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In memoriam: Sister Mary Jo Schulte
May 8, 2017 7:43 AM

Sister Mary Jo Schulte, OSF (77) died on Sunday, May 7, 2017 at 5:20 p.m. at St. Francis Convent, Springfield, IL.

Sister Mary Jo was born in Quincy, IL, on April 25, 1940, the daughter of Frank and Frances (Wilde) Schulte. She entered the Congregation on September 12, 1958 and professed her religious vows on September 8, 1961.

Sister Mary Jo received a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Marillac College in 1966 and a Master of Science degree in Nursing from The Catholic University of America in 1972. She served as a nurse and clinical specialist in the Psychiatric Departments at HSHS hospitals in Illinois and Wisconsin during the early years of her career. From 1981 to 1988 she served as Program Facilitator and Assistant Director at St. John’s Hospital School of Nursing, Springfield, IL. She served two terms as a Provincial Councilor for the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis from 1988 until 1995.  In 1996 until 2004 Sister Mary Jo was a nurse counselor for the Intercongregational Collaboration Project in Dubuque, IA. She returned to St. Francis Convent in 2004 and served in various volunteer ministries.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by three brothers: David F. Schulte, Stanley R. Schulte, and Frank N. Schulte.

She is survived by a brother, Mark (Judy) Schulte of Quincy, IL, Roger (Colleen) Schulte and Steve (Kathleen) Schulte of St. Peters, MO, and a sister, Sister Rose Miriam Schulte, O.P. of Alton, IL, many nieces and nephews, great nieces and great nephews, and cousins as well as her Franciscan Sisters with whom she shared her life for nearly 59 years.

Visitation will be held at St. Francis Convent from 4-7 p.m. with a Wake Service at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, May 10, 2017. The Eucharistic Celebration and Rite of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Father Dennis Koopman, OFM on Thursday, May 11, 2017 at 10 a.m. in the
St. Clare of Assisi Adoration Chapel at St. Francis Convent. Burial will be in Crucifixion Hill Cemetery.

To view her feature story from 2004, please click here.

Kirlin-Egan-Butler Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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