Sister Jane Frances McAtee, OSB
May 23, 2002
Sister Jane Frances McAtee, O.S.B., of the Benedictine Sisters of Atchison, Kansas, died Thursday, May 23, 2002, at the monastery. Vigil services will be Friday, May 24, at Mount St.Scholastica, at 7 p.m. Mass of the Resurrection will be Saturday, May 25, at 10:30 a.m., also in the community choir chapel. She had been a professed Benedictine for 72 years.
Long known in library circles, Sister Jane Frances was named librarian emerita of Benedictine College upon her retirement. She earned her BS and MS in library science from the Columbia University School of Library Service, New York, in 1938-39. She served as director of technical services, particularly cataloging and serials management at Mount St. Scholastica College library, and continued that work for the Mount community library. She was reference librarian at both colleges. She taught Children's Literature for over 25 years, and served as consultant in library education until 1980.
She was a member of the American Benedictine Academy library section from 1950 on, chairing that section 1954-1956. Sister Jane Frances was a member of the National Catholic Library Association and its Midwest chapter and the Kansas Library Association. She collaborated with the Rev.Oliver Kapsner's Benedictine Bibliographies and with Father Adolph Hrdlicka's Benedictine Union List of Serials, and contributed to the KCPL Union List of Serials and the Mid-America Union List of Serials. A member of the community Senate Sister Jane Frances was also associate editor and book review editor for Benedictine Review. She wrote for that publication and for The Catholic Library World and The American Benedictine Review.
Born in Vermillion, Kans., to Frances Huber and Eli Matthias (Matt) McAtee, she was baptized Alma Elizabeth in St. Joseph's parish, Lillis, Kans. Sister Jane Frances had two sisters who were members of the Atchison Benedictines - Esther (Sister Mary Francis) and Beatrice (Sister Bernita) who predeceased her. Other siblings were Mary (Mrs. George Lohe), Delphine (Mrs. Max Mattione), and her brothers Paul and Orion. She is survived by a brother-in-law, nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be sent to Mount St. Scholastica, Atchison, Kansas.
Let us remember her gratefully in our prayers.