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Alumnae obituaries

We’ve learned of the passing of the following alumnae since the Alumnae Memorial Mass on Nov. 4, 2018:

Charlotte Baumgarten C’46, age 92, died Dec. 28, 2018 at the Heartford House in Owensboro, Ky., while under the care of Hospice of Western Kentucky. She was a graduate of Webster College with a degree in English and Indiana University with graduate degrees in counseling and guidance. Charlotte was a writer for the Messenger-Inquirer, GE News, The Commonwealth magazine of the Kentucky Legislative Research Commission and WFIE-TV. For 27 years she was employed by the Owensboro Board of Education as an elementary teacher. Charlotte was a member of Immaculate Catholic Church where she was a lector and a member of the St. Vincent de Paul Society. She volunteered at Hospice, served on the Oratio Committee for the Owensboro Choral Society and sang in “The Messiah” for 40 years. Charlotte is survived by three brothers, Harry E. Baumgarten Jr. (Charlene) of Owensboro, Dr. Joseph R. Baumgarten (Martha) of Ames, Iowa, and Dr. Richard S. Baumgarten (Pat) of Stone Mountain, Ga.; 19 nieces and nephews; and many great nieces and nephews and great-great nieces and nephews.

Mary Frances Mattingly Spalding Conn C’49, age 89, died Feb. 11, 2019. Mary Frances graduated from St. Charles High School in Marion County, Ky., and earned a scholarship to Mount Saint Joseph Junior College. She earned her bachelor’s degree in education with endorsement for teaching health and physical education in June 1962 from Nazareth College in Bardstown. Mary Frances retired after teaching for 25 years. Mary Frances was an active member of Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Danville, Ky. She was an avid golfer at the Lebanon and Danville Country Club and had a personal interest in collecting antiques. Mary Frances was the widow of the late William Spalding, who died in 1950 at the age of 26, and the late Jack Conn, whom she was married to for over 40 years. She is survived by two brothers, William Simeon Mattingly of Ohio and Joseph Bryan Mattingly Jr of Louisville; and three sisters, Emma J. Miles and Mary B. Mattingly both of Louisville, and Ann Sophia Barr of LaGrange.

Mary Margaret (Stowers) Cundiff A’49, age 87, died Jan. 30, 2019. Mary was born in Sorgho, Ky., on her family’s farm, and remained in Owensboro for most of her lifetime. She was a homemaker and loving wife and mother to her husband Donald R. Cundiff and children. She is survived by sons Donald R. Cundiff Jr. (Jeri) and David A. Cundiff; daughter Diane Badstibner (Carl); six grandchildren; one step-grandson; 16 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; sisters JoAn Saalwachter and Bettie Gilles; brother Jim Stowers; and several nieces and nephews.

Kathryn Schlaug Fink A’51, age 85, died on Nov. 3, 2018. After graduating from the Academy, Kathy graduated from Nazareth School of Nursing at St. Joseph’s Infirmary in Louisville in 1955 and held a license as a registered nurse for 50 years. Kathy and her family moved to Florida in 1959 and she worked at Mercy Hospital in Miami for over 25 years. Kathy was a devoted member of St. Madeleine’s Catholic Church in High Springs and an active member of the church choir for 19 years. Kathy volunteered in local elementary schools, St. Madeleine’s Prayer Tree and Catholic Charities/ Outreach. She enjoyed reading, gardening and sewing. Kathy and her husband, Sonny Schlaug, had four children: M. Lynn Miller (Brent), Maurice Schlaug II, Beverly Bunn (Tim) and R. Jeffrey Schlaug (Johnon). She is survived by her loving husband of 34 years, Joseph H. Fink, her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, and a brother, Clinton Fentress.

Paul Joseph Knott A’46, age 90, of Sorgho, Ky., died Oct. 26, 2018 under the care of Hospice of Western Kentucky. He was born in Knottsville, Ky. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of the Korean War. He was a lifelong farmer and a member of St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church. Paul was also a member of Knights of Columbus Council No. 6101, an avid reader and enjoyed traveling to visit his children in all four time zones. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Dorothy Knott; children, Paul Joseph “Joe” Knott (Marianne) of Owensboro, Charles Ignatius Knott (Marjorie Kay) of Seattle, Wash., Karen Gildehaus (John) of Louisville, Bruce Knott (Joanne) of Seattle, Randy Knott (Nancy) of El Paso, Texas, Daniel Knott (Jill) of Seattle, Keith Knott (Julie Taylor) of Owensboro and Diana Gamber (Barry) of Louisville; sisters Mary Ruth Cecil of Owensboro and Imogene Blakeley (Joe) of Louisville; a brother, J.C. Knott (Barbara) of Owensboro; 20 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

JoAnn A. Merrick A’49, age 88, died Oct. 25, 2018, with her loving family by her side. JoAnn was a bookkeeper for Lerman Brothers in the 1950s and 1960s. JoAnn and her late husband Edward raised five children, Sharon Merrick (Boggs), Kathleen Murphy (Mike), Joe (Brenda), Thomas and Patricia. She is survived by four of the children, two grandchildren and two great grandchildren.


Sister Mary Irene Cecil, A’45, a former Maple Leaf Award winner. Read her obituary.

Sister Emma Cecilia Busam, who taught art at the Academy in 1982-83. Read her obituary.