February 28, 1938 – October 11, 2017
Sister Darlene (Margherita) Fulgenzi, OSU, died peacefully on Oct. 11, 2017, at St. Andrew’s at Francis Place in Eureka, Missouri.
The daughter of Adolfo and Margaret Daniele Fulgenzi, she was born on February 28, 1938, in Springfield, Illinois. Sister Darlene attended St. Joseph’s elementary school and Ursuline Academy in Springfield, graduating in 1956. She entered the Ursuline Sisters in July 1956 and professed her vows in January 1959. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in classical languages from The College of New Rochelle in New Rochelle, New York, and her Master of Arts degree in Latin from St. Louis University. She also studied scripture and spirituality at the Ursuline Generalate in Rome during her tertian year of spiritual renewal in 1977–1978.
Her many years of ministry included teaching elementary grades at SS. Peter and Paul in Alton, Illinois, and Our Lady of Guadalupe in Galveston, Texas, and teaching high school students at Ursuline Academy in Kirkwood, Missouri, and Marquette High School in Alton, Illinois. Sister Darlene also served as the prioress of Ursuline communities in Alton; Galveston, Texas; Kirkwood; and Springfield. In her semi-retirement, she was the assistant archivist for the Alton Ursuline community. She retired to Francis Place in 2016.