Terre Haute

STEWART, Sister Mary Sep 25, 1927 – Apr 20, 2019

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Sister Mary Jo Stewart died on April 20, 2019, in Lourdes Hall, St. Mary-of-the-Woods. She was born on Sept. 25, 1927, in Terre Haute, Ind., to Frank and Josephine Bohnert Stewart. She attended St. Ann Elementary School and, for her freshman year, Central Catholic High School, but completed high school at Providence Juniorate, at St. Mary-of-the-Woods.
Sister Mary Jo entered the Congregation of the Sisters of Providence on January 8, 1945, and was given the name Sister Joseph Maureen. She professed Final Vows Aug. 15, 1952. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College and an LPN degree from Indiana Vocational Technical School. Of her 74 years as a Sister of Providence, she ministered as teacher for 25 years in schools in Indiana, Illinois and California. Having earned her LPN, she ministered 23 years in health care both at the motherhouse and in California. Moving to Holly Springs, Miss., in 1986, she gave 15 more years of nursing service with the Sacred Heart Southern Missions. She returned to the motherhouse in 2002 and continued to serve as a volunteer both at St. Ann Clinic, now Wabash Valley Health Center, and at Providence Health Care. She was actively engaged with her sisters until a few months before her death.
Sister Mary Jo was a woman of deep compassion. Both in her teaching and in her nursing, she gave loving service, especially to those most in need. She was a loyal friend to many, her sisters, family members and friends.
Sister is survived by nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by two brothers, Marvin Stewart and Henry Stewart. The wake is in the Church of the Immaculate Conception on Friday, April 26, beginning at 9 a.m., with the commentary at 11 a.m. The mass of Christian burial, with the Reverend Daniel R. Hopcus presiding, will immediately follow the commentary. Burial is in the cemetery of the Sisters of Providence. The DeBaun Funeral Homes and Crematory assisted with arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to the Sisters of Providence, 1 Sisters of Providence, St. Mary-of-the-Woods, IN 47876.

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