Sister Carmella Richie, CSA, 97Sister Carmella Richie, CSA, 97, died on Tuesday, Jan. 3, in Nazareth Center where she resided.
Sister Carmella Richie, CSA, 97, died on Tuesday, Jan. 3, in Nazareth Center where she resided.
Carmella Richie, daughter of Joseph and Mary Dabruzzi Richie, was born Nov. 12, 1914, in the northwest Wisconsin city of Cumberland. The parents, five sons, and three daughters later moved to Hudson, Wis. In 1932, Carmella entered the Congregation of Sisters of St. Agnes. At her first profession in 1935, she received her baptismal name and became Sister Carmella.
For more than 50 years, Sister Carmella served as a homemaker in various houses and institutions of the Congregation in Illinois, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Kansas, and Minnesota. Perfection was her goal, whether preparing meals, doing laundry, or praying. She was especially proud of a prize-winning stuffed shells recipe which she happily shared with others. When she retired to Nazareth Heights in 1992, she continued to help with the laundry there. She was among the first residents to move to Nazareth Court and Center when it opened in 1998.
Sister Carmella is survived by one sister, Carolyn Raddatz of Bakersfield, Calif.; a sister-in-law, Joan Richie of Hudson; nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews; and the Sisters of St. Agnes with whom she lived, prayed, and ministered.
Preceding her in death were her parents, Joseph and Mary Dabruzzi Richie; five brothers, Anthony, George, Frank, Mike, and Peter; and one sister, Esther Johnson.
Services for Sister were held in Fond du Lac, Wis., on Saturday, Jan. 7.
Memorials may be directed to the Sisters of St. Agnes Development Office, 320 County Road K, Fond du Lac, WI 54937.
The Sisters of St. Agnes are grateful to the nurses and staff of Nazareth Court and Center and Hospice Hope for their care of Sister Carmella in her last years.
Zacherl Funeral Home is serving the Sisters of the Congregation of St. Agnes. www.zacherlfuneralhome.com.
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