Sister Rosella Uding, CDP, formerly Sister Mary Ronald, died on Saturday, June 15, 2019, at Passavant Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She was 72 years old.
She was born April 9, 1947 in rural Ste. Genevieve, a daughter of Raymond and Lucille (Hoog) Uding.
She is survived by her siblings and their spouses, Carl and Karen Uding, Vincent and Sue Uding, Marjory and John Flieg, Geralyn and Mark Henderson, Gerard and Mary Ann Uding, Myra and Bill Flieg, Catherine Rainey, Charles and Michelle Uding, Ronald and Lorraine Uding; a sister-in-law, Judy Uding; many nieces, nephews, grand-nieces, grand-nephews; the Sisters of Divine Providence and their associates.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one brother, Edmond; and one brother-in-law, Harold Rainey.
She was the fourth of 11 children, and she grew up sharing in all the family activities and responsibilities with her siblings on the Uding family farm. She enjoyed a close relationship with all of her family throughout her entire life.
She entered the Sisters of Divine Providence in 1963 and made final vows on August 21, 1971. She was an elementary school teacher for a total of 10 years at the following schools: North American Martyrs School and Ascension School in St. Louis; St. Elizabeth School in Granite City, Illinois; and St. Mary/St. Mary School in Madison, Illinois. Always an educator at heart she also felt drawn towards the formation of the spiritual lives of youth. She had a desire to reach a greater number of children and saw that ministry as a director of youth and of religious education in a parish would allow her to reach more children in parish.
She had obtained a bachelor of science in education in 1971 and in 1981 received a master’s degree in religious education from Seattle University. She followed her dream by ministering as the director of religious education at St. Elizabeth Church in Granite City, Illinois, from 1980 until 1988 and as the minister of children and youth at Holy Family Church in Litchfield, Illinois, from 1988 until 2003. After taking a sabbatical, she worked for a short time as director of religious education at St. Matthew Parish in Alton, Illinois, in 2003. She then became the administrator of the Generalate (International Headquarters) of the Sisters of Divine Providence in Wakefield, Rhode Island, from 2004 until 2007, followed by serving as vocation director from 2007 until 2008. At the time of her death she had been serving as director of religious education at St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Wheeling, West Virginia, since 2009.
Her long terms of service in parishes showed her commitment to providing spiritual formation to generations of children from their earliest school days through high school and beyond. She endeared herself to families, supporting them and participating in the highs and lows of their lives.
Visitation will be 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, June 27, at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City. A Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Friday, June 28, at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church in Granite City, Illinois. Rev. Jeff Holtman will officiate. Burial will be at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in St. Louis. Irwin Chapel is handling the arrangements.
Memorials may be made to Sisters of Divine Providence, 9000 Babcock Blvd, Allison Park, PA 15101. They also will be accepted at the funeral home.