Springfield Dominican Sister Mary Pauletta Overbeck died Oct. 13 at Sacred Heart Convent. She was born in Dieterich, on Jan. 4, 1915, and named Pauletta Madonna by her parents, Frank and Kathryn (Petry) Overbeck. She made her profession of vows in 1935 at Sacred Heart Convent. She had been the oldest professed Springfield Dominican and was inducted into the Sacred Heart-Griffin High School Hall of Fame in 2011.
Sister M. Pauletta was blessed with a full ministerial life. Most of her religious life was given to elementary education and religious education for children and adults. She taught at Cathedral School from 1934 to 1948, then was founding principal of Little Flower School, Springfield, where she served from 1948 to 1965. She also served in parishes in Crystal Lake and East Moline; Duluth, Minn.; and San Diego and Redlands, Calif. She was director of religious education at St. Joseph the Worker Parish, Chatham, from 1980 to 1987.
In 2010, 76 years after she began teaching, she retired from her position as secretary for Illinois Church Action on Alcohol and Addiction Problems where she had served for 20 years.
Sister M. Pauletta was preceded in death by her parents and her sisters Genevieve Field and Berneice Greenwood. She is survived by niece Kay Field, nephews Tim, Allen and Paul Field; Paul’s children and grandchildren; and many dear friends.
Cremation was accorded by Butler Cremation Tribute Center. A prayer service and funeral Mass were held on Oct. 25 at Sacred Heart Convent. Morning Prayer and final commendation took place Oct. 26, also at the convent chapel, with Father Richard Chiola and Father Peter Witchousky, OP as celebrants. Burial followed in Calvary Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Dominican Sisters Retirement Fund, 1237 W. Monroe St., Springfield, IL 62704.
The Dominican Sisters and family of Sister M. Pauletta were served by Kirlin-Egan & Butler Funeral Home in Springfield. Please visit butlerfuneralhomes.com to offer your condolences.