S. Regina Catherine Brandt 1910-2012

Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet | Sister Regina Catherine Brandt | Obituary

March 6, 1910 - July 12, 2012

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Sister Regina Catherine Brandt who passed away on July 12 of heart disease at Nazareth Living Center in St. Louis. She was 102 years old.

S. Regina Catherine was born on March 6, 1910, in St. Louis, Mo., to William and Catherine (Schmidtner) Brandt. On Sept. 8, 1930, S. Regina entered the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet. She made her final vows on Aug. 15, 1936. S. Regina Catherine received a bachelor’s degree in education from Fontbonne College (now University) in St. Louis and, in 1963, a master's in secondary education administration from St. Louis University.

S. Regina Catherine began her 30+ year career in education teaching at Sacred Heart Grade School in Indianapolis in 1933. She spent most of her years in ministry in her beloved Hawaii as teacher and administrator at St. Joseph Grade School in Waipahu, Oahu; St. Anthony Grade School in Kailua, Oahu; and St. Theresa Grade School in Honolulu. After nearly 25 years in Hawaii schools, S. Regina Catherine worked as an education consultant/associate superintendent at the Catholic School Department in Honolulu.

Notably, S. Regina Catherine was teaching at St. Theresa’s during Pearl Harbor, and she shared her first-hand accounts many times over the years. 

December 7, 1941, was my turn to stay home. I had checked all the names in the classrooms and was taking the boys in rank to church for Mass. I had all the boys and another sister had all the girls. We were running late so I was trying to hurry the boys along but they kept stopping to look up at a plane. They kept saying 'Sister, one bomber, one bomber.' I looked up and the plane was flying so low that I could see the pilot's face. I often wonder if he might not have been the man who gave orders to start the bombing because we just got in the door of the church when the most deafening noise you can imagine began. Read more.

S. Regina Catherine returned to the states in 1967 as a principal and teacher at St. Vincent Grade School in Los Angeles. Back home in St. Louis in 1968, Sister Regina Catherine taught at St. Anthony of Padua Grade School. She also served as convent administrator there, a job she returned to in 1985. She spent five years working in the Sisters of St. Joseph Provincial House as in data and personnel. In the 1970s and 80s, she was a staff member at two houses of prayer in the St. Louis area as well.

S. Regina Catherine retired in 1992 to Nazareth Living Center, where she spent the last 20 years ministering in prayer and witness.

Funeral arrangements are planned for Monday, July 16 at the Nazareth Living Center Chapel, 2 Nazareth Lane, St. Louis, MO 63129. The wake is at 9:00 a.m. followed by the funeral Mass at 10:00 a.m. Burial will be at Resurrection Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, St. Louis Province, 6400 Minnesota Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63111. Donate online.


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