Sister Jean Magdalene Wyatt 1927-2013


May 3, 1927 - October 15, 2013

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Sister Jean Magdalen Wyatt (S. John Magdalene) who passed away on Oct. 3 of arteriosclerotic heart disease at Nazareth Living Center in St. Louis. She was 86 years old.

Sister Jean Magdalene was born on May 30, 1927, in Omaha, Neb., to John Jackson and Magdalene (Wichmann) Wyatt. She entered the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet on September 15, 1961, and made her final profession on August 6, 1969, as Sister John Magdalene. She received a bachelor’s degree in speech correction from Fontbonne College in 1966. 

Sister Jean Magdalene began teaching in the speech and language department of Fontbonne College in 1966. She served the next three years as a speech therapist in multiple schools throughout the St. Louis Archdiocese. In 1970 Sister Jean was a student at St. Louis University on the cusp of continuing education. 

Two years later, she served as secretary at both St. Louis Cathedral Grade School and Bishop Healy Grade School. She then traveled to Alaska and served as secretary to the Religion Coordinator in Fairbanks out of the Diocesan Religious Education Office in 1974.

Returning to St. Louis in 1975, Sister Jean Magdalene studied at St. Mary's Health Center for pastoral ministry and in 1976 served in this field at the old  St. Joseph Hospital in Kirkwood. She returned to St. Louis University for continued education in 1978.  Then, in 1979, she served as secretary and in speech education at St. Louis Cathedral Grade School. 

Beginning in 1982, Sister Jean Magadalene went on to serve her community as the director of volunteer services at Nazareth Convent for four years.  Afterwards, she served as secretary at Inter-Community Consultants for the next five years. In 1992, Sister Jean began her work at the St. Joseph Generalate as secretary/treasurer assistant where she remained for the next decade.

In 2003, S. Jean retired and resided at St. Joseph's Academy Convent.

Since July, S. Jean ministered in prayer and witness at Nazareth Living Center.

A Memorial Mass is set for Tuesday, Oct. 22 at 10:00 a.m. at the Nazareth Living Center Chapel, 2 Nazareth Lane, St. Louis, MO 63129.  S. Jean 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.  Donate online.

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