After suffering a stroke last night, Sister Mary Fidelis Kreutzer SSMO ’44 went home to God early this morning. Sister was 84 years old. Sister Mary Fidelis will be greatly missed. See her obituary published by the Catholic Sentinel online Nov. 11. Video footage from Sisters Vigil and Funeral are available at www.valleycatholictv.com.
Vigil Service – November 10 at 7:00 p.m. – Motherhouse of the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon
Mass of Christian Burial – November 11 at 4:00 p.m. – Motherhouse Chapel
Interment – November 12 at 9:00 a.m. in the Sisters’ Cemetery
Memorial offerings may be directed to the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon Foundation for the Valley Catholic Elementary School Scholarship Fund.
Sister M. Fidelis (Helen Marie) Kreutzer was born on October 4, 1925, in Sheridan, Oregon where she attended public elementary school before attending St. Mary of the Valley High School (now known as Valley Catholic).
Sister was received as a novice by the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon in 1942 and became known as Sister M. Fidelis. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Marylhurst in 1952, a Master’s Degree in Education from Gonzaga University in 1958, and a PhD in Education Administration and Supervision in 1965 from Loyola University, Chicago.
Her love for the education of youth was displayed in these locations beginning in 1944: St. Mary, Stayton; St. Andrew, Portland; St. John, Milwaukie; Our Lady of Sorrows, Portland; and St. Mary of the Valley Elementary School where she served as teacher, vice-principal and principal for twenty-nine years. Her doctoral studies served the education world well as she ministered in these areas: Marylhurst Education Department, Education Supervisor for the SSMO Community; and the Archdiocesan Education Office.
Sister M. Fidelis’ leadership within the Community was graciously and generously manifested during the three terms during which she served on the Sisters’ Council and the two terms (1976-1985) she ministered as the Superior General. Her last service to the Community was as archivist, from 1996 to the day before she died!
Her boundless energy enabled her to engage in other areas of interest and service: Charter Member of the Archdiocesan Board of Education, serving as secretary; Chair of the Education Committee, Beaverton Area Chamber of Commerce; Secretary-Treasurer of LCWR Region XV; Member of the Board of Directors for Cox-Cable of Washington County; Secretary for Northwest Association of Bishops and Religious Superiors; Member of the Board of Oregon Catholic Press; Member of the Board of Central Catholic High School; Member of the Board of Directors for Maryville Nursing Home; and Member of the Archbishop’s Task Force on “Education for Chastity”.
In 1993, Sister Fidelis received the Pro Ecclesia et Pontifica medal given by the Pope in recognition of outstanding service to the Church.
Sister died at the Motherhouse of the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon on November 5, 2009. May she rest in peace.