Sister Michael Marie Friedman, OSU: Oct. 1, 1946-Sept. 12, 2022

Sister Michael Marie Friedman, 75, an Ursuline Sister of Mount Saint Joseph, died Sept. 12, 2022, at Mount Saint Joseph, in her 57th year of religious life. She was a native of Glennonville, Mo.

Sister Michael Marie followed in the footsteps of her Ursuline teachers from elementary school, devoting 45 years as an educator before serving in outreach ministry. All of her ministry was in Kentucky. She was a 1964 graduate of Mount Saint Joseph Academy, and in 2013, she was honored by the alumnae with the Maple Leaf Award. She earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Brescia College in 1969, and a master’s degree in education from Murray State University in 1978.

She taught at Mary Carrico School, Knottsville (1969-72) and St. Mary High School, Paducah (1981-85). She was principal at St. Paul School, Princeton (1972-73), St. Alphonsus School, St. Joseph (1973-75), St. Romuald School, Hardinsburg (1975-81), St. Mary Elementary School, Paducah (1985-89), Owensboro Catholic Middle School (1989-90) and St. James Catholic Regional School, Elizabethtown (1990-2015). She served in pastoral outreach in Livingston County from 2015-21. She served as information receptionist and daily annalist at the Motherhouse (2021-22).

Survivors include the members of her religious community and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Michael and Johanna Friedman, and her siblings Vincent Friedman, Patricia Howell and Richard Friedman.

The funeral Mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Mount Saint Joseph, where visitation will begin Thursday at 4 p.m., followed by the rosary and praying the litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary at 6:30 p.m.

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

Donations in memory of Sister Michael Marie may be made to the Ursuline Sisters of Mount Saint Joseph, 8001 Cummings Road, Maple Mount, KY 42356.


  1. Joey Brown

    So sorry to hear of Sr. Michael Marie’s passing. I didn’t know her well, but I do know that she was a worthy successor to my dad, James H. Brown, as principal of St. James School in Elizabethtown. He passed away June 1 of this year. Sr. Michael Marie was beloved. I know she was heartbroken about being run out of the parish by St. James’s former pastor, Fr. Martin Linebach, to make way for the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia. St. James School hasn’t been the same since. Sr. Michael Marie will certainly be missed by those who knew and loved her. My condolences to her fellow sisters and others she leaves behind. 💝

  2. Rose Brandenburg

    I am saddened and so sorry to hear of Sister Michael Marie’s death. She was my classmate at MSJ and we were in the novitiate together as well!

  3. Jackie Hopper

    I am so sad to learn of Sister Michael Marie’s death. I knew her from St. Mary in Paducah. She was a wonderful soul and loved by all. Fly high Michael Marie! May she rest in peace.

  4. Joey Gedling

    In our lives we meet some that come and go without truly affecting who we are. This was not the case here. She set the bar to reach for, and also helped you to believe in yourself enough to know you can reach that goal. That type individual lives on in every person she inspired! Her smile will be missed but not forgotten.

  5. Pat Howell

    Rest in peace Sr Michael Marie. I had the privilege of living with her for 2 years at St. Romuald’s. She was so loved by all the kids in both the grade and high schools because she was always actievly involved in their lives. I remeber her many hours down in the Home Ec room cooking up something and attending every ballgame.
    My nieces and nephews attendeed St James in E-town and they always told me that Sr Michael Marie was their favorite principal because she showed them how much she loved everyone of the fanilies of St James. She took a special interest in getting to know them.
    I am the OTHER PATRICIA HOWELL in her life and will always remember her spirit of wiilingness to do anything to makeothers feel welcome and important.
    Thank you Michael and may you enjory eternaly life with your God.

  6. Annie Mae Kingston

    I am so sorry to hear of Sr. Michael’s death. I worked along side her in the FFY program at St Pius X in Calvet City and really enjoyed her company and advise. She was a dedicated teacher and a generous kind friend. May she rest in peace in the arms of her Jesus.

  7. Keith Durbin

    I am a member of the St. Mary High School class of 1985 and Sr. Michael Marie was our class advisor/counselor/advocate for our high school career. I am so saddened by this loss, as are the many classmates who’ve been texting memories since we heard this news. Rest in peace!

  8. Shannon McCullough

    Rest in Peace, Sister Michael Marie. My mother, Margaret Polin, worked as RE director at St. James Church for years and built a close working relationship and friendship with Sister. My kids went 9 years each to St. James School and we all loved her. She helped kids to believe they could achieve anything and made them want to do it. She taught them to be Peace Builders and then held them to that standard. She was what made SJS the best school in our region. I absolutely hated to see her go. I’m glad she no longer has to deal with MS … she was such a strong woman.

  9. Tracey Martin

    I’m truly blessed to have known Sister Michael Marie. When asking her to pray for myself or my family.. I always felt the comfort in knowing that her prayers would reach God’s throne. Sister was such a wonderful person, leader, supporter, prayer warrior, she will forever live in my heart. Rest in peace my dear friend.

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