Sister Jean Schulte

Sister Jean Schulte (Sister Lea), 87, a Franciscan Sister of the Congregation of Our Lady of Lourdes, Rochester, Minn., died at Assisi Heights on Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012.

Elizabeth Jean Schulte was born Sept. 6, 1925 to August T. and Agnes (Leary) Schulte in Caledonia, Minn. She entered the Sisters of St. Francis in 1945 from St. John Parish, Caledonia, made first vows in 1947 and final vows in 1950. After first vows she began a career in health care. Following three years as a nursing student at St. Mary’s Hospital, Sister Jean worked as a supervisor and then later as an Associate Professor of Nursing at the College of St. Teresa, Winona, Minn., while continuing additional studies. From 1963 to 1968 Sister founded the School of Nursing at Javeriana University, Bogota, Columbia. For the next five years she was on special assignment with a comprehensive nursing project with the minister of health education in Guatemala.

A year of enrichment studies followed after which she served in various ministries: research for religious congregations at Colegio Santa Francisca Romana, Bogota, Columbia (1974-1975), program director of the life enrichment program as Assisi Heights, Rochester (1974-1977), staff nurse at Mercy Hospital Aurora, Ill. (1977-1978), nursing instructor at Anoka Vo-Tech Institute, Anoka, Minn. (1978-1979), three months serving in the Peace Corps in Nicaragua in health promotion and project director of the Poor People Health Clinic, Rossville, Tenn. (1979-1981).

Sister Jean entered a clinical pastoral education program at McAllen Methodist Hospital, McAllen, Texas (1981-1982) and served as a chaplain at the same hospital (1982-1988). Following a year of theology study, she moved to Albuquerque, N.M. where she served the poor in various ministries until 2006 when she returned to Assisi Heights. In 2006 Sister Jean received an award of honor from Javeriana University at the 65th anniversary of the university commemorating her as the first academic dean and her efforts creating the school of nursing.

Sister Jean is survived by a brother Paul (Mary) Schulte, Alexandria, Minn. and a sister Eleanor (Dr. Leonard) Pawlikowski, Crystal Lake, Ill., a sister-in-law Winifred Schulte, Caledonia, many nieces and nephews and her Franciscan Sisters with whom she shared life for 67 years.

Her parents preceded her in death as did a brother, Leo Schulte, four sisters, Lorraine Collins, Helen Cuhel-White, Marian and Mary Ann Schulte and her brothers-in-law.

A funeral liturgy was held Monday, Sept. 24 at 11 a.m. in the Chapel of Our Lady of Lourdes, Assisi Heights, Rochester. Burial was in Calvary Cemetery, Rochester.

Memorials may be sent to the Sisters of St. Francis, Office of Development, Assisi Heights, 1001 14th St. NW, Suite 100, Rochester, Minn.

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