Sister Charlotte Lutgen died July 15, 2022, at Nazareth Motherhouse in Concordia, Kansas. She was 94 years old and a Sister of St. Joseph for 74 years. She was born in rural Tipton, Kansas, on Nov. 26, 1927, to Charles and Elizabeth Koenigsman Lutgen, the oldest of seven children, and was baptized Geraldine. She entered the Sisters of St. Joseph of Concordia on Feb. 2, 1948. On Aug. 14, 1948, Geraldine received the habit of the Sisters of St. Joseph and was given the name Sister Charlotte. She pronounced first vows on Aug. 15, 1949 and final vows on Aug. 15, 1952.
In 1948, Sister Charlotte received a diploma in nursing from St. Mary School of Nursing in Manhattan, Kansas. In 1960, she received a BSNE in Nursing from Marymount College, Salina. She served as an RN in hospitals staffed by the Sisters of St. Joseph in Manhattan, Salina, Sabetha, Atwood, Concordia, and Belvidere, Illinois. Beginning in 1988, Sister Charlotte served the community as staff nurse at the Motherhouse. In 2005, she moved to the Motherhouse to do volunteer nursing duties.
Sister Charlotte was preceded in death by her parents, one sister and three brothers. She is survived by two brothers, Leon and William. Bible Vigil Service will be held 7 p.m. July 17 in the Chapel of the Nazareth Motherhouse with Sister Mary Jo Thummel as the eulogist. The Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. July 18 in the Motherhouse Chapel with Rev. Barry Brinkman presiding. We respectfully request that anyone attending either service wear a mask.
The burial will be in the Nazareth Motherhouse Cemetery. Chaput-Buoy Mortuary, 325 W. 6th St., Concordia, is in charge of arrangements. Memorials for Sister Charlotte Lutgen 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.
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