Sister Mary Judith Osthoff, OSU, Nov. 9, 1926-July 10, 2017

Maple Mount — Sister Mary Judith Osthoff, 90, an Ursuline Sister of Mount Saint Joseph, died July 10, 2017, at Mount Saint Joseph, in her 68th year of religious life. She was a native of Lenora, Kan.

Sister Judith was an Ursuline Sister of Paola, Kan., prior to the merger with that community and Mount Saint Joseph in 2008. All of her ministry was in Kansas. She was a teacher for more than 30 years, then began delivering produce to needy families. She also did embroidery crafts for sale to support her community.

She taught at St. Agnes School, Roeland Park; East Scipio School, Garnett; Holy Name School, Kansas City; Queen of the Holy Rosary School, Overland Park: Holy Rosary-Wea School, Bucyrus: Grainfield CCD, Grainfield; Holy Angels, Longfellow and Greeley Schools for title I reading; Camp Ursuline, Paola; Holy Trinity School, Paola; Sacred Heart School, Bonner Springs; and Holy Cross School, Overland Park. 

She ministered as a census taker at St. Theresa Parish, Kansas City; on the night shift at Lakemary Center, Paola; as a helper at Monica Hall, Paola; as a preschool assistant at a daycare center, Paola; as a helper for the homeless at Shalom House, Kansas City; and as a driver at the Ursuline motherhouse. Since her retirement in 1992, Sister Judith has actively served in prayer ministry. She moved to Maple Mount in 2009.

Survivors include a sister, Pat Ferguson of Shawnee, Kan., nieces and nephews and the members of her religious community.

The funeral Mass is at 10:45 a.m. Friday, July 14, at Mount Saint Joseph, where visitation begins Thursday at 4 p.m., with a wake service at 6 p.m.

Glenn Funeral Home and Crematory, Owensboro, is handling arrangements.

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


  1. Patty Baldwin

    I always knew Sr. Judith Ostihoff as a quiet soul but her her life spoke volumes. What a joy to rejoice in her life!

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