Sister Mary Jane Ruoff, CSJ 1926-2014

Sister Mary Jane Ruoff

August 31, 1926 – February 23, 2014

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Sister Mary Jane Ruoff (S. Catherine Therese) who passed away Sunday, Feb. 23 of vascular dementia at Nazareth Living Center in St. Louis, MO. She was 87 years of age.

S. Mary Jane was born in St. Louis on August 31, 1926, to parents William Carroll and Kathryn Mabel (O’Brien) Ruoff. She entered the Sisters of St. Joseph on September 15, 1948 and made her final profession on August 15, 1956. She received a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Fontbonne College in 1948 and a master’s in elementary education from St. Louis University in 1957.

S. Mary Jane began her first 16 years of ministry teaching yesteryear’s youth at various schools throughout the United States. She started in 1951 for a few months at Nativity of Our Lord Grade School in Chicago, Ill., before moving to Little Flower Grade School in Mobile, Ala., until 1953. She returned to St. Louis and taught at Most Holy Rosary Grade School (1953-1957) and Holy Name Grade School (1957-1958).

For the next five years, S. Mary Jane spent her time on the sunny shores of Hawaii teaching at Christ the King Grade School, Kahului, Maui (1958-1959); St. Anthony Grade School, Kailua, Oahu (1959-1963) and St. Theresa Grade School, Honolulu (1963-1965).

She then came back to her hometown where she spent her last two years of teaching at St. Louis Cathedral Grade School.

In 1967, S. Mary Jane changed course and became the religious education coordinator for the St. Paul Grade and High Schools in Negaunee, Mich. A year later, she held that same position at St. Thomas the Apostle Parish in Florissant, Mo., and then again in Michigan at multi-parishes in Ishpeming from 1971-1974.

S. Mary Jane remained in Michigan for another four years as the campus minister at Michigan State University in East Lansing. In 1978, she went back to the island of Oahu in Hawaii and took on the role of religious education diocesan assistant director for the Diocesan Religious Education Office in Kaneohe.

In 1983, S. Mary Jane revisited St. Louis and was the cottage/dorm/unit supervisor at the St. Mary Special School. A year after that, she moved to the northeast portion of the states and worked as the non-handicapped assistant at L’Arche Syracuse in Syracuse, N.Y., where she remained for the next nine years.

S. Mary Jane once more returned to her native St. Louis and served at the St. Joseph Provincialate as a receptionist (1993-1994) and the hospitality coordinator (1993-1996). Then, in 1996, she became a personal assistant for the severely disabled at the YMCA Rehabilitation Center. Two years following, she retired to Nazareth Living Center.

Funeral arrangements are planned for Wednesday, Feb. 26 at Nazareth Living Center. The viewing is at 9:00 a.m., followed by Mass of the Resurrection at 10:00 a.m. She will be buried at Resurrection Cemetery.

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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