Sister Mary Renee was proud of her Irish heritage and loved to dance, play cards and tell jokes. Her favorite pastime was helping people, especially children with special needs.
Ministering for 58 years, she worked in schools and parishes in Kentucky, Missouri and Indiana. She ministered at the Motherhouse as activities director for the retired sisters (1981-82) and on the archives staff (2006-08) before retiring.
Sister Mary Renee taught in Kentucky at St. Catherine School, New Haven (1950-52), St. Sebastian School, Calhoun (1952-53), St. Peter of Antioch School, Waverly (1953-60), Our Lady of Mercy School, Hodgenville (1960-63) and Immaculate Conception School, Hawesville (1963-64). She was principal at St. Teresa School, Glennonville, Mo., (1964-70), St. Joseph School, Mayfield, Ky., (1970-74), St. Ignatius School, Louisville (1974-79), St. Pius Tenth School, Owensboro, Ky., (1979-81) and at Sacred Heart School, Poplar Bluff, Mo., (1982-89). Sister Mary Renee served as pastoral minister at Saint Peter of Antioch, Waverly (1989-91), pastoral associate at Holy Angels Parish in New Harmony, Ind., (1991-96) and pastoral minister at Saint Francis deSales Parish, Lebanon, Mo. (1996-2005).
Survivors include three sisters, Ann Boarman of Boonville, Ind., Sister June Monaghan, SCN, of Nazareth, Ky., and Sister Michael Ann Monaghan of Maple Mount; two brothers, Anthony and Donald Monaghan of Central City; 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 Mary Renee may take the form of donations to the Ursuline Sisters of Mount Saint Joseph, 8001 Cummings Road, Maple Mount, KY 42356.