Sister Annalita Lancaster, Feb. 7, 1923 – Dec. 9, 2014

Lancaster, S Annalita webMaple Mount — Sister Annalita Lancaster, 91, an Ursuline Sister of Mount Saint Joseph, died Dec. 9, 2014, at Mount Saint Joseph, in her 71st year of religious life. She was a native of Vine Grove, Ky.

Sister Annalita was a tireless and cheerful leader in whatever she attempted, always keeping the spirit of Saint Angela Merici and the history of Mount Saint Joseph close to her heart. She mixed knowledge and strength with kindness and service wherever she ministered.

She taught at St. Joseph School, Raywick, Ky., (1945-47), St. John School, Plattsmouth, Neb., (1947-58), and St. James School, Louisville (1965-66). She was principal of St. Bernard High School, Clementsville, Ky., (1958-65), supervisor of the Office of Catholic Schools (1966-69) and director of the St. Angela Education Center (1969-71), both in Louisville.

Sr. Carol, AnnalitaShe was director of education at Maple Mount (1971-72), then served eight years as major superior of the Ursuline community (1972-80). She was the director of admissions at Brescia College (1980-84), associate director of the Mount Saint Joseph Retreat Center (1984-88) and the community’s first director of Mission Effectiveness (1995-2005). She was pastoral associate at St. Jude Parish in Clinton, Ky., (1988-95). She served on the community leadership Council (1997-2000), as assistant local community coordinator (2000-01), and assistant to the community archivist (2005-14).

Survivors include her sister, Emma Florence Itschner of Owensboro; her brother Patrick Joshua Lancaster of Louisville; nieces and nephews and the members of her religious community.

The funeral Mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, at Mount Saint Joseph, where visitation will begin Thursday at 4 p.m., with a wake service following at 6:30 p.m.

Glenn Funeral Home and Crematory, Owensboro, is in charge of arrangements.

Gifts in memory of Sister Annalita may take the form of donations to the Ursuline Sisters of Mount Saint Joseph, 8001 Cummings Road, Maple Mount, KY 42356.