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Published: Sunday, 12/25/2005

Nun taught in area high schools, was busy volunteer in retirement

Sister Mary Lourde Beauregard, who taught at various local Catholic high schools, including her alma mater, Notre Dame Academy, died at the Toledo Provincial House of the Sisters of Notre Dame yesterday morning. She was 76.

Sister Mary Lourde, who was born Janette Marie Beauregard, earned her bachelor's degree from Mary Manse College and master's degree at the University of Notre Dame.

She also took classes at the University of Toledo and Bowling Green State University to maintain her educational certifications. She also had a certificate in library science.

Sister Mary Patricia Snyder, who lives at the Provincial House, said Sister Mary Lourde enjoyed the challenge of teaching young people. She said Sister Mary Lourde loved literature and constantly sought out opportunities to improve her own education and skills.

"She enjoyed opening minds and watching those minds grasp new ideas," said Sister Mary Patricia. "She taught writing skills, a lot of creativity in writing, literature, and historical novels. The history of literature is fascinating and she enjoyed it."

Along with Notre Dame, Sister Mary Lourde taught at St. John in Delphos; St. Joseph in Fremont; St. Paul in Norwalk; St. Mary in Sandusky; and St. Wendelin in Fostoria.

Sister Mary Lourde began teaching in 1951 and, starting in the late 1970s, worked at Notre Dame's library until the early 1990s, Sister Mary Patricia said.

She also tutored women after she finished her teaching career. She helped women study for the GED at the Women Blessing Women organization, which helps women in poverty. "These women wanted to do something for themselves," Sister Mary Patricia said. "She took an interest in them and they were often able to accomplish more than what they thought they could."

After her retirement from education, she also worked in the Diocese of Toledo archives office. She was also a musician and sometimes gave lessons.

"She was a brilliant person and was part of a justice and peace organization and did their newsletter," Sister Mary Patricia said. "She was always outgoing and generous."

Visitation for Sister Mary Lourde will be from 3 to 8 p.m. tomorrow at the Toledo Provincial Center at 3837 Secor Rd. Funeral liturgy will be held at 10 a.m. in the Provincial Center chapel on Tuesday.

Tributes can be made to the Sisters of Notre Dame. Arrangements are by Abele Funeral Home.

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