Mary Ann Fath, CSJ

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Mary Ann Fath, CSJ

February 15, 1934 • December 9, 2018

Mary Ann Fath, CSJ of St. Paul, died peacefully December 9, 2018 at Carondelet Village in St. Paul.

This witty "tell it like it is," lover of the land was born on a farm just east of De Graff, Minnesota, February 15, 1934.

Mass of Christian Burial was held 11:00 a.m., Friday, December 14, 2018 at Our Lady of the Presentation Chapel, 1884 Randolph Avenue, St. Paul with Visitation at 10:00 a.m preceding Mass. Burial was at Resurrection Cemetery in Mendota Heights

She attended high school at St. Mary's Academy in Graceville. It was there that she met the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet and at the young age of 18, went to St. Paul to enter the community. Her first vocational work began in food services for St. Mary Convent, St. Paul Seminary, and St. Joseph Academy in St. Paul, and later at St. James in Grand Forks, ND. From there Mary Ann found a long and lasting home at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, where she spent the next 44 years working in a variety of departments including: the library, purchasing, receiving and the mail room.

Her greatest joy came from the nearly 40 years she spent working in the greenhouse and with the grounds keeping crew.   She loved to be outdoors.  In 1987, she was named Staff Person of the Year for her service "above and beyond." Affectionally nicknamed "Sister John Deere," Mary Ann could always be found tending, planting, pruning and weeding, to which she would remark, "I often wish God hadn't made it so difficult to separate the wheat from the chaff in his big garden."

Preceded in death by parents: Margaret (McQuaid) and Peter J. Fath.

She is survived by sister Lois Hughes; brother Joseph Fath; many nieces and nephews; friends and the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet and Consociates.

Memorials preferred to the Sisters of St. Joseph Retirement Fund. Sister Mary Ann, rest in love and peace. O'Halloran & Murphy Funeral Home

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