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Sister Paulette Traut

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“Do not let your hearts be troubled.” These are good words when someone dies, especially when it is someone who has been a part of our lives for many, many years. At the time of death there is always a sense of emptiness, but also the reassurance that our loved one is at home - home with the Lord.

On November 30, 2009, Sister Paulette Traut did go home, home to the one she knew and loved so well. The Hindu people refer to death as the quenching of a lamp because the dawn has come. For Sister Paulette the dawn of a new day has come, the day that will not end has come. The light that she now enjoys is that of Christ.

Sister Paulette’s journey began February 3, 1922, as the daughter of Adam and Maude Traut. Sister Paulette, formerly known as Mary Kathleen (Kay), grew up in Dubuque, attended St. Patrick Grade School and St. Joseph Academy. She entered the Presentation community on September 8, 1939, and finished high school at St. Columbkille.

Sister received her bachelor’s degree from Loras College and her master’s degree from Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee. Throughout her 50 years of teaching, she shared in the Presentation mission by teaching all grade levels in Catholic schools and in religious education programs. Sister Paulette was one of the first to receive the Master Teacher Award from the Diocese of Sioux City in 1986.

Throughout her life Sister was a lover of music and dance and was always involved with the dramatic arts in the schools as she helped with school musical programs. Sister Paulette had many hobbies among which were traveling. She especially enjoyed her trip to Italy with her family and the opportunity to visit the pope while there. She enjoyed crossword puzzles, art, music, dance and reading. Those of us who had the privilege of living with Sister knew she was seldom seen without a book in her hand.

Sister Paulette appreciated her family, the Presentation sisters, her friends and the nurses and staff at Mount Loretto. As she prayed so often, “I thank everyone who has shared my life in any way.  I appreciate them and thank God for them.” 

We have no idea what eternal life is - the scriptures sometimes speak about it as a meal or a banquet to which everyone is called and sometimes as a paradise in which there will be no more tears. Sister Paulette spent the last several years in a wheel chair praying for the needs of the community. We rejoice that she is home and now enjoying the banquet.

If you would like to make a memorial gift in memory of Sister Paulette, click here.

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