Sister Jean Richard Stukenholtz, OSU: 1923-2012

Maple Mount — Sister Jean Richard Stukenholtz, 89, an Ursuline Sister of Mount Saint Joseph, died Sept. 8 at Mount Saint Joseph, in her 70th year of religious life.

A native of Nebraska City, Neb., she was an educator for 49 years in Kentucky, New Mexico and Nebraska.  Sister Jean Richard was a lifelong learner and a very spiritual person. She always had a smile on her face and a desire to help those in need.

She taught in Kentucky at St. Paul School, Leitchfield, 1945-46; St. Charles, Bardwell, 1946-50; St. Paul, Louisville, 1951-53; Holy Cross School, Holy Cross, 1953-55; St. Elizabeth, Curdsville, 1955; St. Anthony, Browns Valley, 1956; St. Romuald, Hardinsburg, 1956-57; St. Francis School, St. Francis, 1957-59; St. Anthony Public School, Peonia, 1972-74; and Clarkson Public School, Clarkson, 1974-77.  She also ministered at St. Columba Convent, Louisville (1944-45). In Nebraska she taught at St. John School, Plattsmouth, 1959-66, and Lourdes Elementary, Nebraska City, 1977-2004. She was the last Ursuline Sister to minister in Nebraska, a mission that began in 1918. She also taught in New Mexico at St. Rose School, Blanco, 1950-51, and Sacred Heart School, Farmington, 1966-72.

Survivors include four sisters, Rosemary Anna Nelson, Renton, Wash., Leora Kuwitzky, Seattle, Wash.; Joan Meyer, Avoca, Neb.; and Kathleen Stukenholtz, Nebraska City; and two brothers, Lou Stukenholtz, Peru, Neb.; and Carl Stukenholtz, Perry, Iowa. Also surviving are nieces and nephews, and the members of her religious community.

 The funeral Mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Mount Saint Joseph, where visitation will begin Tuesday 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 Richard Stukenholtz may take the form of donations to the Ursuline Sisters of Mount Saint Joseph, 8001 Cummings Road, Maple Mount, KY 42356.


  1. Bob Roddy, OFM Conv.

    Sr. Jean and I were distantly related. (I think that my grandmother Roddy was her great aunt.)She was an amazing human being with so much joy and so much positive energy, that one could not help feeling better by being around her. I admired how she adapted with the times and always found ways to minister to others. She will be greatly missed.

  2. Marge Sawtelle

    Sister Jean and I shared in a prayer group in NC. She was a wonderful person. May she rest in peace. Marge

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