Sister M. Dolorita Butkus, OSF, a Sister of St. Francis of the Providence of God for 79 years, died at the age of 97 on December 21, 2019. Sister M. Dolorita attended St. Peter & Paul School and Battin High School in Elizabeth N.J. After entrance Sister Dolorita taught primary grades for three years before receiving her RN from St. Francis Hospital in Peoria IL. After nursing several years at Good Samaritan Hospital in Mt. Vernon IL she trained as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist and Registered Respiratory Therapist. For the next twenty-four years, she served as the Director of Respiratory Therapy at Good Samaritan Hospital. Following pastoral care studies, she was Director of Pastoral Care at St. Joseph Hospital in Alton, IL. and Good Samaritan Hospital for ten years.
Sister Dolorita spent a year in a hermitage before, at age 70, she asked to serve her beloved Lithuania as a missionary which she did for the next fifteen years. She helped established St. Clare Hospice for the elderly poor and created a monthly food distribution program that continues today. In 2014, due to health concerns, Sister M. Dolorita moved to Westminster Place, Presbyterian SeniorCare, Oakmont PA, where she continued to spread God’s love and offered counseling and consolation.