For many years, Salvatorian Sister Carol Marie Haag (formerly Mary Carla) was a business teacher at schools in Wisconsin, New Jersey, and Maryland. When asked what inspired her to choose the field, she said, “In working before I entered [the Congregation], I saw the lack of preparation of young women for the work world. I wanted my students to work their way up the ladder to be the most they could be.” She also used her business skills in ministry with our Congregation Generalate offices in Rome, Italy, our Province Archives, and with the National Health Institute on Aging in Baltimore, Md.
Shortly before retiring from full-time ministry in 2012, Sr. Carol Marie found her niche in a whole new area of ministry at the Milwaukee County Children’s Detention Center. For the last seven years, she served as a member of Team CDC, leading Scripture sessions for incarcerated teens. Her dedication to Team CDC mirrored a strong belief in the need to focus our Congregation’s justice efforts on teens and children.
Sr. Carol Marie went home to God on Sunday, October 21. She was 76 years old and professed 53 years. Carol Marie was born July 18, 1942 in Elyria, Ohio, eldest child of Carl and Helen (Foreman) Haag. She entered the Sisters of the Divine Savior in Milwaukee in 1962 and made first vows as Sister Mary Carla in 1965. She returned to her baptismal name before professing perpetual vows in 1971.
Sr. Carol Marie is survived by her brothers, Robert T. Haag (Susanne) and Andrew M. Haag (Mary), her sister Marilyn J. Dillon (Russell), nieces and nephews and her Salvatorian Family.
Funeral services will be held Friday, October 26 at St. Anne’s Salvatorian Campus Chapel, 3800 North 92nd Street in Milwaukee. Visitation will begin at 12:15 p.m., with a remembering service to follow at 12:45 and Mass of Christian Burial at 1:00 p.m. Burial will be on Monday, October 29 at 9:00 a.m. at Holy Cross Cemetery in Milwaukee.
Memorials to the Sisters of the Divine Savior are appreciated.