Sister Mary Louise Hartwig, OSB, fourth prioress of the Benedictine Sisters in Lisle died at the age of 93 on September 4, 2007.
From St. Vitus Parish in the Archdiocese of Chicago, Illinois Agnes Hartwig attended Sacred Heart Academy in Lisle. After graduating Magna Cum Laude from Loyola University, Sister taught at Sacred Heart Academy and grade schools until 1947. Sister then to moved to assuming leadership roles as Treasurer and Prioress until 1973. After her term in office she returned to the educational field and parish work as secretary and organist at Holy Trinity Parish in Haugen Wisconsin until 1985, when she retired.
A highlight of Sister’s career was receiving certification for transcribing Braille for the blind, and then working as a volunteer to assist them. Sister also enjoyed assisting with the PADS Program (Public Assistance to Deliver Shelter) for the homeless. Sister served as the editor of the Lisle Benedictine Women during the 70’s.
After funeral services on Saturday, September 8th, Sister Mary Louise was buried in St. Scholastica Cemetery on the monastery grounds. Surviving members of her family are her brother Edward, nephew Brother Louis Hurcik, CSC and nieces Mary Lou Johnson, & Valerie Navarre.