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Obituary - September 2016

The Northern Cross - September 2016

Benedictine Sister Jean (Donna Marie) Maher, 73

Sister Jean Maher, 73, died on July 26 at St. Scholastica Monastery in Duluth.

Jean Marie was born in Chicago on Sep. 13, 1942. She entered the Benedictine community on Sept. 8, 1960, and celebrated her golden jubilee of profession in July 2012. Sister Jean’s ministries included teaching both grade school and high school, pastoral ministry, campus ministry, director of McCabe Renewal Center, retreat work, spiritual direction and service in community leadership in Duluth and at St. Scholastica Monastery.

Sister Jean graduated with a bachelor’s degree in education from the College of St. Scholastica and went on to complete a master’s degree in religious studies at Mundelein College in Chicago, a master’s degree in applied theology at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, Calif., and a doctorate in spiritual direction at the Graduate Theological Foundation, Donaldson, Ind. Sister Jean lit up lives with her joyful presence, generous loving spirit and deep faith. She was a woman who celebrated life to the full.

She was preceded in death by her beloved parents, Dorothea (Callahan) and Jack Maher. She is survived by her devoted brother Philip, her cherished nieces Kathleen, Julie and Christina, nephew Philip, and dear great nephews and great nieces. She is also survived by her extended community of many friends and her Benedictine sisters.

Mass of Christian Burial was held on Saturday, July 30, at Our Lady Queen of Peace Chapel at St. Scholastica Monastery. Memorials to St. Scholastica Monastery are preferred.

Benedictine Sister Jane Casey, 89

Sister Jane Casey died July 28 at St. Scholastica Monastery. She was born on Aug. 6, 1926, to James and Mary Jane (Kelly) Casey in Duluth. She was in her 70th year of monastic profession. The oldest of five children, Jane was raised in a devout Catholic family, where her parents daily blessed their children with holy water before they left for school, played outside and went to bed. Jane knew by the time she was 12 that she would be a sister. After graduating from Cathedral High School in 1944, she entered the Duluth Benedictine Community in the fall.

She professed her perpetual vows on July 11, 1950, celebrated her silver jubilee in 1972, her golden jubilee in 1996 and her diamond jubilee on July 9, 2016. Sister earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education at the College of St. Scholastica and her master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from the University of Minnesota Duluth.

Sister Jane found her 47 years of teaching in many Catholic elementary schools a happy and rewarding endeavor. Her teaching ministry took her to Minnesota schools in Duluth, Virginia, International Falls, Hibbing and Minneapolis, as well as to Chicago and Cincinnati. She never tired of delighting in her young pupils, nor they in her. She retired in 1997 and was given an opportunity to travel to Lourdes and to Rome. When she returned, she became a companion and assistant to the sister sacristan at St. Ann’s Senior Residence. Being blessed with good health, boundless energy and a passion for sharing the love of Christ to all, she joined another sister in her ministry on Central Hillside, working out of St. Mary Star of the Sea Church. She visited seniors and the homebound in high rises and homes in the area and brought Holy Communion to them, as well as interacting with the residents at St. Ann’s. In 2008, sister returned to the monastery to live out her days attending to the needs of others in prayer, deed and heart.

Sister Jane was preceded in death by her parents, her brothers James and Thomas, and her sister Georgia Barr. Besides the sisters of St. Scholastica Monastery, she is survived by her sister Terese Perich, many nieces, nephews and friends.

Mass of Christian Burial was held Tuesday, Aug. 2, Father Brian Schultz, presiding. Burial was at Gethsemane Cemetery. Memorials to St. Scholastica Monastery are preferred.