Sister Jean Madeline Peake: July 22, 1915 – Oct. 23, 2014

Sr. Jean Madeline PeakeSister Jean Madeline Peake, 99, an Ursuline Sister of Mount Saint Joseph, died Oct. 23, 2014, at Mount Saint Joseph, in her 80th year of religious life. She was a native of Holy Cross, Ky.

Sister Jean Madeline was always joyful and active. An educator for 48 years, she remained beloved by many of her former students. She taught in Kentucky at St. Joseph School, Owensboro (1937-46), St. Joseph School, Central City (1946-50), Holy Name of Mary School, Calvary (1953-57) and was principal and teacher at St. Benedict School, Wax (1957-60) and St. Andrew School, Harrodsburg (1960-67). She was a teacher at St. Bartholomew School, Louisville (1967-70) and served as principal there from 1970-85. She also taught at Seven Holy Founders School, Affton, Mo., (1950-53).

From 1985-96, she was parish minister for St. Joseph Parish, Leitchfield, Ky. From 1996-2002, she served as director of the craft room at Mount Saint Joseph. After her retirement, she continued to use her gifts as a seamstress to make beautiful quilts for the support of the Ursuline community. She was the community’s oldest sister at the time of her death.

Survivors include nieces and nephews and the members of her religious community.

The funeral Mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Oct. 27, at Mount Saint Joseph, where visitation will begin Sunday 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 Jean Madeline may take the form of donations to the Ursuline Sisters of Mount Saint Joseph, 8001 Cummings Road, Maple Mount, KY 42356.


  1. Beverly Ballard

    Alas, my dear cousin is gone…I spent so many years away w/husband in the Army that I didn’t get to see her often. I still send her a card at least once a month even now…when younger the family would visit her in some of the places she taught. Always joyful and happy, loved her quilts and made friends easily…will so miss that shining smile but she’ll be with the Lord.

  2. Karen Schildknecht Terry

    Sr. Jean Madeline was such a nice, kind lady. I had her as a principal at St. Bartholomew. May she rest in peace.

  3. Mary Beth Nethery

    Sister Jean Madeline was such an amazing person and certainly made an impact on my life, while attending St. Bartholomew, and beyond. May God bless her and keep her close, as she has blessed so many people throughout her life.

  4. Linda Foster

    Sister Jean Madeline will be dearly missed. She always had a smile and was full of laughter whenever we visited her.

  5. Debbie Blandford Ludwick

    I have so many wonderful memories from when I was attending St Barth’s. She always had a warm and welcoming smile on her face. She was truly a reflection of Jesus. How many lives she touched….

  6. Fay Hoffmann

    I am so sorry to learn of Sister’s passing. She was one of the most delightful people, always happy and smiling. We will always appreciate her service to St. Bartholomew School in Louisville. She was a dear friend to me and my children. God Bless her; we will love and miss her always… Fay

  7. Minnie Zurkuhlen

    She was an amazingly caring and strong woman. She was a blessing in so many people’s lives.

  8. Sheila hinson ballard grimm

    I will miss her very much she will always be remembered I will always remember her as my principle and teacher at ST Bartholomew she tried to kept me out of trouble that was a tough job will always love her her cousin Sheila Ballard

  9. Beth Mattingly Tripp

    It’s hard to imagine the world without Sister Jean Madeline. I loved having her as my principle at St. Bartholomew. She was so caring and loving and was always smiling. Her little giggle made me giggle. Hopefully she is smiling down on all of us. May God keep her wrapped in his arms.

  10. Sister Sheila McKinley

    Please accept the condolences of your Ursuline Sisters in Chatham, Ontario on the death of Sister Jean Madeline. We rejoice with you on the gift of her life with you for many rich years of blessing and we celebrate her entrance in the eternal embrace of the God who first called her into being.

  11. Annette Skees

    My years at St. Bartholomew School teaching under Sister Jean Madeline were some of the happiest of my career. She was always encouraging and affirming to both her teachers and her students. We truly loved her!

    Just three days after her passing, one of her St. Bartholomew teachers joined her in heaven. What a comfort to know that Sister was there to welcome her!

    Godspeed, Sister Jean Madeline. We will miss you…


    When I first started coming to MOUNT Joseph, Olean Hill would be with me. She was the one who introduced me to Sister Jean Madeline. She was the most wonderful, Spirit filled Sister, I have ever met. She will always be in my prayers. I am so sorry for your loss. God let you have her for 80 of her 99 years. MAY SISTER JEAN MADELINE REST IN ETERNAL PEACE. LOVE AND PEASE TO EVERYONE AT MOUNT SAINT JOSEPH. BETTY STONE, OSUA.

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