Sister Virginia was born in Kansas City, Kan., after her parents, the late Joseph and Mary Sturlich, immigrated from Austria. Sister Virginia was an Ursuline Sister of Paola before the merger of that community with Mount Saint Joseph in 2008, and ministered to the Paola community for 60 years. She enjoyed writing letters and telling jokes.
She served as infirmarian and cared for the ill and the elderly at the Ursuline Academy/Motherhouse in Paola from 1953-71, where she was often a second mother for the Academy girls. From 1971-78, she ministered in child care at the Lakemary Center, serving children and adults with developmental disabilities. From 1978 until moving to Maple Mount in 2009, Sister Virginia served in various ways at the convent, including laundry and housekeeping.
Survivors include a sister, Mary Sullivan of Overland Park, Kan., a brother-in-law, Victor Ubert, Kansas City, Kan., a niece and nephews and the members of her religious community.
The funeral Mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, May 14 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 Virginia may take the form of donations to the Ursuline Sisters of Mount Saint Joseph, 8001 Cummings Road, Maple Mount, KY 42356.
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