Sister Mary Jo Schulte, OSF, of the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis died on May 7 at St. Francis Convent, Springfield. She was 77 years old.
Sister Mary Jo was born in Quincy on April 25, 1940, the daughter of Frank and Frances Wilde Schulte. She entered the congregation on Sept. 12, 1958 and professed her religious vows on Sept. 8, 1961.
Sister Mary Jo received a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Marillac College in 1966 and a master’s in nursing from The Catholic University of America in 1972. She served as a nurse and clinical specialist in the psychiatric departments at HSHS hospitals in Illinois and Wisconsin during the early years of her career. From 1981 to 1988, she served as program facilitator and assistant director at St. John’s School of Nursing in Springfield. She served two terms as a provincial councilor for the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis from 1988 until 1995. Beginning In 1996 until 2004, Sister Mary Jo was a nurse counselor for the Intercongregational Collaboration Project in Dubuque, Iowa. She returned to the motherhouse in Springfield in 2004 and served in various volunteer ministries.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by three brothers: David F. Schulte, Stanley R. Schulte and Frank N. Schulte.
Sister Mary Jo is survived by her brothers, Mark (Judy) Schulte of Quincy, Roger (Colleen) Schulte and Steve (Kathleen) Schulte of St. Peters, Mo.; a sister, Sister Rose Miriam Schulte, OP, of Alton; many nieces and nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews, and cousins, as well as her Franciscan Sisters with whom she shared her life for nearly 59 years.
The Eucharistic Celebration and Rite of Christian Burial took place May 11 in St. Clare of Assisi Adoration Chapel at St. Francis Convent with Father Dennis Koopman, OFM, as celebrant. Burial was in Crucifixion Hill Cemetery.
The Franciscan Sisters and the family of Sister Mary Jo Schulte, OSF, were served by Kirlin-Egan & Butler Funeral Home in Springfield.