CLINTON — Sister Catherine Coupe, age 93, of Clinton, died Tuesday, September 1, 2009, at The Alverno Health Care Facility in Clinton. A Mass of the Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, September 4th, at The Canticle in Clinton with the Rev. Msgr Francis C. Henricksen presiding. Visitation will be from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. Thursday at The Canticle where a rosary will be recited at 4:00 p.m. and a Scripture service at 6:00 p.m. Burial will be in St. Irenaeus Calvary Cemetery. Casket bearers will be relatives, friends and members of the Sisters of St. Francis.

Sister Catherine was born on September 4, 1915, in Rulo, Nebraska, the sixth of seven children of Richard S. and Josephine Ellen Miller Coupe. She was baptized Catherine Rosalia on September 6, 1915, at Immaculate Conception Church in Rulo. She had one brother, Stephen; and five sisters, Mary, Margaret, Ann, Agnes and Cecilia, all of whom are deceased.

Catherine Rosalia attended Immaculate Conception Elementary School in Rulo and graduated from Mount St. Clare Academy in 1931.

She entered the congregation of the Sisters of St. Francis at Mount St. Clare Convent, Clinton, Iowa, on December 8, 1928, and made her final profession on June 13, 1937.

Sister Catherine earned an A. A. degree at Mount St. Clare College; a B.A. degree at St. Ambrose College, Davenport, Iowa; an M.A. degree at the Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C., with a concentration in Spanish and Latin American history; and an M.A. degree at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, in romance languages. She also studied at the University of Iowa, Iowa City, and De Paul University, Chicago, Illinois. She pursued advanced studies in Spanish at Loyola University, Chicago, Illinois, and spent a year doing archival research in Seville and Madrid, Spain. She held Iowa elementary and secondary permanent professional teaching certificates.

Sister Catherine spent most of her 53 years of active ministry as a Spanish instructor at Mount St. Clare College, from 1959 to 1989. After withdrawing from classroom teaching, she offered private instruction in Spanish. Prior to teaching in college, she taught junior high school students in Perry and Denison, Iowa; and at St. Boniface School in Clinton. Other missions on which she served were St. Patrick, Missouri, and St. Francis de Paula School, Chicago, Illinois, where she taught for fifteen years.

Sister Catherine retired to Mount St. Clare Convent in 1990 and lived at The Canticle from 1997 until August, 2009, when she moved to The Alverno. She died at The Alverno on September 1, 2009.

Sister Catherine is survived by several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Stephen; and five sisters, Mary, Margaret, Ann, Agnes and Cecilia.

Death date: Sept. 1, 2009#

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