Christian Education

Obituary of Catherine Maloney (1931 – 2021) – Milan, IL

Sister Catherine Patricia Ann Maloney, BSF

May 11, 1931 – November 18, 2021

Sister Catherine Patricia Ann Maloney, OSB, 90, of St. Mary’s Monastery, Rock Island, IL, passed away Thursday, November 18, 2021 at the monastery.

A private mass live from the Christian burial will take place on Monday, November 22 at 10:00 a.m. in the chapel of the Monastery of St. Mary. Mass will be broadcast on the Facebook page of the monastery of the Benedictine Sisters of Saint Mary. A private tour will take place at 4 p.m. and wake-up service at 7 p.m. on Sunday, November 21. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery, Rock Island. Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home, Milan, IL, assistance with arrangements. Memorials can be made at St. Mary’s Monastery, Rock Island.

Catherine Patricia Ann Maloney was born May 11, 1931 in Estherville, Iowa, daughter of James Edward and Mildred Truesdell Maloney. She graduated from St. Mary’s Elementary and High School, Moline, IL. Sister Catherine attended St. Ambrose University (BA in education) and the University of Illinois (MA in education) and St. Norbert’s College (theology). Sister Catherine entered the Benedictine community on August 15, 1949 and made her perpetual profession on August 24, 1954.

Sister Catherine taught in Illinois elementary schools in Atkinson, Clinton, Peoria, Monmouth, Wenona, Chicago and Alleman High School, Rock Island and St. Mary’s Academy, Nauvoo. She also taught in Munster, IN. She spent 25 years in pastoral care at Methodist Medical Center, Peoria, IL, Franciscan Medical Center, Rock Island and Illinois Valley Community Hospital, LaSalle, IL, St. Augustine Manor, Peoria, IL and Hospice at Genesis Hospital in Davenport, Iowa .

Sister Catherine is survived by her Benedictine sisters; his brother, Thomas Maloney; his sister, Mary Elizabeth Walsh; and nieces and nephews.

Sister was predeceased by her parents; mother who raised her, Mary Mortensen Maloney; her twin, Nancy Ann Gilhooly and her sister, Maureen Patricia Porter.

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Published by Quad-City Times on November 20, 2021.