Sister Catherine Bede Rupprecht, CSJ
Sister Catherine Bede Rupprecht, CSJ, 95, died on Saturday, October 5, 2013, at St. Joseph’s Provincial House, Latham. She had been a Sister of St. Joseph of Carondelet for the past 78 years.
Catherine Veronica Rupprecht was born March 4, 1918, in Green Island, NY, daughter of the late Joseph and Catherine Mulready Rupprecht. After graduating from Catholic Central High School, Troy, she entered the novitiate of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet on March 19, 1935 and professed final vows on August 15, 1940. Sister Catherine received a bachelor’s degree in Latin and a master’s degree in French, both from The College of Saint Rose; in addition, she pursued post-graduate studies at Georgetown University. For 53 years, Sister Catherine taught Latin, French and religion in schools of the Albany and Syracuse Dioceses. She also was superior at St. Joseph’s Provincial House and worked in parish and community service in Watervliet and Schenectady. In 2000, Sister Catherine retired to St. Joseph Provincial House where she volunteered in a host of activities.
Sister Catherine was a classical scholar and a superb teacher, beloved by her students not only for her exceptional knowledge of the academic curriculum but also for her concern for each student. Like her patron, St. Bede the Venerable, Sister Catherine possessed the same combination of genius, faith, learning and love of God’s Word. In the classroom, the parish, the neighborhood and among her sisters, Sister Catherine was a role model of kindness, integrity and compassion for those whose heart she touched. In many ways a Renaissance woman, Sister Catherine was lovely, accomplished, intelligent and inspiring, but her greatest legacy will be her deep love of God, her faith, her family and the Sisters of St. Joseph.
Sister Catherine is survived by her beloved sister, Virginia Fitzgerald, of Troy; by her niece, Nancy (Bill) Mathewson; by her nephews: Brian Fitzgerald, Jay (Donna) Fitzgerald, and Timothy (Lisa) Fitzgerald, and their families; by many friends; and by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her sister, Dorothy Ezrow, and by many dear friends in the Sisters of St. Joseph.
Sister Catherine Bede’s funeral Liturgy was celebrated on Tuesday, October 8, at 10:30 a.m. in the chapel of St. Joseph’s Provincial House, Latham. Interment was in Our Lady Queen of Virgins Cemetery on the Provincial House grounds. Contributions in Sister Catherine’s memory may be made to the Development Office of the Sisters of St. Joseph, 385 Watervliet-Shaker Road, Latham, NY 12110.