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Omaha native taught in hometown


Sister Mary Lorraine Hauptman

Sister of Mercy Mary Lorraine Hauptman, an Omaha native whose nearly 65 years of religious life included teaching in her hometown and serving in the chancery, died July 28 in Omaha. She was 83.

Her funeral Mass was Aug. 3 at Mercy Villa in Omaha. Inurnment will be at a later date.

Sister Hauptman attended then-St. Stanislaus School and St. Mary High School (now Mercy High School) and the College of Saint Mary, all in Omaha. She also taught in Omaha schools – St. Bernard from 1960 to 1962; St. James, 1962 to 1963; then-St. Patrick, 1963 to 1965; Holy Cross, 1967 to 1973; Catholic Southeast Junior High School (now All Saints), 1979 to 1988; and then-St. Agnes, 1988 to 1989.

From 1973 to 1979, she worked in the chancery, coordinating religious education programs at St. Francis Borgia Parish in Blair and St. John the Baptist Parish in Fort Calhoun, and serving as secretary for the marriage tribunal.

She worked at the former St. James Orphanage in Omaha from 1956 to 1957 and 1959 to 1961, and also taught at schools in North Dakota, Missouri, New Mexico and Colorado.

In 1997, Sister Hauptman moved to the Sisters of Mercy community in Omaha and worked at household duties in the convent until 2002, when she retired and moved to Mercy Villa Life Center.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Helen; brothers, Charles (Bubba) and Gene; survivors include the Sisters of Mercy community; brother, Joseph, of Omaha; nieces and nephews.

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