Springfield Dominican Sister M. Anton Uthe, OP, died on Aug. 17, at Sacred Heart Convent in Springfield. She was born on her family’s farm near Gilbert, Iowa, in 1923. Her parents, Anton and Esther Reichart Uthe, baptized her Alice Cecilia at St. Peter and Paul Church in Gilbert. She made her profession of vows at Sacred Heart Convent in 1943.
Sister M. Anton taught grades 1-8 throughout her 54 years of educational ministry. In two instances, she taught and was principal at the same time. In Illinois, she ministered in schools in Kampsville, Chicago, Springfield, Algonquin, Michael, Bethalto, Hampshire, Newton, and Mendota, where she served for 12 years at Holy Cross School and another 6 years as minister to the sick. She also taught in Lenox, Mich., and Duluth, Minn.
A farm girl who once said she appreciated the contemplative nature of religious life most of all, Sister M. Anton was preceded in death by her parents; her brothers, Daniel, Joseph, and Lawrence; and her sisters, Margaret Colantino and Helen Mullenbach.
She is survived by her brother, Clarence Uthe of Elma, Iowa; her sister, Mary Smith of Boone, Iowa; and many beloved nieces, nephews, and friends.
A private burial was held at Calvary Cemetery on Aug. 21. A Memorial Mass will be held at Sacred Heart Convent at a later date.
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. Anton were served by Butler Funeral Home–Springfield.