Sister Dorothy Deal, 91, died at 6:35 p.m., Jan. 2, 2011, in Mother Theordore Hall, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods.
She was born in Brazil, July 3, 1919, to Lee J. and Elizabeth Mathis Deal, and was baptized Dorothy Helen.
Sister entered the Congregation of the Sisters of Providence Jan. 9, 1937, and was given the name Sr. Damien.
She professed First Vows Aug. 15, 1939, and Final Vows Aug. 15, 1945. She earned a bachelors degree from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College and a masters degree from Cardinal Stritch University.
Of her 74 years as a Sister of Providence, she ministered for in education for 40 years, teaching in elementary schools in Illinois, Indiana, Washington, D.C., and Massachusetts.
For seven of these years, she served as principal and for her last two years, she was a reading specialist for the United Southside Community Organization in Indianapolis.
From 1979-86, she was Coordinator of Facilities at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College.
She taught at Annunciation School in Brazil during the 1959-60 academic year and later returned there, her home parish, as parish secretary, from 1986-90.
In 1990, she returned to the Motherhouse and served in a variety of areas, including the Gift Shop at Providence Center.
She continued such service until her death.
Sister is survived by a sister, Rita Fritsch, nephews Donald L. Fritsch (Vicki), Brazil, Fr. Mike Fritch, Bloomington, great-nephew Don Fritsch, Indianapolis, great-niece Laura Fritsch Thompson (Danny), and great-great-nephews Caleb and Zachery Ellis, all of Brazil.
She is preceded in death by sister Mary Deal Monroe, a brother and sister in infancy, and great-great-nephew Devon Michael Ellis.
The wake is Thursday, Jan. 6, from 2:30-4:30 p.m., in the Church of the Immaculate Conception with the Wake Service at 4:30 p.m.
The Mass of Christian Burial is Friday, Jan. 7, at 11 a.m., with Fr. Michael Fritsch, Fr. Wm. Stumpf, and Fr. James Korressel presiding.
Burial is in the cemetery of the Sisters of Providence.
The Callahan-DeBaun Funeral Home assisted with arrangements.