May 28, 1920 – July 28, 2020
Sister Mary Ann Luth, OSU, died peacefully July 28, 2020, at St. Andrews at Francis Place in Eureka, Missouri, having celebrated her 100th birthday two months earlier.
The daughter of Louis H. and Marie Burke Luth, she was born May 28, 1920, in St. Louis. She graduated from Ursuline Academy in 1938, entered the Ursuline Sisters in 1940 and professed her vows in 1943. She earned a bachelor’s degree from the College of New Rochelle in New York and a master’s degree from St. Louis University.
An educator for more than 40 years, Sister Mary Ann taught at Ursuline Academy in Kirkwood, Missouri., from 1946-48 and 1949-55 and was principal from 1955-59. She taught at Eugene Coyle High School in Kirkwood from 1948-49.
Sister Mary Ann was president of Springfield College in Springfield, Illinois, from 1975-78. She taught at Marquette High School in Alton, Illinois, from 1971-73 and 1978-80 and was alumnae coordinator at Marquette from 1980-93. She was a councilor on the Central Province leadership team from 1966-71. She also served in Frontenac, Minnesota, and New Orleans, Louisiana.
“I wanted so much to go to a Catholic high school, but it was the depression and my father had to use his veteran’s pension for a cemetery plot for my little sister,” she once said when asked for thoughts about her life. “I prayed all through my eighth-grade year. At the end of the year, my grade point was second highest in the class and I got the scholarship to Ursuline. I didn’t know much about Ursuline, but the minute I walked in the door I knew it was where I was meant to be.”
Sister Mary Ann was preceded in death by her parents, brothers Louis H. Luth Jr. and James E Luth, and sisters Virginia Luth Polito and Elizabeth L. Luth. She is survived by her brother Frederick J. Luth, and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
A memorial Mass will be celebrated at a later date.