Sr. Paula Mary Aumen
07/30/1923 - 07/13/2020

Sister Paula Mary Aumen, 96, a member of the Institute of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, died at Mercy Center, Dallas, PA on Monday, July 13, 2020.  Born July 30, 1923 in York, she was baptized Rita Theresa Aumen and was the daughter of the late Bernard F. and Bertha (Smith) Aumen.  Sister Paula Mary graduated from St. Mary’s High School in Wilkes-Barre and received a degree in Elementary Education from Misericordia University and her Masters degree from the University of Scranton. She entered the Sisters of Mercy in Dallas on September 8, 1943 and professed her vows March 12, 1946.  During her years in Ministry, Sister taught in the Dioceses of Harrisburg, Pittsburgh and Altoona-Johnstown. Sister’s years at Immaculate Conception Parish, New Oxford and St. Vincent Parish, Hanover were years she truly cherished. Those years of ministry provided sister the opportunity to share time with her family who lived nearby. In 2013, Sister returned home to Mercy Center-Dallas where she shared her gifts of organization and hospitality in the Library. Sister was an active member in the Prayer Ministry and continued to remember family and friends in daily prayer. Sister Paula Mary’s passing is a great loss to all who knew her. Sister listened intently to the joys and sorrows of many and always offered encouragement and words of comfort. She was a deeply spiritual person whose faith and acceptance of life’s twists and turns strengthened her for her years of service.  Surviving are four siblings, Thomas Aumen (Brigitta) of Hamilton, OH, Bertha Kuhn of Abbottstown, Charlotte Hull of New Salem and Adrian Aumen (Leslie) of Spring Grove; two sisters in law, Margaret and Nancy Aumen; her Sisters of Mercy and numerous nieces and nephews whom she dearly loved. She was preceded in death by six siblings, Bernard F. Aumen Jr. (Bernadette), Rev. Paul J. Aumen, CPPS, Estella Gebhart (Regis), Philip Aumen, Terry DelRosso and Lawrence Aumen and John Kuhn.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:00 a.m. Saturday, July 18, 2020 at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, Hanover with her cousin Rev. Joseph Gotwalt as celebrant. Burial will follow in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Hanover. Friends and relatives will be received on Friday from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Murphy Funeral Home, 501 Ridge Ave, McSherrystown with the rosary recited at 8:00 p.m.  Due to the COVID-19 restrictions, the mass will be livestreamed from the St. Vincent church facebook page. (facebook@stdepaul) and the committal service at the cemetery on the Murphy Funeral Home facebook page.  Contributions in memory of Sister Paula Mary may be made to Sisters of Mercy, Mercy Center, Dallas, PA 18612.


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Posted at:07/14/2020 8:08 pm
Victoria Aumen-Bair
May you rest in peace Sister Paula. You will always have a special place in my heart. Love you Vicki

Posted at:07/15/2020 8:08 pm
Wendy Geiman
Sister was a wonderful person and a great inspiration. She is the reason I became a teacher. She touched many people and will be greatly missed.

Posted at:07/15/2020 10:10 pm
Fr. Timothy Marcoe
Rest in eternal peace, dear Sr. Paula Mary.

Posted at:07/16/2020 12:12 pm
Laura Jones
Sister Paula Mary was my teacher in 6th grade at Immaculate Conception In New Oxford. She was a gem. Kind & considerate - she made Immaculate Conception bearable for the year I was there. I feel blessed to have known her, ever so briefly.

Posted at:07/16/2020 2:02 pm
Sister Paula Mary
Sister will be xtremely missef.She was a strong promotor of thr Rosary and was so consoling withe people in their last days of life befor going home to our father in Heave. God Bless you Sister Paula for all you gave to our family. Helena Lawrence Glass

Posted at:07/16/2020 4:04 pm
Rick Kuhn
Sister Paula was dear to my heart and always an inspiration of faith in my life. She was very instrumental in starting my life as a musician as I traveled from Cleveland, Oh to Butler, Pa to perform with her all guitar band as an elementary student. Great days back then and many other memories. She will be truely missed and always in our prayers.

Posted at:07/17/2020 11:11 am
Vita Iocco
Sr. Paula was a good friend to my mother. Whenever Sr. Paula would visit they would have their chat and pray together. She always had a smile and kind words to say to me. There are very few people in the world today who could fill her shoes. She will be missed. Our deepest condolences to the Aumen family.

Posted at:07/18/2020 9:09 am
Mary Frances Carbaugh
I knew Sister Paula as my 6th grade music and religion teacher at Immaculate Conception and as a family friend. I also briefly took guitar lessons from her. I was too young then to appreciate the remarkable woman she was. I am grateful to her for her live of service to humanity, especially the young. Condolences to her family and fellow sisters.

Posted at:07/18/2020 11:11 am
Thomas Aumen
Sister you will be greatly missed. I was your charge growing up. I love you and miss you. Tommy

Posted at:07/18/2020 2:02 pm
Virginia MacAvoy
Sister Paula Mary was a comfort to my parents when she would visit and pray with them in their later years. She had such a sweet smile and a disposition to match. My condolences to Bertie and all the family as they mourn their loss. She was an inspiration and a woman of great faith. May she rest in peace.

Posted at:07/30/2020 2:02 pm
Elaine Gilbert
Our sympathy to the Aumen family. Sister Paula was a dear friend of our family, always interested in what everyone was doing when she returned to visit the New Oxford area. She did a great job of running the religious education program at ICS for many years where both Mom and I taught classes. Martha Klinger and Elaine Gilbert

Posted at:08/09/2020 7:07 pm
Fr. John Dillon Dillon
Sr. Paula Mary was a beloved first grade teacher at St. Paul School in Butler in the late 1950s. May she rest in peace!

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