Sister Charles Maurice Diver, OP, 91, died May 12 at Sacred Heart Convent, the motherhouse of the Dominican Sisters of Springfield.
Sister Charles Maurice was born in Chicago on Dec. 12, 1916 to Charles and Madge (McGee) Diver and joined the Dominican Sisters in 1934, making her profession of vows in 1936. She was a graduate of Fontbonne University, St. Louis.
Sister Charles Maurice taught in Catholic parish schools for 48 years. Her first assignment was Sacred Heart School, Pana as a primary grade teacher. She continued to teach primary grades at St. Thomas School, Crystal Lake; St. John School, Carrollton; and St. Joseph School, Bradley. For the next 23 years, she taught intermediate grades at: Holy Angel School, Aurora; St. Edward School and Our Lady of Grace School, Chicago; St. Cabrini and St. Agnes, Springfield. For the last 10 years of her teaching ministry, she taught junior high at Holy Angels School, Aurora; St. Mary School, Mt. Sterling; St. Patrick School and Little Flower School, Springfield. When she retired from teaching in 1984, she returned to the Chicago area as full-time parish visitor on behalf of St. Christina Parish. In 1987 she received the Mt. Greenwood "Outstanding Senior Citizen" award. She retired to the motherhouse in 1992, but continued to find occasions for travel experiences.
Sister Charles Maurice was preceded in death by her parents, her brothers Eaman, Farrigal, Patrick, Edward, Maurice, Charles, and her priest-brother Father Neil. She is survived by one nephew, two nieces, and her Dominican sisters with whom she lived and ministered for 73 years.
The Funeral Mass was May 14 at Sacred Heart Convent in Springfield with Father Peter Witchousky, OP, presiding. Final commendation and burial was in Calvary Cemetery, Springfield.
Kirlin-Egan & Butler Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.