A funeral service for Loretto Sister Rita Maureen Hurtt took place Oct. 23 in the Church of the Seven Dolors at Loretto Motherhouse in Nerinx, Ky. Sister Rita Maureen, a longtime elementary school educator who also served in pastoral ministry, died Oct. 19 at Loretto Motherhouse Infirmary. She was 90 and in the 72nd year of her religious commitment.
Born in St. Louis, Sister Rita Maureen entered the Sisters of Loretto at the Foot of the Cross in 1949 from St. Catherine Parish in Pagedale and was received into the Loretto congregation later that year. Sister Rita Maureen made her first vows in 1951 and final vows in 1954. She earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education, with a minor in English, in 1965 from Loretto Heights College in Denver.
Sister Rita Maureen had said that she was happiest when she was teaching little children. She also said it gave her great pleasure to remember that “no child left my first grade without learning to read.”
In the St. Louis Archdiocese, Sister Rita Maureen taught elementary students at Immaculate Conception School in St. Louis from 1968-71. She also performed service to her community while residing at the Loretto Center in St. Louis from 2010-16.
Sister Rita Maureen taught first-graders, was a pastoral associate, a substitute teacher, tutor and assisted with homebound people in Kansas City, Mo., where she also sang with the Cathedral Choir. She served in pastoral ministry in Lee’s Summit, Mo., taught and was a principal in Nevada, Mo., and taught elementary students in Colorado.
Sister Rita Maureen moved to Loretto Motherhouse in 2016. Burial was in Our Lady of Sorrows Cemetery on the grounds of Loretto Motherhouse.