Mary Elaine Zehnder, SCN, 87, was born in Louisville, Kentucky. She died at Nazareth Home, Louisville, Kentucky, on April 10, 2019. She was a professed Sister of Charity of Nazareth for 67 years.
Sister Mary Elaine served in educational ministry. She taught grade school in Samuels, Kentucky at St. Gregory, St. Raphael in Hyde Park, Massachusetts, St. Peter in Waldorf, Maryland and Our Lady of Lourdes in Owensboro, Kentucky where she also served as principal and choir director. Sister Mary Elaine served as a teacher of religion at Holy Spirit and St. Joseph in Bowling Green, Kentucky.
From 1984-2012, Sister Mary Elaine was the Parish Minister at St. Pius X in Louisville.
She served her SCN Community as a Motherhouse Coordinator from 1973-1977. From 1978-1984 she served as the Director of the SCN Mission Office. Later, she was the Associate Regional, serving the Louisville area from 1996-2002.
Sister Mary Elaine is survived by her sister, Patrice Rymarowicz, her extended family and by her religious community.
Visitation and a prayer service will be held on Friday, April 12, 2019, at 9:30 a.m. at Nazareth Home Chapel.
Her Wake will be held at St. Vincent de Paul Church, Nazareth, Kentucky, at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, April 12, 2019.
The Funeral Mass will be on Saturday, April 13, 2019, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Vincent de Paul Church, Nazareth, Kentucky. Burial will be in Nazareth Cemetery on Monday, April 15, 2019, at 11:30 a.m.
Funeral Arrangements are being handled by Ratterman Funeral Home, 3800 Bardstown Road, Louisville, Kentucky. Memorials may be sent to the SCN Office of Mission Advancement, P.O. Box 9, Nazareth, KY, 40048.