Sister Mary Julaine Middendorf 1940-2019

Posted on: January 21, 2019 9:00 am
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Sister Mary Julaine Middendorf, SND (1940-2019)

Sister Mary Julaine (Mary Jalaine) Middendorf was born in Covington, Kentucky, on December 26, 1940, to William and Emma Middendorf. She was the seventh arrival of 10 children. Her parents’ nurturing and strong faith created a very loving environment for her family.

As a child, Jalaine heard God’s call to religious life when she was in the second grade and continued to grow in that desire through high school. After graduating from Notre Dame Academy in 1958, Jalaine entered the Sisters of Notre Dame and professed her first vows on August 15, 1961.

Sister Mary Julaine received her bachelor's degree in education from Villa Madonna College (Thomas More University) in 1965. She started her ministry teaching the primary grades in the Diocese of Covington and Cincinnati. In 1971, she received her master's degree in religious education at the Jesuit University in Detroit, Michigan. Sister Mary Julaine served as Director of Religious Education for 29 years at several parishes and at the Covington Diocesan Religious Education Office. She also started the Pastoral Ministry Department at St. Claire HealthCare in Morehead, Kentucky, where she worked for 3 years.

After fifty years in ministry, Sister Mary Julaine retired but continued her community service to the Sisters of Notre Dame. She enjoyed teaching and considered it a privilege to bring children and adults to a closer relationship with Jesus.

On January 19, 2019 Sister Mary Julaine went home to God very peacefully surrounded by her loving sisters and family. She was preceded in death by her parents, her brothers, Ralph, Father Cyril, SM, and Robert Middendorf, and her sisters, Dorothy Byrne, and Jean Doellman. She leaves behind her brother, Jerry Middendorf, and her sisters, Donna McMurrer and Paula Wood. Sister Mary Julaine also leaves behind many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will begin at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 22, 2019, at the Sister of Notre Dame Provincial Center, 1601 Dixie Highway, Covington, KY, followed by the Wake Service at 5:00 p.m.  Mass of Christian Burial will be at 7:00 p.m. in the convent chapel. Interment will be held at a later date in the convent cemetery.

Joe Spenneberg
Date: on January 31, 2019

Sister Mary Juliane became my 6th grade teacher at St. John's in Carrollton, KY shortly after our father had abandoned us and I was well on the way to becoming a juvenile delinquent. From the beginning she treated me like the person I had the potential to be, not as the angry and rebellious punk I had become. She taught me to love music, reading and math and, most importantly, to believe in myself and to not accept anything less than my best effort. I hope she puts a good word in for me with the Almighty.

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