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Sister Mary Ellen Curl


1942 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
Sister  Mary Ellen Curl Obituary
Curl, Sister Mary Ellen,

Sister Mary Ellen was the first child of Joseph and Josephine Curl, born March 3, 1942. She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother, Michael, and brother-in-law, Bob Eaton.

Sister was a 1959 graduate of Mercy Academy in Louisville, Ky. and entered the Sisters of Mercy in September of that same year.

Sister served in many parishes throughout the Archdiocese of Louisville, beginning as a primary teacher at the former St. Basil's school and Immaculate Conception., LaGrange, Ky. She also directed and taught at the Mercy Kindergarten from 1967-1974. Sister began serving as a DRE at St. Athanasius in 1974, and continued in the capacity of DRE at Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Campbellsville, Ky. and Holy Redeemer, Greenburg. Ky. Sister also served at St. James in Elizabethtown, Ky. and St. Christopher's in Radcliff, Ky.

In 1995, Sister was appointed as the first woman Pastoral Administrator in the Archdiocese of Louisville for the parishes of St. Francis of Assisi, St Francis/Loretto, Ky. and Holy Cross parish, Holy Cross, Ky. beginning her ministry there in 1991.

Upon leaving parish ministry in 2004, Sister began ministering at Sacred Heart Home in Louisville primarily as chaplain. Sister was also a Spiritual Director and conducted Directed Retreats both in Louisville and Nashville, Tn.

Sister is survived by a brother, Joseph LeRoy (Roy)/Betty; sisters, Anita Lvons/Harvey; Rita Reis/Jerry; Sue Schulte/Paul; and Kaye Heim/Bill. Sister is also survived by many nieces and nephews as well as great nieces and nephews.

Rite of welcoming will take place on Monday at 9:30 am at Mercy Convent , Nashville TN with visitation to follow. Funeral mass will be held at 11 am at Mercy Convent. Visitation in Louisville KY will take place on Monday from 6-8 pm at Rattermans Funeral Home on Lexington Rd. Visitation will also be on Tuesday at St. Francis of Rome Church with Funeral mass to follow at 10 am. Interment will follow at Calvary Cemetery.
Published in The Courier-Journal on Aug. 27, 2017
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