Sister Barbara Bader — January 23, 1923 – April 7, 2018

April 9, 2018 by

Sister Barbara Bader died April 7, 2018, at Mount Joseph Senior Village in Concordia, Kan. She was 95 years old and a Sister of St. Joseph of Concordia for 75 years. She was born in Rhineland, Mo., on Jan. 13, 1923, to Leo and Pentronella Buecker Bader, the seventh of nine children, and was baptized Aurelia Marie. She entered the Sisters of St. Joseph of Concordia on May 9, 1942. On March 18, 1943, Aurelia received the habit of the Sisters of St. Joseph and was given the name Sister Barbara. She pronounced first vows on March 19, 1944, and final vows on Aug. 15, 1947.

Sister Barbara graduated in 1959 from Marymount College, Salina, Kan., with a B.A. in psychology and education. In 1967, she graduated from Notre Dame University with a M.A. in educational administration. Sister Barbara taught in schools staffed by the Sisters of St. Joseph in Damar, Oakley, Manhattan and Beloit, Kan., and in Grand Island, Neb. She was principal in Oakley and Manhattan. In 2005, she retired at the Motherhouse in Concordia; moving to Mount Joseph in 2013.

Sister Barbara was preceded in death by her parents, three sisters and four brothers. She is survived by one sister, Nellie McMahon of Giltner, Neb. A Bible Vigil Service will be held at 10:30 a.m. April 11 in the Sacred Heart Chapel at the Nazareth Motherhouse with Sister Mary Savoie as eulogist. The Mass of Christian Burial will be  at 1:30 p.m. April 11 at in the Sacred Heart Chapel at the Nazareth Motherhouse with Rev. Tom Ryan and Rev. David Rykwader presiding. The burial will be in the Nazareth Motherhouse Cemetery. Chaput-Buoy Mortuary, 325 W. Sixth St., Concordia, is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials for Sister Barbara Bader 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 Barbara Bader’s memory, click on the button below:

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