Loretta VonRueden

Dates

July 18, 1929 - November 3, 2020

Obituary

Sister Loretta VonRueden, 91, of Mitchell, SD, died Tuesday, November 3, 2020 at her home under hospice care. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 AM Monday, November 9, at Holy Spirit Catholic church in Mitchell. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery in Mitchell. Visitation will be from 3-6:00 PM Sunday at the Church with a 5:30 PM scripture service. Arrangements by Bittner Funeral Chapel.

A live-stream of the funeral service may be viewed at: https://fb.me/e/1R6Fx1PYl

SISTER M. LORETTA VON RUEDEN, OSF: Sr. Loretta was born 7-18-29 in Reynolds, ND to Loretta (Mennehan) VonReuden and Jerome VonRueden.  She graduated from St. Francis Academy, Hankinson, ND.  Sr. Loretta made her religious profession on August 4, 1947 at St. Francis Convent, Hankinson, ND.  Sister Loretta graduated from the St. Cloud School of Nursing in 1951 and was assigned to Oakes Community Hospital, Oakes, ND where she served as nursing director from 1953-1961. 

Sister Loretta’s service to the Diocese of Sioux Falls began in February 1961 when she was assigned as staff nurse and director of nursing at Gettysburg Memorial Hospital inn Gettysburg, SD.  Her role expanded over the years to serve as Assistant Administrator, Corporate Treasurer and on call obstetrical and emergency nurse.  She also served as treasurer of the SD Catholic Hospital Association from 1967-1969.  She was a member of the SD Director of Nursing Association and served on the Governing Board of the Gettysburg Memorial Hospital. Sister was one of the founding members of the Sisters of St. Francis of our Lady of Guadalupe under Bishop Hoch.  Sister was elected Sister Leader of the Sisters of St. Francis of Our Lady of Guadalupe in March 1985.  The community built a new convent in Mitchell and moved in on November 14, 1991.  From 1991-2003 Sister Loretta served as Pastoral Visitor for both Holy Family and Holy Spirit parishes in addition to teaching Baptism and RCIA classes.  In 2003 she began serving her community full time.   She served in many ways, but most especially enjoyed her role as cook.  She loved to bake cinnamon bread, Christmas bread and fruit cakes to give away to friends.  Another special project at the convent was planting the flower beds with petunes front of the convent. The last few years she was our prayer warrior spending most of her time in chapel in her recliner.

Sister Loretta celebrated her 70h Jubilee to religious life on August 4, 2017. 

She is survived by many nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews, as well as her community Sisters: Sister Marita Pfau, OSF and Sister Nancy Dwyer, OSF. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother, Tony VonRueden, her sister, Rita Braun and her community Sisters: Sr. Francine Randa OSF, Sr. Teresa Schmitt OSF and Sr. Juliana Haman OSF.


Visitation(s)

Date
Sunday, November 8, 2020
Time
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Location
5:30 PM Scripture Service

Holy Spirit Catholic Church
1401 W Cedar Ave
Mitchell, SD 57301

Service

Date
Monday, November 9, 2020
Time
10:30 AM
Location
Holy Spirit Catholic Church
1401 W Cedar Ave
Mitchell, SD 57301

Live-stream: https://fb.me/e/1R6Fx1PYl

Cemetery

Calvary Cemetery
Mitchell, SD


Posted by Joan Scheett on November 22, 2020
I always enjoyed working with Sister Loretta in SD. She was a joy to be around. May God bless her memory. Eternal rest on her.
Posted by Silvia sloat on November 11, 2020
She was there fir the birth of all four of my sons. Everybody loved her kind spirit and sense of humor.My sympathy to her family. She earned her rest in the arms of God!
Posted by Mona Jensen Beringer on November 10, 2020
Spent 30 years working with sister. She was always kind and dedicated to all of us and to the patients . Husband Dan and I visited the sisters several times in Mitchell. Rest in peace old friend. Our prayers are with all those who mourn her passing. A better world is ahead!!
Posted by Fr. Bob Krantz on November 8, 2020
Always appreciated Sister Loretta's confident spirit and love for her Call to Religious Life and sharing the Lord's love and purpose for each of us. May the Lord greet you with WELL DONE GOOD & FAITHFUL SERVANT.
Posted by Rose Reinhart on November 8, 2020
Sr. Loretta visited my parents many times during their shut-in time. She was a very special woman and who allowed God to work through her. She will be sorely missed by all of us who knew her. God speed, Sr. Loretta! Please greet my parents for me!
Posted by Monsignor Charles M. Mangan on November 8, 2020
J.M.J.+ May the Soul of Sister Loretta rest in peace. And may the Holy Family of Nazareth comfort the Sisters and all who mourn the passing of Sister Loretta.
Posted by Jerry & Mary Braun on November 8, 2020
Yes, Sister will be missed by all that knew Her. Sister will be always be with us in our Hearts. Rest In Peace Sister, Love the J&M Braun clan
Posted by Marsha Spicer on November 8, 2020
Sister Loretta was a true servant of God, she was my mentor and friend whose door was always open for a visit. I am blessed to have had her in my life. My sympathies to her family. RIP Sister!
Posted by Stella And Eugene Nagel on November 6, 2020
What a wonderful individual to have with, worked with.
Sister is a lifelong friend since 1961. Our 2 daughters have fond memories of sister. While I would be doing call back x-ray studies, the sisters would baby sit for me. The girls loved staying with the sisters. Of course they got spoiled. Sr. Loretta was present at their births.The girls have fond memories. RIP Sister Loretta. Will miss your big hugs whenever we stopped bye.
Posted by Rita Briscoe on November 6, 2020
A kind, loving, adventerous lady with a heart of gold. I have many memories but one of the greatest is when she and Sr. Juliana (my aunt) accompanied me to Aberdeen to purchase my wedding dress in 1975. Not many young ladies have two nuns go with them to purchase a wedding gown, but they did and we had a great time. My husband and I had 3 children and Sr. Loretta was there for the birth of each of them. My husband passed in 2012 and the Sisters of St. Francis came for his funeral. We believe in the communion of saints, so I truly believe she is forever with all of those who went before and waiting for the rest of us when God calls each of us home.
Posted by Dan and Phyllis Lien on November 6, 2020
Sister lived the life she loved. She was a mentor to her many nieces and nephews. We witnessed her dependence on God, and His glory reflected in her life. It's been a privilege and blessing to have called her friend and aunt. Sister will be sadly missed by her family.
Posted by Dan and Phyllis Lien on November 6, 2020
Sister lived the life she loved. She was a mentor to her many nieces and nephews. We witnessed her dependence on God, and His glory reflected in her life. It's been a privilege and blessing to have called her friend and aunt. Sister will be sadly missed by her family.
Posted by Pam Wohlwend on November 4, 2020
Sister Loretta was truly a servant of God! It was always a pleasure to visit with her. My sympathies to her nieces, nephews and extended family.
Posted by Marilyn Mechtenberg on November 3, 2020
What a wonderful neighbor & so dedicated to Our Lord. She had a great sense of humor which will be missed. RIP sister! You earned your wings!
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