Sister M. Ruthanne's Services
Private Mass of Resurrection at Sacred Heart Convent, Thursday, May 6, Father Michael DeTemple, celebrant; private burial, Calvary Cemetery, Friday, May 7.
Memorials to honor the memory of Sister M. Ruthanne may be made to the Dominican Sisters Retirement Fund, 1237 W. Monroe St., Springfield, IL, 62704. The Dominican Sisters and family of Sister M. Ruthanne are served by Butler Funeral Homes.
Springfield Dominican Sister M. Ruthanne Huss, OP, died peacefully, Monday, May 3, at St. John’s Hospital. She was born in Aurora, Ill., in 1933 to Francis J. and Ruth (Raboine) Huss and baptized Frances Jane. She joined the Dominicans in 1954 and professed her vows in 1956 at Sacred Heart Convent, Springfield, Ill.
Sister Ruthanne taught children of just about every grade level at schools throughout Illinois including Chicago, Springfield, Jacksonville, Odell, Mendota, Jerseyville, Carlinville, and Newton. For 10 years she taught at the public school in Sainte Marie and was principal 1965-1968. She served as librarian at Marian Catholic High School, Chicago, Heights, 1991-2002, then took on the same role at Sacred Heart Convent in 2003. Though she officially “retired” from the library in 2020, Sister Ruthanne continued to help her successor sort and catalogue new books whenever she could.
Sister Ruthanne was preceded in death by her parents, her stepmother Rosanna G. Long Huss, and her sister, Joyce Harner. Surviving are three nephews, three nieces, many great nieces and nephews, and dear friends.