PITTSBURGH — Sister Rosella Uding, CDP (formerly Sister Mary Ronald) died on June 15 at Passavant Hospital in Pittsburgh. She was 72 years old.
She was born on April 9, 1947 to a loving family in rural St. Genevieve, Mo., the fourth of 11 children of Raymond and Lucille (Hoog) Uding. She grew up sharing in all the family activities and responsibilities with her siblings on the Uding family farm and enjoyed a close relationship with her family throughout her entire life.
She entered the Sisters of Divine Providence in 1963 and made final vows on Aug. 21, 1971. Sister Rosella was an elementary school teacher for a total of 10 years at the following schools: North American Martyrs School and Ascension School in St. Louis, St. Elizabeth School in Granite City and St. Mary/St. Mark School in Madison. She also felt drawn toward the formation of the spiritual lives of youth and desired to reach a greater number of children in the parishes.
Sister Rosella had obtained a bachelor’s in education in 1971 and in 1981 received a master’s in religious education from Seattle University. She ministered as the director of religious education at St. Elizabeth Church in Granite City, from 1980 until 1988 and as the minister of children and youth at Holy Family Church in Litchfield from 1988 until 2003. She also worked for a short time as DRE at St. Matthew Parish in Alton. She then became the administrator of the generalate (international headquarters) of the Sisters of Divine Providence in Wakefield, R.I., from 2004 until 2007 followed by serving as vocation director from 2007 until 2008. At the time of her death she had been serving as DRE at St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Wheeling, W.V., since 2009. She endeared herself to families, supporting them and participating in the highs and lows of their lives.
In addition to her beloved parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Edmond and a brother-in-law, Harold Rainey. She is survived by her siblings and spouses, Carl and Karen Uding, Vincent and Sue Uding, Marjory and John Flieg, Geralyn and Mark Henderson, Gerard and Mary Ann Uding, Myra and Bill Flieg, Catherine Rainey, Charles and Michelle Uding, Ronald and Lorraine Uding; sister-in-law, Judy Uding; many nieces and nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews; the Sisters of Divine Providence and their associates.
A visitation was held at Irwin Chapel in Granite City on June 27. A Mass of the Resurrection was celebrated at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church in Granite City on June 28, with Father Jeff Holtman as celebrant. Burial was at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in St. Louis.
Memorials may be made to Sisters of Divine Providence, 9000 Babcock Blvd., Allison Park, PA 15101.