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Sr. Mary Charlotte Kavanaugh, OSB, 98, Ferdinand

SisterSister Mary Charlotte Kavanaugh, 98, of the Sisters of St. Benedict of Ferdinand, died Friday (August 29) in the monastery’s Hildegard Health Center.
She was born in Cannelsburg March 16, 1916, the 10th of 11 children born to John and Mary (O’Connor) Kavanaugh. She entered the Sisters of St. Benedict in 1934 and made her profession of monastic vows in 1936.

In 1937, she began her 63-year career in areas of education, including religious education and administration. She taught and supervised student teachers at St. Benedict College in Ferdinand and also taught at St. Ferdinand Grade School, St. Benedict in Evansville, and St. Mary’s in Washington. She served as a consultant and supervisor for schools in the Evansville Diocese and was editor of Mine, a national religious education magazine. From 1972 to 1995, she served as director and teacher of religious education at the U.S. Army base in Fort Rucker, Alabama. She was director of religious education at parishes in Siberia, Ferdinand, and Schnellville and served in the ministry of prayer since 2003.

She is survived by one sister, Rose Kavanaugh, Beech Grove; nieces and nephews; and members of her religious community.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Catherine Kavanaugh and Sister Bernice; and seven brothers, Frank, Timothy, Vincent, Harry, Bernard, Louis, and Albert Kavanaugh.

Visitation from 2-6:45p.m. Monday and from 2-4:15 Tuedsay at the monastery. A wake service at 7 p.m. Monday. A funeral mass at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday in the monastery church, followed by burial in the monastery cemetery. Becher Funeral Home in Ferdinand is in charge of the arrangements.

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