Sister Loretta VonRueden, 91, of Mitchell, SD, died Tuesday, November 3, 2020 at her home under hospice care. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 AM Monday, November 9, at Holy Spirit Catholic church in Mitchell. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery in Mitchell. Visitation will be from 3-6:00 PM Sunday at the Church with a 5:30 PM scripture service. Arrangements by Bittner Funeral Chapel.
A live-stream of the funeral service may be viewed at: https://fb.me/e/1R6Fx1PYl
SISTER M. LORETTA VON RUEDEN, OSF: Sr. Loretta was born 7-18-29 in Reynolds, ND to Loretta (Mennehan) VonReuden and Jerome VonRueden. She graduated from St. Francis Academy, Hankinson, ND. Sr. Loretta made her religious profession on August 4, 1947 at St. Francis Convent, Hankinson, ND. Sister Loretta graduated from the St. Cloud School of Nursing in 1951 and was assigned to Oakes Community Hospital, Oakes, ND where she served as nursing director from 1953-1961.
Sister Loretta’s service to the Diocese of Sioux Falls began in February 1961 when she was assigned as staff nurse and director of nursing at Gettysburg Memorial Hospital inn Gettysburg, SD. Her role expanded over the years to serve as Assistant Administrator, Corporate Treasurer and on call obstetrical and emergency nurse. She also served as treasurer of the SD Catholic Hospital Association from 1967-1969. She was a member of the SD Director of Nursing Association and served on the Governing Board of the Gettysburg Memorial Hospital. Sister was one of the founding members of the Sisters of St. Francis of our Lady of Guadalupe under Bishop Hoch. Sister was elected Sister Leader of the Sisters of St. Francis of Our Lady of Guadalupe in March 1985. The community built a new convent in Mitchell and moved in on November 14, 1991. From 1991-2003 Sister Loretta served as Pastoral Visitor for both Holy Family and Holy Spirit parishes in addition to teaching Baptism and RCIA classes. In 2003 she began serving her community full time. She served in many ways, but most especially enjoyed her role as cook. She loved to bake cinnamon bread, Christmas bread and fruit cakes to give away to friends. Another special project at the convent was planting the flower beds with petunes front of the convent. The last few years she was our prayer warrior spending most of her time in chapel in her recliner.
Sister Loretta celebrated her 70h Jubilee to religious life on August 4, 2017.
She is survived by many nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews, as well as her community Sisters: Sister Marita Pfau, OSF and Sister Nancy Dwyer, OSF.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother, Tony VonRueden, her sister, Rita Braun and her community Sisters: Sr. Francine Randa OSF, Sr. Teresa Schmitt OSF and Sr. Juliana Haman OSF.