Sister Mary Frances Lutty, OSF, 98, of the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis, died on May 30 at St. Francis Convent in Springfield.
Sister Mary Frances, the former Anna May Lutty, was born in Pittsburgh on July 26, 1921, the daughter of Frank F. and Josephine M. Fichter Lutty. She entered the congregation on Feb. 2, 1950 and professed her religious vows on Oct. 4, 1952.
Sister Mary Frances spent many years working in the accounting office at St. John’s Hospital, Springfield, at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Chippewa Falls, Wis., and at the motherhouse in Springfield. Besides dealing with the numbers, she ministered to the sisters as the religious leader for the motherhouse sisters in Springfield. In 1982, Sister Mary Frances was elected as General Councilor and lived in Muenster, Germany for six years. Upon her return, she assumed the duty as secretary/receptionist for Franciscan Apostolic Center, Springfield, until she opted to be a volunteer in 1993 at St. John’s Hospital. Since 2010, Sister Mary Frances spent many hours at St. Clare of Assisi Chapel praying for the many needs of the people and the HSHS hospitals.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Thomas J. Lutty and Anthony J. Lutty; two sisters, Dorothy M. Lutty and Catherine M. Wagner; and a foster sister, Betty Reith.
She is survived by one sister-in-law, Pauline Lutty, Baton Rouge, La.; many nephews, nieces, great-nieces, great-nephews, and great-great-nephews and great-great-nieces; as well as her Franciscan Sisters with whom she shared her life for over 67 years.
Private services were held on June 2. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at a later date.
The Franciscan Sisters and family were served by Butler Funeral Home—Springfield.