Sister Elaine Byrne, OSU

Sister Elaine Byrne, 65, an Ursuline Sister of Mount Saint Joseph, died Jan. 20 at Mount Saint Joseph, in her 47th year of religious life. She was a native of Curdsville.

Sister Elaine was a creative and talented teacher and liturgy planner, and much loved by her students, friends and family.

Sister Elaine was a teacher at Mother of Good Counsel School in Louisville (1973-74) and Trinity High School in Whitesville, Ky. (1977-78); teacher and principal at St. Paul School, Leitchfield, Ky., (1969-73), St. Teresa School, Glennonville, Mo., (1974-77) and St. Peter of Alcantara, Stanley, Ky., (1978-81); and principal at St. Romuald High School, Hardinsburg, (1981-83). She was coordinator of religious education at St. Romuald from 1983-88 and served in community vocation ministry (1991-98). She served as a pastoral associate in the Kentucky parishes of St. Mary, LaCenter (1988-94), St. Charles, Bardwell (1988-89), St. Francis DeSales, Paducah (1989-92), Precious Blood, Owensboro (1997-98), St. Thomas More, Paducah (2006-07) and St. Jerome, Fancy Farm (2009-2011). She was the campus minister at the St. Thomas Aquinas Newman Center in Bowling Green (1998-2006), and coordinator of liturgy and spiritual formation there (2007-09).

Survivors include two sisters, Margie Rode of Whiteland, Ind., and Mary Lou Payne of Philpot; three brothers, J.L. Byrne, Tony Byrne and Eddie Byrne, all of Owensboro, and a sister-in-law, Barbara Byrne, of Owensboro; nieces and nephews and the members of her religious community.

The funeral Mass was held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 24 at Mount Saint Joseph, where visitation began Monday 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 Elaine may take the form of donations to the Ursuline Sisters of Mount Saint Joseph, 8001 Cummings Road, Maple Mount, KY 42356.

Wake Reflection located on page 2.


  1. Marie Ballard Blumeier (Class of 1964)

    I was very saddened today when I learned of Sister Elaine’s death. I went to school at the Mount with her. However, the only class I attended with her was Music. I still remember her sitting beside me when St. Marita Greenwell would teach us. We were both in the alto group. I was having a great deal of trouble with my hearing and Elaine would help me with the similar sounds. She never judged me like others and was always very gracious to me. When I received the booklet today, in the mail, I noticed there was a web site that had been updated. My first thought was to contact Elaine since I hadn’t over the years. How sad I was when toward the end I saw her picture and the article stating she had passed away. I have always carried her in my heart not reallyy understanding why. I only assume she made a great impression on me with her fun, loving attitude. I am sorry I didn’t have the opportunity to share this with her.

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