EUREKA, Mo. — Sister Darlene (Margherita) Fulgenzi, OSU, died peacefully at St. Andrew’s at Francis Place in Eureka, Mo., on Oct. 11. The daughter of Adolfo and Margaret Daniele Fulgenzi, she was born on Feb. 28, 1938 in Springfield.
Sister Darlene attended St. Joseph’s School in Springfield and Ursuline Academy in Springfield, graduating in 1956. She entered the Ursuline Sisters in July 1956 and professed her vows in January 1959. She earned her bachelor’s degree in classical languages from the College of New Rochelle (New Rochelle, N.Y.) and her master’s degree in Latin from St. Louis University. She also studied Scripture and spirituality at the Ursuline Generalate in Rome, Italy during her tertian year of spiritual renewal in 1977-1978.
Her many years of ministry included elementary school teaching at Ss. Peter and Paul in Alton and Our Lady of Guadalupe in Galveston, Texas; and high school teaching at Ursuline Academy in Kirkwood, Mo., and Marquette High School in Alton. Sister Darlene also served as the prioress of Ursuline communities in Alton; Galveston, Texas; Kirkwood, Mo.; and Springfield. In her semi-retirement, she was the assistant archivist for the Alton Ursuline community.
Sister Darlene is survived by two brothers: James (Linda) and Ferdinand both of Springfield and her sister Donna (Richard) Putting of Tucson, Ariz. She is also survived by her loving nieces and nephews, Jim Fulgenzi, Danielle (Nick) Fulgenzi Giacomini, Margaret (Ed) Sauer, Karen (Phil) Brooks, all of Springfield, Margaret (Rick) Bland, Paula (Randy) Robsin, Jacqueline Putting-Thomas, Richard (Shannon) Putting, all of Tucson, Ariz., Donna (Ernie) Joseph of Bristol, Va., and Jude (Kristin) Putting of Kennesaw, Ga., plus 12 great-nephews and 10 great-nieces.
A celebration of Sister Darlene’s life was held on Oct. 20, at St. Joseph Church in Springfield. Interment was at Calvary Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Ursuline Sisters Retirement Fund, 353 S. Sappington Road, Kirkwood, MO, 63122.