The Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth mourn the loss of Sister Charlene Race, formerly Sister Mary William, 78, who died on Monday, October 29, 2012 at the Mother House, Ross Hall, in Leavenworth, Kansas.
Charlene Rose Race was born November 25, 1933 in Wamego, Kansas, one of two children of William and Stella Lintz Race. She entered the religious community of the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth on August 19, 1954 and, as Sister Mary William, made her profession of vows on August 22, 1956. She later returned to the use of her baptismal name.
After profession, Sister Charlene taught in elementary school for one year. In 1957, she began working in the business office at various hospitals in the SCL Health System, and in 1999 she was assigned to work in the Community Treasurer's office at the Mother House. She earned a BA in Business from Carroll College in Helena, Montana. Sister Charlene retired to Ross Hall in February, 2007.
Survivors include her sister, Lois Jean Keen, Grandview, Missouri, nieces, nephews, friends, and her SCL Community.
A vigil will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 1, in Ross Chapel of the Sisters of Charity Mother House in Leavenworth where friends may call after 4:00 p.m. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in Ross Chapel at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 2. Interment will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery on the Mother House grounds. Davis Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth Retirement Fund, 4200 S 4th ST, Leavenworth, KS 66048.