Saturday, November 8, 2003

Sister C. T. Reissig was happy to serve


At 70, convent cook trained to be infirmarian

By William A. Weathers
The Cincinnati Enquirer

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Sister Catharine

READING - Sister Catharine Therese Reissig, who cooked at various Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur convents for nearly 40 years, died Nov. 2 at the Mount Notre Dame Health Center in Reading. She was 89.

"It helps others to do their work efficiently when I do my work in the kitchen to keep sisters well and happy," Sister Catharine once said of her duties.

A Cincinnati native, Sister Catharine professed final vows in the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in 1943. She served as cafeteria manager and community cook at Notre Dame High in Chicago, and as a cook at the former Summit Convent and Mount Notre Dame Convent in Cincinnati, the former Holy Rosary Convent in Dayton and the former Notre Dame Education center in Hamilton.

At the age of nearly 70, Sister Catharine took up a new profession. Having attended night school to become a certified nurse's aide, she became the Hamilton convent's assistant infirmarian.

"She was beautiful person, so wholesome inside. She did everything for the love of and glory of God," said Rita Yokers, who taught Sister Catharine and became her friend of more than 20 years.

One of Sister Catharine's loves - besides making pickled watermelon rinds - was playing the harmonica. She owned six harmonicas, all from the German Hohner Music Co.

Sister Catharine is survived by brothers, Arnulf Reissig of Cincinnati, and Francis Reissig of Seattle.

Mass of Christian burial was celebrated Nov. 5 at Mount Notre Dame chapel in Reading, with burial in the convent cemetery.

E-mail bweathers@enquirer.com




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