr.

    • Jeffrey Keating February 6, 2015 at 5:45 pm #

      Jack this if Jeff Keating hope your doing well my friend. I always liked you at Sacred Heart. That was a nice post to a wonderful women.

  5. Jeffrey Keating February 6, 2015 at 5:43 pm #

    I remember Sister Thomas very well, she was always kind and treated the students with passion even when you misbehaved which I did quite often. I remember her and the other teachers like it was yesterday and I left Sacred Heart a better person because of people like Sister Thomas. God Bless her!

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