Sr. Kathlene O'Donnell

October 9, 1931 - September 22, 2017
Nazareth, MI



Monday, September 25, 2017
4:00 PM EDT
Holy Family Chapel
3427 Gull Road
Nazareth, MI 49074
(269) 381-6290

Vigil Service at 7:00 PM


Tuesday, September 26, 2017
10:30 AM EDT
Holy Family Chapel
3427 Gull Road
Nazareth, MI 49074
(269) 381-6290


At the family's request memorial contributions are to be made to those listed below. Please forward payment directly to the memorial of your choice.

Sisters of St. Joseph
P.O. Box 29
Nazareth, MI 49074
(269) 381-6290


Below is the contact information for a florist recommended by the funeral home.

1830 S. Westnedge
Kalamazoo, MI 49008
(269) 349-4961
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Life Story / Obituary


Kathlene O’Donnell was born in Highland Park, Michigan, October 9, 1931 the daughter of James O’Donnell and Catherine (Connolly) O’Donnell. Sister Kathlene was a member of St. Philip Neri in Detroit at the time of her entrance into the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Nazareth on July 1, 1949. She received the name Sister Joseph Ellen at her reception on January 3, 1950, but later returned to her baptismal name. She pronounced first vows on January 3, 1952 and final vows on January 3, 1955.

Sister Kathlene earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Nazareth College in 1968. She spent her first years of ministry teaching at St. Joseph Parish in Lake Orion and continued to teach at several parochial schools in Michigan including St. Cyril in Taylor, and for 7 years at St. Monica in Kalamazoo. Sister Kathlene then moved to Duluth, Minnesota where she served in hospital ministry as a chaplain. For the next 10 years Sister Kathlene’s ministry took her to St. Joseph Hospital in Flint where she became the Director of Pastoral Care at Genesys Regional Medical Center. In the late 1990’s, Sister Kathlene came to Nazareth where she was the administrator for the assisted living program at Fontbonne Manor. Following this ministry she volunteered in hospitality services for the Transformations Spirituality Center.

In retirement, Sister Kathlene continued ministry at Nazareth as a lector and prayer leader in Holy Family Chapel. She kept in close touch with family and many friends through letter-writing and phone calls. Clever with words and a ready smile, she could charm and welcome others with Irish humor and grace.

At her Jubilees Sister Kathlene declared with Mary: “My soul proclaims the goodness of God.” May she now find joy in God her Savior.

May She Rest In Peace!