Sister Mary Theodorine Tucker 1917-2013

Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet | Mary Theodorine Tucker | Obituary

 November 23, 1917 - April 14, 2013

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Sister Marie Theodorine Tucker who passed away on April 14 of a cerebral  vascular accident (CVA) at Nazareth Living Center in St. Louis, Mo. She was 95 years old.

Sister Marie Theodorine, baptized Mary Elizabeth, was born on November 23, 1917, to parents Theodore and Mary E. (Fitzgerald) Tucker in Kansas City, Mo. She entered the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet on September 13, 1936, and made her final profession on August 15, 1942. She received a bachelor’s degree in English from Fontbonne College in 1944 and a master’s in English literature from St. Louis University in 1949. 

Sister Marie dedicated more than 35 years of service to teaching. She began in 1939 at St. Teresa of Avila Grade School in St. Louis. She went on to teach at St. Anthony of Padua Grade School, St. Louis (1947-1949); Bishop Baraga High School, Marquette, Mich., (1949-1956); St. Anthony High School, St. Louis (1956-1959); St. Joseph's Academy High School, Green Bay, Wis., (1959-1962); and St. Teresa's Academy High School, Kansas City (1962-1976).

In 1976 she remained in Kansas City but left the classroom for a few years to serve as the director/administrator at the Redemptorist Retirement Home. Then, in 1989, she returned to education at Avila University where she served as a librarian, ESL teacher, instructor in international language and cultural programs and as a tutor.

From 1997 until her retirement in 2002, she remained in the Kansas City area working for the province's Development Office and in CSJ Care home service.

Sister Marie retired to Nazareth Living Center in 2002 where she continued to carry out her ministry of prayer and witness.

Sister Marie donated her body to St. Louis University Medical School. A Memorial Mass was held April 17at the Nazareth Living Center Chapel.

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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