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In Memoriam
YEAR:  
2017
Sister Evelina (Roger) Pisaneschi, OSU
October 15, 1927 - September 19, 2017
Sister Evelina (Roger) Pisaneschi, O.S.U., 89, died at Nazareth Home-Clifton on Tuesday, September 19, 2017. A native of Cumberland, MD, she entered the Ursuline Sisters of Louisville in 1946.

In Louisville Sister Evelina was a teacher at St. Elizabeth School (1948-50), St. Peter Claver School (1950-1952), St. Boniface School (1953-58), Our Lady of Lourdes School (1958-63), Bellarmine-Ursuline College (1968-69) and Sacred Heart Model School (1978-79). She served as principal of: Holy Spirit School (1977-78), St. Therese School (1979-87), and St. John Vianney School (1987-91). She then was Assistant to the Director of Ursuline Campus Services until 2005 after which she volunteered her services at the Ursuline Motherhouse and at Nazareth Home-Clifton.

Sister Evelina also served in schools in Evansville, IN; Morgantown, WV, and Pittsburgh. She graduated from Ursuline College, Louisville, held a MA from The Catholic University of America, and did postgraduate work at Spalding University, Louisville, and at Carlow College, Pittsburgh.

She is survived by her sisters Janet Pisaneschi of Louisville, KY, and Pat Pisaneschi Killen (Thomas Hopkins) of Cleveland, TN, numerous nieces and nephews, as well as her community of Ursuline Sisters and Associates.

Visitation will be at the Ursuline Motherhouse, 3115 Lexington Road on Monday, September 25 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. and from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., followed by a Vigil Service at 7 p.m. The Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated on Tuesday, September 26 at 11 a.m. in the Motherhouse Chapel with burial in St. Michael Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Bosse Funeral Home.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Ursuline Sisters and mailed to the Mission Advancement Office, 3105 Lexington Road, Louisville, KY 40206.
 
Sister Louise Marie Willenbrink, OSU
June 23, 1934 - June 21, 2017
Ursuline Sister Louise Marie Willenbrink (Rita), 82, died at Baptist Health on Wednesday, June 21, 2017. Daughter of the late J. Lawrence and Mary Louise Higgins Willenbrink, she entered the Ursuline Sisters of Louisville in 1954. She was appointed assistant principal and dean of studies at Sacred Heart Academy in 1970. Sister Louise Marie was principal of Angela Merici High School from 1971 to 1978 and principal of Sacred Heart Academy from 1978 to 1988. She then served as a student counselor and faculty mentor at Sacred Heart Academy until her retirement in 2012.

Sister Louise Marie began her teaching career at Saint Francis of Assisi School in Louisville in 1957 and then taught consecutively in schools in Pittsburgh, Columbia, SC, Jackson, MS, and Morgantown, W V.

Sacred Heart Academy named her “Distinguished Alumna of the Year” in 1984, and in 2003 she was the first recipient of Sacred Heart Schools’ “Francesconi Award for Integrity.” She graduated from Saint Francis of Assisi School, Sacred Heart Academy and Ursuline College in Louisville. She earned a MA degree in English from Duquesne University, Pittsburgh in 1964 and also studied at Spalding University, Louisville; and Trinity Washington University (formerly Trinity College) in Washington, DC.

She is survived by her brother, Dick (Dottie) and sister, Ruth Gonzalez, both of Louisville, KY, and her sister, Jean Perrone of Charlotte, NC, 33 nieces and nephews, 35 great nieces and nephews, a couple of great greats , as well as her community of Ursuline Sisters and Associates.

Visitation will be at the Ursuline Motherhouse, 3115 Lexington Road, on Monday, June 26, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., followed by a Vigil Service at 7 p.m. The Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated on Tuesday, June 27 at 11 a.m. in the Motherhouse Chapel with burial in St. Michael Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Bosse Funeral Home.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Ursuline Sisters and mailed to the Mission Advancement Office, 3105 Lexington Road, Louisville, KY 40206.

 
Sister Georgine Grabenstein, OSU
January 13, 1918 - June 2, 2017
Sister Georgine Grabenstein, O.S.U., 99, died at Nazareth Home-Clifton (on Payne Street) on Friday, June 2, 2017. A native of Cumberland, MD, she entered the Ursuline Sisters of Louisville 79 years ago (in 1938).

Sister was principal at St. Francis of Assisi School, and taught at St. Elizabeth, St. George, Holy Spirit, St. Rita, Our Lady of Lourdes, and St. John Vianney parish schools and at Angela Merici High School and Sacred Heart Model School in Louisville and in schools in Omaha, Pittsburgh, and Cumberland. She served also as principal of St. Francis de Sales School in Morgantown, WV, in the late 1960s, and of St. Joseph the Worker School in Weirton, WV, from 1970 to 1975.

She was a pastoral associate at St. Leonard Parish from 1984 to 1990 and at St. Martin of Tours Parish from 1996 to 2005; was on the staff of the Ursuline Child Development Center (now Sacred Heart Pre-School) from 1990 to 1992, and then served five years as a teacher-aide at St. Joseph School, all in Louisville. From 2005 until 2011 she volunteered at St. Matthews Area Ministries and Respect Life Office.
Sister earned a Bachelor of Science in education degree from Ursuline College of Louisville and a Master of Arts in elementary administration degree from Creighton University, Omaha.

She is survived by numerous nieces and nephews, as well as her community of Ursuline Sisters and Associates.

Visitation will be at the Ursuline Motherhouse, 3115 Lexington Road, on Monday, June 5, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., followed by a Vigil Service at 7 p.m. The Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated on Tuesday, June 6 at 11 a.m. in the Motherhouse Chapel with burial in St. Michael Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Bosse Funeral Home.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Ursuline Sisters and mailed to the Mission Advancement Office, 3105 Lexington Road, Louisville, KY 40206.

 
Sister Odilia Gadlage
December 14,1923 - April 11, 2017
Sister Odilia Gadlage, 93, died on April 11, 2017, at Sacred Heart Home. A member of Holy Trinity Parish, Louisville, she entered the Ursuline Sisters of Louisville in 1949. Sister Gadlage graduated from Ursuline Academy in 1941, and earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Ursuline College (both of Louisville), and a master’s degree in special education from Cardinal Stritch College, Milwaukee.

Sister Odilia spent her entire 43 years in Catholic education in the Archdiocese of Louisville. She began at St. Vincent DePaul School in 1951 and then taught at Holy Trinity School and St. Joseph School before joining the Ursuline Special Education Learning Center (a department of Ursuline College) in 1966. She then taught from 1980 to 1984 at the Ursuline-Pitt School, served as a teacher’s aide at Holy Spirit School from 1985 to 1992 and assisted at the Ursuline Child Development Center on the Ursuline Campus until she retired in 1994.

She is survived by numerous nieces and nephews, as well as her community of Ursuline Sisters and Associates.

Visitation will be at the Ursuline Motherhouse, 3115 Lexington Road, on Monday, April 17 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., followed by a Vigil service at 7 p.m. The Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated on Tuesday, April 18 at 11 a.m. in the Motherhouse Chapel with burial in St. Michael Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Bosse Funeral Home.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Ursuline Sisters and mailed to the Mission Advancement Office, 3105 Lexington Road, Louisville, KY 40206.