Sister Patricia Ann Thompson
November 28, 1937-December 18, 2018
Ursuline Sister of Louisville Sister Patricia Ann Thompson O.S.U. (formerly Sister James Marie), age 81, died at Nazareth Home-Clifton on December 18, 2018. A native of Louisville, she entered the Ursuline Sisters of Louisville in 1954. She was a graduate of Sacred Heart Academy in Louisville.
Sister Patricia Ann served at Saint Joseph Orphanage in Louisville from 1956-1957, and again from 1958-59. From 1957-58, Sister taught at Our Mother of Sorrows parish school in Louisville. She then taught at St. Elizabeth, St. Helen, and Holy Trinity parish schools in Louisville from 1959-1968.
Sister Margaret Ann (Christina) Hagan
October 22, 1946—March 9, 2018
Ursuline Sister of Louisville Sister Margaret Ann Hagan O.S.U., died at Nazareth Home-Highlands on Friday, March 9, 2018. A native of Louisville, she was 71 and had been an Ursuline Sister of Louisville since 1965.
Sister Hagan taught high school for 10 years at Holy Rosary Academy, Angela Merici High School and Sacred Heart Academy in Louisville. Following her teaching career, Sister Hagan earned a master’s degree in theological studies at St. Meinrad School of Theology in St. Meinrad, Indiana. She then ministered at St. Meinrad as director of seminarians’ field education and served as associate academic dean in the 1990s. In 2007 she became the first woman to be honored by St. Meinrad as “Distinguished Alumna of the Year.”
Sister Macrina Stermec
August 4, 1922–January 25, 2018
Sister M. Macrina Stermec O.S.U., 95, died at Nazareth Home-Clifton on Thursday, January 25, 2018. She had been an Ursuline Sister of Louisville since 1939.
Sister Macrina, a native of Conemaugh, Pa., served as a teacher in Kentucky, Maryland, Nebraska and Pennsylvania. In Louisville she taught at St. Martin of Tours (1941-1944), St. Leo (1947-1949), Holy Spirit (1953-1956), Sacred Heart Model (1961-1962) and St. Helen (1962-1963) schools, and was principal at St. Anthony School (1963-1969). She also served as an assistant in the Office of Finance of the Ursuline Sisters from 1986 to 2012.
Sister Delores (Charles Marie) Kemper, OSU
September 21, 1934 – September 30, 2017
Sister Delores (Charles Marie) Kemper, O.S.U., 83, died on Saturday, September 30, 2017, in Louisville. She was an Ursuline since 1953. Daughter of the late Mary E. Adams and Raymond C. Kemper, Sr., she graduated from St. George School and Ursuline Academy, held a Bachelor of Elementary Education degree from Ursuline College and a Masters of Arts degree from Spalding University. In 1975 she received Montessori Certification from the American Montessori Society.
Sister Delores taught for 19 years in Louisville Catholic schools: Holy Spirit (1955-56), Holy Trinity (1956-1957), St Elizabeth (1957-1960), Our Mother of Sorrows (1960-1962), St. George (1963-1967), Pope John XXIII Consolidated/St Martin and St. Augustine (1967-1971), and St. Joseph (1972-1975) and one year in Sidney, Nebraska (1962-1963). She then was a teacher and administrator at the Ursuline Montessori School from 1975 until 1994.
Sister Evelina (Roger) Pisaneschi, OSU
October 15, 1927 – September 19, 2017
Sister Evelina (Roger) Pisaneschi, O.S.U., 89, died at Nazareth Home-Clifton on Tuesday, September 19, 2017. A native of Cumberland, MD, she entered the Ursuline Sisters of Louisville in 1946.
In Louisville Sister Evelina was a teacher at St. Elizabeth School (1948-50), St. Peter Claver School (1950-1952), St. Boniface School (1953-58), Our Lady of Lourdes School (1958-63), Bellarmine-Ursuline College (1968-69) and Sacred Heart Model School (1978-79). She served as principal of: Holy Spirit School (1977-78), St. Therese School (1979-87), and St. John Vianney School (1987-91). She then was Assistant to the Director of Ursuline Campus Services until 2005 after which she volunteered her services at the Ursuline Motherhouse and at Nazareth Home-Clifton.
