Sister Jean Richard Stukenholtz, 89, an Ursuline Sister of Mount Saint Joseph, Ky., died Sept. 8 at Mount Saint Joseph, in her 70th year of religious life.
A native of Nebraska City, she was born Fern Ella Stukenholtz, the daughter of the late Rollan and Walburga Ann Wirth Stukenholtz. Sister Jean Richard was a lifelong learner and a very spiritual person. She always had a smile on her face and a desire to help those in need.
An educator for 49 years, she taught at St. John School, Plattsmouth, 1959-66, and Lourdes Elementary, Nebraska City, 1977-2004. She served in St. Mary and St. Benedict parishes as a Eucharistic minister to the sick. She also taught in many schools in Kentucky and New Mexico.
Survivors include four sisters, Rosemary Anna Nelson, Renton, Wash., Leora Kuwitzky, Seattle, Wash., Joan Meyer, Avoca, and Kathleen Stukenholtz, Nebraska City; brothers Lou Stukenholtz, Peru, and Carl Stukenholtz, Perry, Iowa; nieces and nephews, and the members of her religious community.
The funeral Mass was Wednesday at Mount Saint Joseph.
A memorial service for Sister Jean will be Monday, Sept. 17, at 9:30 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Nebraska City. A small reception will follow in the church basement.
Glenn Funeral Home and Crematory, Owensboro, Ky., was in charge of arrangements.
Gifts in memory of Sister Jean Richard Stukenholtz may take the form of donations to the Ursuline Sisters of Mount Saint Joseph, 8001 Cummings Road, Maple Mount, KY 42356.