Sister Elizabeth Ann O'Donnell, CSJ 1930-2016


January 1, 1930 - March 7, 2016

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Sister Elizabeth Ann O'Donnell, CSJ who passed away on March 7 at Nazareth Living Center in St. Louis. She was  86 years of age.

Sister Elizabeth Ann was born on January 1, 1930, in Marquette, Michigan to parents John Patrick and Catherine (Balbierz) O'Donnell.  She entered the Sisters of St. Joseph on September 15, 1947,  was received as Sister Joseph Benedict, and made her final profession on August 15, 1953.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in education in 1957 from the College of St. Teresa (now Avila University) in Kansas City and a master's in biology form  Central Michigan State in 1964. 

For nearly 30 years, Sister Elizabeth Ann taught on the elementary and high school level. She began teaching grade school in St. Louis at St. Margaret of Scotland (1950-1952) and Nativity of Our Lord (1952-1955). In Kansas City, she taught primary grades at Assumption (1955-1958), and concluded her service in elementary teaching at Immacolata in St. Louis (1958-1959).

Sister Elizabeth taught the next 20 years on the high school level at St. Francis de Sales in Denver (1959 to 1965), Bishop Baraga in Marquette (1966-1968), St. Thomas Aquinas in Florrisant, Missouri (1968-1969), and finally at St. Joseph's Academy in Green Bay (1969-1979).

The next 27 years, Sister Elizabeth Ann served in nursing. She began as a nurse aide at St. Joseph Hospital (now St. Clare's in Fenton)  from 1979 to 1980. Returning to school at St. Louis Community College Meramac, she received her associate in nursing degree in 1982. For the next 13 years, Sister Elizabeth Ann served at Nazareth Living Center as head nurse (1983-1992), as the food service supervisor (1992 to 19944) and as the purchasing manager from (1994-1995).

Sister Elizabeth Ann's last active ministry was  in-patient home care. Sister served with CSJ Care until 2006 when she retired.  Since then she ministered in prayer and presence at Nazareth Living Center in St. Louis.

A Memorial Mass will be held on March 14 at Nazareth Living Center. Sister Elizabeth Ann donated her body to science.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, St. Louis Province, 6400 Minnesota Ave., St. Louis, MO 63111-2899. Donate online.

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