Sister Louise Marie Willenbrink, OSU
June 23, 1934 – June 21, 2017
Ursuline Sister Louise Marie Willenbrink (Rita), 82, died at Baptist Health on Wednesday, June 21, 2017. Daughter of the late J. Lawrence and Mary Louise Higgins Willenbrink, she entered the Ursuline Sisters of Louisville in 1954. She was appointed assistant principal and dean of studies at Sacred Heart Academy in 1970. Sister Louise Marie was principal of Angela Merici High School from 1971 to 1978 and principal of Sacred Heart Academy from 1978 to 1988. She then served as a student counselor and faculty mentor at Sacred Heart Academy until her retirement in 2012.
Sister Louise Marie began her teaching career at Saint Francis of Assisi School in Louisville in 1957 and then taught consecutively in schools in Pittsburgh, Columbia, SC, Jackson, MS, and Morgantown, WV.
Sister Georgine Grabenstein, OSU
January 13, 1918 – June 2, 2017
Sister Georgine Grabenstein, O.S.U., 99, died at Nazareth Home-Clifton (on Payne Street) on Friday, June 2, 2017. A native of Cumberland, MD, she entered the Ursuline Sisters of Louisville 79 years ago (in 1938).
Sister was principal at St. Francis of Assisi School, and taught at St. Elizabeth, St. George, Holy Spirit, St. Rita, Our Lady of Lourdes, and St. John Vianney parish schools and at Angela Merici High School and Sacred Heart Model School in Louisville and in schools in Omaha, Pittsburgh, and Cumberland. She served also as principal of St. Francis de Sales School in Morgantown, WV, in the late 1960s, and of St. Joseph the Worker School in Weirton, WV, from 1970 to 1975.
Sister Odilia Gadlage
December 14,1923 – April 11, 2017
Sister Odilia Gadlage, 93, died on April 11, 2017, at Sacred Heart Home. A member of Holy Trinity Parish, Louisville, she entered the Ursuline Sisters of Louisville in 1949. Sister Gadlage graduated from Ursuline Academy in 1941, and earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Ursuline College (both of Louisville), and a master’s degree in special education from Cardinal Stritch College, Milwaukee.
Sister Odilia spent her entire 43 years in Catholic education in the Archdiocese of Louisville. She began at St. Vincent DePaul School in 1951 and then taught at Holy Trinity School and St. Joseph School before joining the Ursuline Special Education Learning Center (a department of Ursuline College) in 1966. She then taught from 1980 to 1984 at the Ursuline-Pitt School, served as a teacher’s aide at Holy Spirit School from 1985 to 1992 and assisted at the Ursuline Child Development Center on the Ursuline Campus until she retired in 1994.
Sister Rose Ann Born
September 20, 1926 – November 28, 2016
Sister Rose Ann Born (formerly known as Sister Judith), 90, died on November 28, 2016, at Sacred Heart Home. A native of Madison, Indiana, she joined the Ursuline Sisters of Louisville in 1944.
In her 42 years as an elementary school teacher, Sister Rose Ann taught consecutively in Louisville at St. Elizabeth, St. Anthony, St. Raphael, St. Therese, St. Helen, Most Blessed Sacrament, and St. Timothy parish schools. She was also on the faculties of schools in Evansville, Indiana; Cumberland, Maryland; Jackson, Mississippi; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Columbia, South Carolina. After retiring from teaching, Sister Rose Ann ministered in Louisville as a nurse assistant at Marian Home, at the Sister Visitor Center, as assistant to the secretary of Nativity Academy at St. Boniface and in the Office of Finance of the Ursuline Sisters. She held a BA from Ursuline College, Louisville; and a MA from Duquesne University, Pittsburgh.
Sister Mary Terence Schmitt
December 29, 1919 – November 16, 2016
Sister Mary Terence Schmitt, 96, died on November 16, 2016, at Sacred Heart Home. A native of Dalton, Nebraska, she joined the Ursuline Sisters of Louisville in 1938.
In Louisville Sister Schmitt taught at Our Mother of Sorrows and St. George parish schools in the 1940s and at Ursuline Academy from 1947 to 1961. She also was on the faculties of high schools in North Platte and Sidney, NE; Cumberland, MD; Morgantown, WV; and Pittsburgh, PA. She then ministered at Ursuline Center and Friendship House in Pittsburgh and from 1997 to 2001 was a pastoral assistant at St. Luke Mission Center in Salyersville, KY.
