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Sister Vera DEL GRANDE

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DEL GRANDE, SISTER VERA , OSU, 97, died Friday, March 7, 2014, at Mercy Sacred Heart.

Sister Vera was born in Louisville and entered the Ursuline Sisters in 1935. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Ursuline College, Louisville; a Master degree in Education from Creighton University, Omaha, NE; and a PhD in Education from St. Louis University, St. Louis, MO.

Dr. Del Grande joined the faculty of Ursuline College (Louisville) in 1959. She was Professor and Chair of the Education Department first at Ursuline from 1960 to 1968 and then at Bellarmine-Ursuline College (now Bellarmine University) from 1968 to 1970. She was Professor of Education at Indiana University Southeast full-time from 1970 to 1981, when she was named Professor Emeritus of Education. She remained there as Adjunct Professor of Education until 1986.

In Louisville, Sister also taught at St. Vincent de Paul parish school from 1937 to 1944 and at Sacred Heart Model School from 1944 to 1953. She taught first graders at Blessed Sacrament parish school in Omaha, NE, from 1953 to 1959. In 1986, Sister Vera founded the Ursuline Extended School Center on the Ursuline Campus that grew into the Ursuline Child Development Center, known today as Sacred Heart Pre-School.

Sister served the Ursuline Sisters of Louisville as Director of the Office of Ministry from 1981-1987 and as Director of the Ursuline Associate Call Program from 1994 to 2000. She continued in volunteer ministries until becoming a resident of Mercy Sacred Heart in 2013.

She is survived by nieces, nephews and her Ursuline Community.

Visitation will be at the Ursuline Motherhouse, 3115 Lexington Road, on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 from 3-7 p.m. followed by a Vigil Service at 7 p.m. The Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated on Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at 11 a.m. in the Motherhouse Chapel, with interment in St. Michael Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Bosse Funeral Home.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Ursuline Sisters and mailed to the Mission Advancement Office, 3105 Lexington Road, Louisville, KY 40206.

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Published in The Courier-Journal on Mar. 10, 2014
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