Sister Mary Martin, F. D. C. (Dorothy Eva Kosik)
Born February 27, 1931 South Bend, IN
Died December 25, 2013 Staten Island, NY
Dorothy Kosik was born to Aloysius and Clara Kosik. Dorothy was the youngest of four siblings. When she got to know the Daughters of Divine Charity at her home parish of St. Stephen’s in South Bend, she had a dream to one day be a sister. So she left South Bend for Staten Island where, after completing the necessary processes of early religious life, she was given the name Sister Mary Martin, F.D.C. After professing her vows, she eventually earned her Bachelors Degree in education from DePaul University in Chicago.
Sister Martin began teaching in Trenton, NJ at St. Stephen’s School in the early fifties. Over the years she taught Kindergarten through 4th Grade in New Jersey, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan and Ohio. She also taught religion to many students in CCD Programs throughout many of the same states. She loved her students and the people in the parishes she got to know over the years. She always tried to get to know her students and their needs. She was also the Superior at Corpus Christi Convent in South Bend later in her life.
Twice during her religious life she was stationed at St. Mary’s Residence in Detroit, MI where she helped care for the residents there. She was a delegate to the Congregation’s General Chapter in Rome and a representative of the Formation Team of her Province at an International Formation Meeting in Rome, where she had an audience with Pope John Paul II.
Finally in February of 2011 she moved back to Staten Island and was a member of the community at St. Joseph Hill Convent until her death. The Sisters loved having her there as she was a positive influence to the Community. Sister Martin enjoyed life, was fun loving and liked to knit and to do puzzles. Sister often expressed her happiness as a Daughter of Divine Charity, and died surrounded by the sisters she loved.
Sister Martin is survived by her three siblings, Genevieve (Jean) Beitler of South Bend, John Kosik, also of South Bend, and Helen O’Loughlin, of Sacramento, California. She is also remembered by many loving nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family, and the countless people whose lives were made better for having her in them.
God Bless you, Sister. Rest in the peace of Our Lord.