Maple Mount — Sister Joan Walz, 86, an Ursuline Sister of Mount Saint Joseph, died July 5, 2017, in Owensboro, Ky., in her 67th year of religious life. She was a native of Hawesville, Ky. Her former religious name was Sister Joan of Arc.
Sister Joan was a compassionate, hard-working and selfless person. She always knew when someone needed her to listen or to share her wonderful sense of humor.
She was a teacher at St. Paul School, Leitchfield, Ky., (1952-53), St. Benedict School, Wax, Ky., (1953-55), St. Mary School in Nebraska City, Neb., (1955-57), Mount Saint Joseph Academy (1965-69) and Trinity High School, Whitesville, Ky., (1969-73). She was principal of St. Joseph School in Paul, Neb., (1957-61), Immaculate Conception High School in Earlington, Ky., (1961-62) and St. Joseph High School, Mayfield, Ky., (1962-65). She was director of retirement at Maple Mount from 1973-88, and served on the community’s Leadership Council from 1980-88, the last four years as assistant superior. She worked as a nurse at Baptist East Hospital, Louisville (1991-93) and at Maple Mount (1993-99). She ministered in outreach at Sacred Heart Parish, Hickman, Ky. (1999-2004), and as an apostolic minister and outreach minister at St. Mary of the Woods Parish, McQuady, Ky., and St. Anthony Parish, Axtel, Ky. (2004-2016). She retired to the Motherhouse in 2016 and was devoted to prayer.
Survivors include a sister, Dorothy Jackson of Owensboro, and a brother, George (Nancy) Walz, of Harned, Ky.; nieces and nephews and the members of her religious community.
The funeral Mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, July 10, 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 handling arrangements.
Gifts in memory of Sister Joan may take the form of donations to the Ursuline Sisters of Mount Saint Joseph, 8001 Cummings Road, Maple Mount, KY 42356.