The Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth, Kan., mourn the loss of Sister Dorothy Harvat (formerly S. Mary Edwina Harvat ), 83, who died on Thursday, Dec. 25, 2008, at 12:20 p.m., in Ross Hall at the Mother House of the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth.
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Dorothy Pauline Harvat was born Dec. 5, 1925, in Livingston, one of three children of Edwin J. and Helen M. Schustrom Harvat. She graduated from St. Mary Elementary School, and Park County High School in Livingston. Dorothy entered the religious community of the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth on Feb. 12, 1946, and, as Sister Mary Edwina, made her profession of vows on Feb. 15, 1948. She later returned to the use of her baptismal name.
After profession, Sister Dorothy taught for a brief time in Emmett, Kan., and at Bishop Ward High School in Kansas City, before returning to the University of Saint Mary campus in Leavenworth, where she spent the next 45 years. During that time she held different positions, including associate professor of dietetics and home economics, department chairperson, administrative dietician and manager of food services, business manager and registrar. During the summers of 1970 and 1971, Sister was missioned to teach home economics in Ethiopia. In May 1995, she was named professor emeritus. In September 1995, Sister Dorothy returned to her home state of Montana, serving at St. Vincent Hospital and Healthcare in Billings as patient representative.
Sister Dorothy received a bachelor's degree in dietetics from the University of Saint Mary, and a master's in nutrition education from Drexel University in Philadelphia. She also attended the University of Minnesota, Iowa State University, Kansas State University and Montana State University.
Survivors include her sister, Mrs. Margaret Hruza of Livingston, nieces Mary Selland, Kathy Hirsch, Chris Hruza, and Manette Hruza, friends, and her Sisters of Charity community.
A vigil will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 29, at Ross Chapel of the Sisters of Charity Mother House in Leavenworth, where friends may call after 4 p.m. Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated in Ross Chapel at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 30. Interment will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery on the Mother House grounds. R. L. Leintz Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth Retirement Fund, 4200 S Fourth St., Leavenworth, KS 66048-5054.
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Dec. 28, 2008