Sr. Mary Jeanne Frances Cleves 1934-2018

Posted on: March 20, 2018 1:00 pm
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Sr. Mary Jeanne Frances Cleves 1934-2018

Sister Mary Jeanne Frances was born Virginia Cleves on August 10, 1934 in Covington, Kentucky.  Her parents, Edgar and Regina Cleves, raised eight children, six boys and two girls. She spent a happy and carefree childhood in the security of her large family and said that her close connection to her siblings was an important foundation of her life. 

Sister Jeanne Frances always wanted to become a nurse. She felt she first had to give her life to God and then she could help others. She often thought she had guides in her life, people who seemed to speak for God. Her sister, Sister Virginia Ann Cleves, SND, and the Sisters of Notre Dame inspired her to choose religious life. At the age of 19 she joined the Sisters of Notre Dame and made her profession of vows on August 22, 1955.

Sister Jeanne Frances attended Saint Frances Central School of Nursing and obtained her degree as a Licensed Practical Nurse in 1961. She then served as a nurse at Lourdes Hall Care Center in the Covington Provincial Center, St. Charles Care Center (now St. Charles Community) in Covington, Kentucky, and St. Claire Hospital (now St. Claire HealthCare) in Morehead, Kentucky. She was also a Second Lieutenant in the Civil Air Patrol.

In May 1977, Sister Jeanne Frances traveled to Indonesia and ministered as a missionary nurse at a hospital in Pekalongan, Indonesia. Five years later, she returned to serve the people of Eastern Kentucky at what she called her home: St. Claire HealthCare in Morehead. She was among the first sisters at St. Claire when it opened in 1963 and touched countless lives in her 45 years of service there.  It seemed that everyone knew Sister Jeannie, as she was called there.

Sister Jeanne Frances retired in December 2016 and moved to the Lourdes Hall Care Center in Covington. She continued to enliven those around her with stories of past ministries and friendships she formed in more than fifty years as a nurse. Her enthusiasm and genuine love of those she served will be greatly missed.

Sister Jeanne Frances went home to God, surrounded by her family and sisters, on Saturday, March 17, 2018. She is preceded in death by her parents, her sister, Sister Mary Virginia Ann Cleves, SND, and her brothers Father Simeon, OFM, Deacon Joseph, William, and John Cleves. She leaves behind her brothers Edgar, Jr., and Charles Cleves, and leaves many beloved nieces and nephews. 


Wednesday, March 21, 2018
4:00 p.m. Visitation in the Large Meeting Room
5:00 p.m. Wake Service in the Large Meeting Room
7:00 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial in the St. Joseph Heights Chapel 
All services take place at the Sisters of Notre Dame Provincial Center, 1601 Dixie Highway, Covington, KY 41011. There is limited parking in the front; additional parking is accessible by entering the grounds at the Notre Dame Academy entrance (Hilton Drive and Dixie Highway).

Interment will follow 8:30 a.m. Mass on Thursday, March 22, 2018, in the convent cemetery.

In the coming weeks a celebration of Sister Jeannie’s life will be held in Morehead, Kentucky.

Suggested links:

Sr. Jeanne Frances receives Hal Rogers Difference Maker Award

St. Claire on KET 

Lourdes Hall news




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