SINSINAWA -- Sr. Mary Catherine Baadte, OP (Matthia), died April 17, 2012, at St. Dominic Villa, Hazel Green, Wis. The funeral Mass was held in Queen of the Rosary Chapel at Sinsinawa April 20, 2012, followed by burial in the Motherhouse Cemetery.
Sister Mary Catherine made her first religious profession as a Sinsinawa Dominican Aug. 5, 1940, and her final profession Aug. 5, 1943. She taught for 31 years and tutored for three years. Sister Mary Catherine taught religious education for eight years and served in various support staff positions for 14 years. She served in Wisconsin, South Dakota, California, Illinois, Minnesota, Nebraska, Iowa, and Texas.
In the Diocese of Madison, Sister Mary Catherine taught at St. Joseph, Baraboo, 1940-1941, and Blessed Sacrament, Madison, 1941-1943. She served as pastoral associate at Queen of Peace Parish, Madison, 1972-1973, and ministered as support staff at the Motherhouse, Sinsinawa, 1976-1977, 1987-2003.
Sister Mary Catherine was born June 3, 1917, in Andover, S.D., the daughter of George and Rose (Bear) Baadte. Her parents; a sister, Alice Gaines; and a brother, Raymond Baadte, preceded her in death. She is survived by nieces, nephews, and her Dominican Sisters with whom she shared life for 71 years.
Memorials may be made to the Sinsinawa Dominicans, 585 County Road Z, Sinsinawa, WI, 53824-9701 or online at www.sinsinawa.org by clicking on "Donate to Us," then "Honors and Memorials."
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