Sister Mary M. (Bertille) O’Connor, BVM, 92, of Mount Carmel Bluffs, 1160 Carmel Drive, Dubuque, Iowa, died Sunday, Oct. 8, 2023.
Visitation will be from 9-9:30 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 12, 2023, in the Mary Frances Clarke Chapel at Mount Carmel Bluffs. Sharing of Memories will be at 9:30 a.m., followed immediately by the Mass of Christian Burial. Burial is in the Mount Carmel Cemetery.
Sister Mary was an elementary teacher and religious education coordinator at St. Patrick in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She taught in Chicago; Seattle; Kauai, Hawaii; and East Moline, Ill., where she also served as pastoral minister and director of religious education.
She was born on July 30, 1931, in Des Moines, Iowa, to William and Bertille (Broderick) O’Connor. She entered the BVM congregation on Sept. 8, 1950, from St. Paul the Apostle Parish, Davenport, Iowa. She professed first vows on March 19, 1953, and final vows on July 16, 1958.
“[Mary’s] life focus was on spirituality and religious education. With gratitude to the congregation for nurturing both, she wrote, ‘We have a variety of gifts, [and] our BVM community allows us the inner freedom to use these gifts. . . The Sisters who have gone before us have given us a great gift of faith which continues to bear the fruit of many blessings.’” (Eulogy).
She was preceded in death by her parents and siblings Edward (Dorothy) O’Connor, James (Eleanor) O’Connor, and Catherine (Thomas) Glancy. She is survived by nieces, nephews, and the Sisters of Charity, BVM, with whom she shared life for 72 years.
Memorials may be given to Sisters of Charity, BVM, 1100 Carmel Drive, Dubuque, IA 52003 or make an online gift.Watch Memorial Mass and Sharing of Memories Download Eulogy Download Sharing of Memories