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Servant of Mary Sister Rupp, 94, had a 47-year career in education

Servant of Mary Sister Mary Catherine Rupp, whose 75 years of religious life included more than 40 years in education, leadership and volunteer positions in Omaha, died Nov. 29 in Omaha. She was 94.

A funeral Mass was held Dec. 3 at Our Lady of Sorrows Chapel at the order’s motherhouse in Omaha, with interment in the convent cemetery.

Born in Cherokee, Iowa, in 1922, Sister Rupp entered the Servants of Mary in 1941 and made her final vows in 1948. She earned bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in English.

In 1942, Sister Rupp began a 47-year teaching career, including assignments in Denver and Detroit, and she came to Omaha in 1958 as principal of Christ the King School.

From 1964 to 1967, Sister Rupp taught at both Creighton University and then-Duchesne College, and from 1967 to 1990 she served as a professor of English and chair of the Humanities Division and English Department at the College of Saint Mary, all in Omaha.

In 1990, she moved to Rome as secretary general of the international community of the Servants of Mary, and in 1992, also became general councilor. She returned to Omaha in 1993 as the order’s U.S. general councilor and assistant prioress general.

Retiring in Omaha in 1998, Sister Rupp continued to serve as a volunteer in several capacities, including a mission project in Africa, the Stephen Ministry at St. Pius X Parish, Hospice House, and at her last residence, Immanuel Fontenelle Home.

Sister Rupp was preceded in death by parents, George and Mary Rupp; brothers, Norbert, Raymond, Carl, Society of Mary Father Urban, and Lawrence; sisters, Florence Rupp Seely, Monica Rupp Sayers, and Servant of Mary Sister Mary Christina. She is survived by brothers, Ralph Rupp of Cherokee, Iowa, and Floyd Rupp of Sioux City, Iowa; nieces; nephews; great-nieces; great-nephews; Servants of Mary community.

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