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Obituary - Sister Ruth Marie Call, OSU

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Sister Ruth Marie Call, OSUALTON — Sister Ruth Marie Call, OSU, died Sept. 25, at Saint Anthony’s Hospital here. She grew up in the Springfield area and spent many of her 65 teaching years in Springfield-area Catholic schools.

The daughter of Michael Albert Call and Honorah Anastasia Conlon, she was born Ruth Helen Call on Jan. 4, 1912, in Riverton. She entered the Ursuline Sisters on July 1, 1930, and made vows on Jan. 3, 1933.

Sister Ruth Marie attended elementary school at St. Mary in Springfield and at Ss. Peter and Paul in Alton. She received her secondary education at Ursuline Academy in Springfield, then studied at Fontbonne College in St. Louis, Springfield Junior College, the University of Notre Dame, Loyola University in New Orleans and Loyola University in Chicago. She earned a bachelor’s degree in home economics, master’s degrees in theology and chemistry, and a master’s equivalent in Latin.

During most years from 1936 to 1960, her teaching assignments were at St. Joseph School, Blessed Sacrament School and Ursuline Academy, all in Springfield; and Marquette High School in Alton. She taught at Ursuline Academy in New Orleans from 1960 to 1995 and volunteered in the academy’s library from 1995 to 2005. After Hurricane Katrina, she moved to the Queen of Peace health care community in Alton.

Sister Ruth Marie was preceded in death by three sisters: Henrietta Call Foster, Dorothy Call Shafer and Florence Call; and by four brothers: Dr. James J. Call, Dr. Charles C. Call, Hugh H. Call and Ralph R. Call. She is survived by a number of nieces and nephews in the Springfield area, California and Wisconsin.

The funeral Mass was celebrated Oct. 1, in the Ursuline Convent Chapel in Alton, with Father Mark Dean, OMI, presiding.

Memorials may be made to the Ursuline Sisters of the Central Province Retirement Fund, 353 S. Sappington Road, St. Louis, MO 63122.

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