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Sr Mary Andrew Rauwolf
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Birth: May 1, 1902
Blue Island
Cook County
Illinois, USA
Death: Jan. 8, 1961
Wisconsin, USA

On a casual encounter with Sister Mary Andrew, one got the impression that life had been very good to her. She had an incisive mind, good common sense, a pleasant disposition, varied talents, and a keen sense of the spiritual. She was a well-liked, understanding and capable teacher, with a wide range of fields. Biology, however, was her favorite. Possessing a green thumb, she had a magic way with growing things. In the community, she was a "Jack-of-all-trades" and master of many. She was as handy with a hammer and saw as she was with pliers that fashioned the most exquisite rosaries, which she made even on her hospital bed. Highly sensitive, she was quick to respond to the unexpressed needs of others.

Meanwhile, through suffering, there was taking place in her soul a process of refinement and purification. The transformation was complete.

In the Scriptures, death is pictured as the welcoming of a servant into the joy of his Lord; a faithful servant found watching on the return of his Lord from a journey; or as wise virgins hastening with well trimmed lamps, to meet the Bridegroom. For Sister Mary Andrew, death was all of these things and more a release from the shackles of pain, an entrance into Life after years of daily dying, Sister's jovial manner, her sheer joy in living, her helpfulness to others belied the inner conflict that is a natural concomitant of sickness.

For a period of nine years before her death, Sister experienced a prolonged agony. During her last illness, she virtually lived on borrowed blood. It required transfusion after transfusion to keep her alive. With an indomitable will she spent the first semester of 1960 between classroom and hospital bed at St. Elizabeth's, Appleton, WI. On Christmas eve surgery was performed to remove a blood clot, but Sister's time was rapidly running out. On January 8, at 6:30 AM, she died quietly, peacefully. At her bedside were her superior, Sister Lucille Marie of St. Mary, Menasha; several Sisters from the mission; her sister, Sister Mary Anne SSND and her sister Regina of Blue Island.

On January 9, her body lying in state at St. Mary Convent was viewed by large numbers of students and parishioners who were generous with Mass stipends. Mother General Mary Ambrosia, on visitation at Green Bay, attended the funeral Mass at St. Mary Church, after which her body was taken to Elm Grove for burial. Father Joseph Becker, pastor of St. Mary conducted services at the grave. Present also, were representatives of the Alumnae Association of the Academy of Our Lady, Longwood, IL for which Sister had, for many years, been moderator.

Sister Mary Andrew was born Julia Therese Rauwolf May 1, 1902 at Blue Island, Illinois, the fourth on nine children of Anna Baumann and Andrew Rauwolf. In her biography, Sister mentions her love of good times, which her good father wisely knew how to moderate. Before her entrance into the convent, she accompanied her cousin in a visit to the Motherhouse. She found it a dreary place and then declared that this was the first and last visit. Four years later, October 4, 1920, she entered. She says, "Since then, two of my sisters have heeded the Master's call. The younger of the two shares with me the privilege of being a daughter of Our Lady; the other, was a hospital Sister of St. Mary whose motherhouse is in St. Louis, but has preceded us to eternity."

Some of the missons which have been beneficiaries of her spirit of dedication are: St. Michael, Chicago; Notre Dame, Chippewa Falls, WI; Academy of Our Lady, Longwood, Illinois (Longwood is now Chicago); Mount Mary College, Milwaukee, WI and St. Mary, Menasha, WI.

The external and internal sufferings Sister endured can only be guessed from the report of the autopsy. If one were to explain her prolongation of life in natural terms, it might be said it was her zest for life; in supernatural terms, a miracle. May she rest in peace! 
 
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 Parents:
  Andrew Rauwolf (1869 - 1956)
  Anna Baumann Rauwolf (1872 - 1943)
 
 Siblings:
  Agnes Rauwolf Gaboriault (1896 - 1969)*
  Regina R. Rauwolf (1898 - 1995)*
  Anthony Bernard Rauwolf (1900 - 1971)*
  Mary Andrew Rauwolf (1902 - 1961)
  Mary Anne Rauwolf (1913 - 2005)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
School Sisters of Notre Dame Cemetery
Elm Grove
Waukesha County
Wisconsin, USA
 
Created by: Queen Graver
Record added: May 22, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 52699362
Sr Mary Andrew Rauwolf
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Sr Mary Andrew Rauwolf
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 Added: Jan. 8, 2014
Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for her!
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