Hospital Sisters of the Third Order Regular of St. Francis
"The saints are like the stars. In his providence Christ conceals them in a hidden place that they may not shine before others when they might wish to do so. Yet they are always ready to exchange the quiet of contemplation for the works of mercy as soon as they perceive in their heart the invitation of Christ." Anthony of Padua
While the Church was getting ready to celebrate the feast of Pentecost, Sister Mary Frances Lutty decided to celebrate it in heaven. She bid farewell to her earthly life in the presence of Sr. Marilyn McCormick on Saturday, May 30, 2020, at 4:56 A.M.
Sister Mary Frances, the former Anna May Lutty, was born in Pittsburgh, PA, on July 26, 1921, the daughter of Frank. and Josephine Fichter Lutty. She entered the Congregation on February 2, 1950, and professed her religious vows on October 4, 1952.
Sister Mary Frances spent many years working in the Accounting Office at St. John’s Hospital, Springfield, at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Chippewa Falls, and at the Motherhouse. Besides dealing with the numbers, she ministered to our Sisters as the Religious Leader for the Motherhouse Sisters. In 1982, Sister Mary Frances was elected as General Councilor and lived in Muenster, Germany, for six years. Upon her return, Sister assumed the duty as Secretary/Receptionist for the Franciscan Apostolic Center until 1993 when she opted to be a volunteer at St. John’s Hospital. Since 2010, Sister spent many hours at St. Clare of Assisi Chapel praying for the many needs of the people and our Hospitals. Sister had a very special devotion to St. Anthony of Padua.
Sister Mary Frances was a Microcom Team Member and played a vital role in helping many Sisters to be comfortable with the changes that Vatican II requested. Many of us knew the serious and very prayerful side of her, however, Sister Mary Frances had also a very humorous side which was displayed at unexpected times.
Mr. Leo Lenn had the privilege of working with Sister Mary Frances. He said: “Sister Mary Frances was one of the hardest working, no nonsense-minded and sincere persons that
I have worked with in my time with the Hospital Sisters. As I reflect upon her life, she served Christ in such a quiet, prayerful, and unassuming manner. I am confident Christ now has her with him. May God bless her. I am privileged to have worked with and for her. God surely knows how faithfully she served Him.”
Many Sisters in Germany still remember Sister Mary Frances. One of them shared this memory: “Sister Mary Frances always called us by our name during her time here as General Councilor; that was very special, and I always felt that she was really very present to me. Sister was very open and interested in the Sisters here in Germany and to all German news. She had a special interest in our International Community and was very open minded. Sister was very accurate in all her writings and paperwork.”
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Thomas and Anthony Lutty; two sisters, Dorothy Lutty and Catherine Wagner, as well as a foster sister, Betty Reith.
She is survived by one sister-in-law Pauline Lutty, Baton Rouge, LA, many nephews, nieces, great nieces, great nephews, and great-great nephews and great-great nieces. We offer Sister Mary Frances’ family and friends our sincere condolences and the prayerful support of the Christian community.
Private burial services, including the Mass of Christian Burial, will be held on Tuesday, June 2, 2020. Burial will follow in Crucifixion Hill Cemetery. May she rest in peace.