Sister Juanita Pavlick, OSB

March 5, 2002

Sister Juanita Pavlick, O.S.B., of Mount St. Scholastica, Atchison, Kansas, died March 5, 2002, at the monastery. A vigil service will be Thursday, March 7, at 7 pm in the monastery choir chapel, followed by an agape to celebrate her life. Mass of the Resurrection will be March 8, at 10:30 am in the choir chapel. Burial will be in the community cemetery. 

A professed member of the Mount community for 67 years, Sister Juanita professed her vows Jan. 1, 1935. She taught at St. Anthony School in Kansas City, Kans.; at Maryville, Mo.; Defiance, Ia; and at Capulin, Colo. She received the Ph.D. in history from St. Louis University in 1954. Sister Juanita was professor and chair of the history department at Mount St. Scholastica College and at Benedictine College, Atchison, retiring as emerita professor in 1975. During her academic career she studied in India, Germany, and Italy; and maintained membership in the American Historical Association, the Catholic Historical Association, the Kansas Historical Society, and the American Benedictine Academy. She taught for seven years at the Kansas State Prison in Lansing. For years she studied Atchison and regional history, and shared that knowledge in talks at Elderhostels and on other occasions. She was named emerita Board member of the Board of Directors of Benedictine College, having served from 1977 to 1985. She was a regular member of the community Senate. 

Respected and loved by her colleagues and students, she was mentor to many in professional and in religious life, and, in addition, shared with them her love of children, gardening, and the beauty of flowers. 

Sister Juanita (Mary Magdalene) was born Feb. 28, 1908, to Ida (Haug) and Frank Pavlick of St. Benedict, Kansas. She was preceded in death by them and by four brothers and two sisters, and by a cousin, Sister Cleta Haug, O.S.B., of the Mount. She is survived by a sister, Eleanor Ferguson of North Kansas City, Mo.; by two sisters-in-law, Beverly Pavlick, Parkville, Md.; and Katherine Pavlick, Wichita, Kans.; by a brother-in-law, Daniel Dean, Atlanta, Ga.; by her cousin, Sister Laura Haug, O.S.B., of the Mount; and by many nieces and nephews. 

Let us remember her gratefully in our prayers.