The Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth mourn the loss of Sister Regina DeCoursey, 90, who entered into God's full embrace on Friday, April 26, 2013 in Ross Hall at the Mother House in Leavenworth, Kansas.
Aileen DeCoursey was born on December 26, 1922 in Kansas City, Kansas the third of six children of William B. and Regina Donegan DeCoursey. She graduated from St. Peter's Grade School and Bishop Ward High School, KCK, and attended Saint Mary College for two years. She entered the religious community of the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth on September 1, 1942 and as Sister Regina, made her profession of vows on March 6, 1944. Sister Regina received a B.A. in English from Saint Mary College, Leavenworth, Kansas and a M.A. in English from Notre Dame University.
Sister Regina was an accomplished educator. She taught at the elementary and secondary levels in parochial schools across the West and Midwest. She was also a high school principal and counselor, and registrar at Saint Mary College in Leavenworth. In 1980, Sister Regina took the position as director of the Foster Grandparent Program at St. Vincent Hospital in Billings, Montana, where she spent seven years. This was followed by study at St. Mary of the Woods College in Indiana in the gerontology certificate program. In 1988 she joined the social work department at St. John Hospital in Santa Monica, California as coordinator of the new Convalescent Outreach Program. In 1984, Sister Regina was a member of the team at St. James Parish in Oklahoma City, where she was involved in Ministry to the Elderly. She retired to the Mother House in 2003.
Survivors include sisters Regina DeCoursey Sinsky, Milwaukee, Wis., and Marianne DeCoursey Stehly, Fillmore, Calif.; nieces, nephews, friends, and her SCL Community.
A vigil will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 1, where friends may call after 4 p.m. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 2, at Ross Chapel, Mother House, Leavenworth, Kansas. Interment will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery on the Mother House grounds. R. L. Leintz Funeral Home 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.