Springfield Dominican Sister M. Paulita Philippe died March 16, 2019, at Sacred Heart Convent. She was born in Livingston, Ill., in 1937, and named Annette Mary by her parents, Paul and Emma (Martinelli) Philippe. She made her profession of vows in 1959 at Sacred Heart Convent, Springfield, Ill.
Sister M. Paulita dedicated her life to education and pastoral ministry. She enjoyed especially her 15 years among Spanish-speaking Catholics in Rogers, Ark., east central Illinois, and Kankakee County during the final 16 years of active ministry. Early in her religious life she taught elementary grades at St. Agnes, Springfield; St. Christina, Chicago; St Bernadette, Evergreen Park; St. Francis, Jerseyville; and Holy Family, Decatur.
In 1978 she began ministering in programs of religious education for adults and children, including six years as director of adult education and liturgy at Holy Rosary Parish, Duluth, Minn., then for shorter periods of time at the Religious Education Center, Hillsboro; St. Thomas, Decatur; St. Jude, Rochester; and St. Mary, Assumption.
Sister M. Paulita was preceded in death by her parents and her sister Elaine Libbra. She is survived by her sister Dorothy (Marion) Tsupros and her brother Richard (Carol) Philippe, all of Livingston, Ill., many nieces, nephews, and beloved friends.
Visitors are welcome.
Visitation: 4:00 p.m. - 6:15 p.m., Tuesday, March 19, 2019 at Aquinas Center, Sacred Heart Convent, 1237 W. Monroe St. in Springfield. The visitation begins with a prayer service.
Funeral Mass: 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 19, 2019 at Sacred Heart Convent Chapel, Father Peter Witchousky, OP, celebrant.
Morning Prayer, Remembering, and Final Commendation: 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, March 20, 2019 at Sacred Heart Convent Chapel. Burial follows at Calvary Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Dominican Sisters Retirement Fund, 1237 W. Monroe St., Springfield, IL, 62704.
The Dominican Sisters and family of Sister M. Paulita are being served by Butler Funeral Homes, Springfield.