Services set for Sister Celestine Ruder

November 28, 2015 by

Sister Celestine Ruder

Sister Celestine Ruder

Sister Celestine Ruder died Nov. 28, 2015, at Mount Joseph Senior Village in Concordia. She was 98 years old and a Sister of St. Joseph for 80 years.

She was born in Antonino, Kan., on May 15, 1917, to Henry and Mary Boos Ruder, the fourth of 11 children, and was baptized Rosaline. She entered the Sisters of St. Joseph of Concordia on Feb. 5, 1935. On Aug. 14, 1935, Rosaline received the habit of the Sisters of St. Joseph and was given the name Sister Celestine. She pronounced first vows on Aug. 15, 1936, and final vows on Aug. 15, 1939.

Sister Celestine worked in the dietary departments of the Motherhouse, Marymount College, Sabetha (Kan.) Hospital and St. Mary’s Academy in Silver City, N.M. In addition, she was cook and housekeeper for many parochial school missions in Kansas and Nebraska. She also spent several years caring for the sick and elderly. In 2005 she retired to the Motherhouse in Concordia. She moved to Mount Joseph Senior Village in July.

Sister Celestine was preceded in death by her parents and her 10 siblings.

A Bible Vigil Service will be held Tuesday, Dec. 1, at 7 p.m. in the Sacred Heart Chapel of the Nazareth Motherhouse with Sister Marcia Allen as the eulogist. The Mass of Christian Burial will be Wednesday, Dec. 2, at 10:30 a.m. in the Motherhouse chapel with Father Jim Hoover presiding. The burial will be in the Nazareth Motherhouse Cemetery.

Chaput-Buoy Mortuary, 325 W. 6th St., Concordia, is in charge of arrangements.

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Memorials for Sister Celestine Ruder may be given to the Sisters of St. Joseph Health Care/Retirement Fund or the Apostolic Works of the Sisters; P.O Box 279, Concordia KS 66901. To make an online donation in Sister Celestine’s memory, click on the button below:





One Response to “Services set for Sister Celestine Ruder”

  1. Cid Chavez on November 30th, 2015 10:27 am

    Rest in peace Sister Celestine! I am so glad we got to see you at your 80th jubilee in August, 2015.

    Cid Chavez

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