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.
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.
- 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