SOLARI, MARY

SOLARI, Sister Mary Agnes, a Sister of Mercy for 70 years, departed this life June 11, 2019, in Sacred Heart Convent, Belmont, N.C. She was born in Richmond, Virginia, the youngest of four children. Her parents, Frank Solari and Agnes Feeney Solari; and her sisters, Jean and Mary, preceded her in death. She is survived by her brother, Frank Solari and sister-in-law, Joan; 15 nieces and nephews and several great-nieces and nephews. She is the cousin of Abbot Placid Solari, OSB of Belmont Abbey and Fr. James Solari, Chaplain at Maryfield, High Point, North Carolina. In 1949, she entered the Sisters of Mercy with 11 other young women. This was the beginning of the now famous 49ers. Thus began her 70 years of commitment to religious life, a life of prayer, ministry and not to be overlooked, a time of companionship interspersed with joy. She graduated from St. Gertrude's High School in Richmond and earned her baccalaureate degree from Belmont Abbey College and her master's degree in Education and Supervision from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. Sister was a well known and popular teacher at St. Patrick's School, Charlotte, St. Michael's in Gastonia, St. Mary's in Wilmington and Our Lady of Lourdes, Raleigh. She was Principal in the Charlotte, Raleigh and Asheville schools. Completing years of teaching, she attended Seattle University in Washington, to prepare for an extended ministry. In 1979, she worked in campus ministry in the University of North Carolina Charlotte and Central Piedmont Community College. Her commitment to teaching continued and she tutored students at the Evelyn Mack Day School in Charlotte. Her service to the Sisters of Mercy included her time as Director of Formation and Novices. She was also was named a trustee of Sacred Heart College, Belmont, North Carolina. Sister Mary Agnes was known and cherished for her sense of humor. She brought joy and surprises to her settings and friends. She could sing and play the violin. She loved animals of all kinds, except bugs. She was famous for her pet pig. One year, she was given a baby pig by her pastor, not realizing the pig would grow. The pig enjoyed convent living until the time came for him to be given to a farmer where he would have pig peers. This little pig, that grew to be a big pig brought, among other things, many laughs and a sweet memory of Agnes. Her motto in religious life is "What is This To Eternity?" She wrote her meaning of this - "In bad times-with help, we can get through it-don't give up. In good times-don't get too caught up that you lose sight of what's important." The sharing of memories will be Friday, June 14, 2019, at 6 p.m. The Mass of the Resurrection will be Saturday, June 15, 2019, at 10:30 a.m. at Sacred Heart Chapel, Belmont, N.C. Burial will be in Belmont Abbey cemetery. Memorials may be sent to the Sisters of Mercy, 500 Sacred Heart Circle, Belmont, N.C. 281012. Arrangements are made by McLean Funeral Home, Belmont.

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