Sister Frances Crosier
September 22, 1934 – August 21, 2016
Sister Frances Crosier, 81, died on August 21, 2016, at Sacred Heart Home. A native of Louisville, she joined the Ursuline Sisters in 1982.
Her ministries included teaching, nursing and social work. She taught at St. Pius, St. Barnabas and St. Timothy parish schools before entering the Ursuline Sisters, and at St. Helen and St. Jerome parish schools in the 1980s. She then served on the staffs of Marian Home in Louisville; Howard Community Hospital in Kokomo, IN, and at Bishop Lane Retreat Center in Rockford, IL. Upon retirement in 1994 she volunteered at Baptist East Hospital and at Jefferson Alcohol and Drug Abuse Center (JADAC) in Louisville.
Sister Rosanna Dorn
April 1, 1932 – June 19, 2016
Sister Rosanna Dorn, 84, died Sunday, June 19, 2016, at Sacred Heart Home in Louisville, KY. A native of Cumberland, MD, she entered the Ursuline Sisters of Louisville in 1951. Sister Rosanna’s 20-year teaching ministry extended from 1957 to 1977 and included: St. Francis of Assisi School from 1954 to 1957 and St. Clement School from 1961 to 1962 in the Louisville area, and schools in Madison, IN; Sidney, NE; Cumberland, MD and Columbia, SC. She transitioned into parish ministry and pastoral care of the sick in the states of Pennsylvania, Virginia and Maryland from 1988 to 2008. She was a resident of Willow Valley Senior Living in Cumberland, MD, from 2008 until her move to Louisville in 2015.
Sister Annalita Fox
March 27, 1924 – May 21, 2016
Ursuline Sister Annalita Fox, 92, died on Saturday, May 21, 2016, at Sacred Heart Home in Louisville. A native of Louisville, she entered the Ursuline Sisters in 1943. Sister Annalita graduated from St. Anthony Parish School in 1938 and from Ursuline Academy in 1942. She held a B.A. degree from Ursuline College (now Bellarmine University) and a M.A. degree from Duquesne University, both in elementary education.
Sister Annalita taught at St. Vincent de Paul, St. Elizabeth, St. George, St. Helen, Our Lady of Lourdes and St. Clement parish schools and at Sacred Heart Model School in the Louisville area between 1945 and 1986. Beginning in 1986 she assisted in the offices of Sacred Heart Academy and the former Ursuline Montessori School (now Sacred Heart Preschool). Sister Annalita also taught in schools in Evansville, IN; Cumberland, MD; Conemaugh and Pittsburgh, PA.
Sister Patricia (Marcian) Lowman
September 5, 1921 – May 3, 2016
Sister Patricia (Marcian) Lowman, 94, died on Tuesday, May 3, 2016 at Sacred Heart Home, Louisville. Born in Orangeburg, South Carolina, she entered the Ursuline Sisters of Louisville in 1940.
A well-loved teacher of history, she was four times named the Outstanding Professor of the year (1975, 1986, 1992 and 1996) at Bellarmine University. In addition she received an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters Degree from Bellarmine in 2000 and an Honorary Diploma from Sacred Heart Academy in 2013. In Louisville, Sister Pat began her teaching ministry at St. Rita School (1942- 1946) taught for seven years (1958-1965) at Sacred Heart Academy and at Ursuline College from 1965 until the faculty was merged with the faculty of Bellarmine-Ursuline College (now Bellarmine University) in 1968. She was professor of history at Bellarmine until her retirement in 1996. She also taught in Columbia, South Carolina, and in Omaha, Nebraska, in the late 1940s, early 1950s.
Sister Dorothy Frankrone
March 4, 1921 – April 7, 2016
Sister Dorothy Frankrone, OSU, 95, died on Thursday, April 7, 2016 at Sacred Heart Home, Louisville. A native of Louisville she joined the Ursuline Sisters of Louisville in 1941.
Sister Dorothy served at the Ursuline Speech Clinic as a speech therapist beginning in 1968 and then as the Director from 1973 to 1996. Between 1943 and 1968 she taught elementary grades at St. Boniface, St. George, Holy Trinity, St. Therese, St. Vincent de Paul, St. Rita and St. Joseph parish schools in Louisville and in schools in Jackson, Mississippi, and Evansville, Indiana. In the early 1970s she also was an instructor in the education department of Bellarmine College (now University).