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Sister Mary Bernard Clare Budde 1927-2020

Posted on: August 24, 2020 5:00 pm
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Sister Mary Bernard Clare Budde (1927-2020)

Margaret Mary Budde was born on April 12, 1927, to Clara and Bernard Budde in Ft. Thomas, Kentucky. The fourth oldest of seven children, Peggy described her family as loving and joyful. She enjoyed daily life on their livestock farm, working and playing with her brothers and sisters.

She attended Sacred Heart Elementary School, Bellevue, Kentucky, and then graduated from Notre Dame Academy in 1945. After graduating, she attended Villa Madonna College (now Thomas More University) and entered the Sisters of Notre Dame in 1946. She made her profession of vows on August 10, 1949.

Sister Bernard Clare began her sixty years of teaching elementary grades at St. Martin School in Cheviot, Ohio.  She was a born teacher and served as both teacher and principal for various elementary schools in the Dioceses of Covington, Kentucky; Lexington, Kentucky; and Birmingham, Alabama.  Her most fulfilling ministry was the ten years she spent teaching visually impaired students at Mother of God School and Sacred Heart School.  She felt that these students were the happiest children with whom she ever worked.

Sister Bernard Clare retired to the SND Provincial Center, St. Joseph Heights, in 2008.  For a number of years, she helped coordinate weekly activities for the sisters in Lourdes Hall Care Center. It gave her great joy to be of service to her community in this manner. Many treasured the stories she shared about her childhood and how she grew in her faith. 

Sister Bernard Clare was truly full of God’s love and brought it to all those around her. Community members enjoyed being with her at meals and during family recreation.  There was often laughter in Sister’s company.

Sister Bernard Clare went home to God peacefully on August 20, 2020. She is preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Jerome Budde and sisters Bernadette Singer, Mary Alice Martz, and Claire Jacobs. She is survived by her brother, Dr. Richard Budde, and her sister Virginia Ann Conrady. Sister also leaves behind many beloved nieces and nephews.

Due to the current healthcare restrictions on gatherings, a private Mass will take place at St. Joseph Heights chapel, followed by burial in the convent cemetery. A celebration of Sister Mary Bernard Clare’s life will be held for family and friends at a later date.

Anne thielen
Date: on August 24, 2020

My deepest sympathy to Sister’s family and the Sisters of Notre Dame community. RIP

Alyson Utterback
Date: on August 24, 2020

RIP Sr Bernard Clare. You were a very gentle soul and I appreciate the time I spent with you when we lived together. Heaven has one more angel. Blessings to all her family and the Sisters on their loss of this beautiful soul.

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