Sister Mary Luca Lager, OSB

May 4, 2002

Sister Mary Luca Lager, O.S.B., of the Benedictine Sisters, Atchison, Kans., died May 4, 2002, at the monastery. Vigil services will be Tuesday, May 7, 2002, in St. Scholastica Chapel, Atchison, at 7 pm. The Mass of Resurrection will be offered there Wednesday, May 8, at 10:30 am.

Sister Mary Luca Lager%2C OSBSister Mary Luca entered the Mount community June 5, 1933, after graduating from Mount St. Scholastica Academy. She made monastic profession January 1, 1935. A graduate of Mount St. Scholastica College, she earned a Master's in mathematics and physics from Creighton University. She taught in community schools in five states, including Christ the King in Kansas City, Kans., and St. Bernadette's in Kansas City, Mo. Many young teachers benefited from her guidance and her excellent administration as principal. For five years, she directed the ESL program at Donnelly College.

Her retirement was as active as her professional life -- she oversaw bulk mailing, was a monastery chauffeur, tutored in math, and assisted in the vocation and transportation offices. A certain intensity carried over to other pastimes. She was an avid pinochle player, saw the educational possibilities of the Internet, and used e-mail almost daily.

Sister Mary Luca was the last of her immediate family of six brothers (Fred, Joseph, Frank, Herman, Vincent, and Raymond) and five sisters (Agnes, Mary, Sister Leocadia of Clyde, Sister Pulcheria of Atchison, Eleanore, Genevieve, and Magdalen) born to Agnes Fox and Fred Lager of Clyde, Mo. She is survived by sisters-in-law, nieces, and nephews.

Memorials may be directed to Mount St. Scholastica.

Let us remember her gratefully in our prayers.