ST. LOUIS — Sister Marianne Mullen, OSU, died peacefully Nov. 13 at St. Andrew’s at Francis Place in Eureka, Mo. She served many years in the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois.
Also known as Sister Marie Michelle, she was born July 3, 1934, in St. Louis to Walter J. and Lillian Kramer Mullen. A graduate of Ursuline Academy in Kirkwood, Mo., she entered the Ursuline Sisters in 1956 and professed her vows in 1958.
Sister Marianne earned a bachelor’s degree in math from the College of New Rochelle in New York, a master’s degree in math from St. Louis University, and a master’s degree in pastoral studies from Loyola University in New Orleans.
An educator for more than 45 years, she began her teaching career in Illinois, first at St. Bernard School in Alton from 1962 to 1963 and then at Ursuline Academy in Springfield from 1963 to 1966. She taught at Corpus Christi High School in Jennings, Mo., from 1966 to 1972 and Ursuline Academy in Kirkwood from 1972 to 1974. She was principal of three Ursuline schools: O’Connell High School in Galveston, Texas, from 1974 to 1977; Ursuline Academy in San Antonio, Texas, from 1978 to 1982; and Ursuline Academy in Springfield from 1985 to 1986. She served in campus ministry at Ursuline Academy in Springfield from 1982 to 1989.
Sister Marianne also had a Hispanic ministry in Portageville, Mo., and taught adult basic education at Three Rivers College in Malden, Mo., and at St. Jude Community Center in New Orleans. She was director of vocations for the Central Province from 1992 to 1997 and held many leadership positions in local Ursuline communities.
Sister Marianne was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, John Mullen; and a sister, Kathleen Simorka. She is survived by a brother, Jerry Mullen.
A graveside prayer service was held on Nov. 20 at St. Peter’s Cemetery in Kirkwood, Mo.