In Memoriam: Sister Marie Jeanne

Entered eternal life on Saturday, February 19, 2011 at the age of 64. Sister was born Jeanne Marie Ranallo in St. Paul, Minnesota on January 28, 1947. She was the daughter of Paulina A. Vanasse and the late Emil Ranallo. In addition to the members of her religious community, Little Sisters of the Poor, Sr. Marie Jeanne is survived by four sisters, Kathryn McMonigal, Richelle (Michael) Kuhl, Patti Jo Frazer (Tom) and Mary (Jack) Ritt and 8 nieces and nephews, and many great nieces and nephews.

Sr. Marie Jeanne entered the little Sisters of the Poor and pronounced her vows on March 19, 1970 and celebrated her 25th Jubilee in Indianapolis in 1995. Throughout her life as a Little Sister, Sr. Marie Jeanne spent countless hours developing special relationships with the local community and benefactors as head of Development and as the primary “begging sister.” Among others, our homes in New Orleans, Indianapolis, Cleveland and Newark were blessed to benefit from her devotion to St. Jeanne Jugan and her commitment to the elderly in the communities she served. She was always aware of the needs of the benefactors and made friends throughout the homes where she was assigned. Sr. Marie Jeanne had been at Jeanne Jugan Residence since August 2007. Sr. Marie Jeanne used her intuitive intellect to create new and fun activities to support the home’s financial needs. Her phrase of thank you will always be remembered by those she touched in her daily collections: “God bless you for your kindness and we will pay you in prayer!”

Visitation will take place on Thursday, February 24th between 3 and 7 p.m. with the rosary at 4:30 p.m. at Jeanne Jugan Residence, 185 Salem Church Road, Newark, DE 19713.  Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday at 11:00 a.m. at the Residence. Interment will follow at Cathedral Cemetery, Wilmington.

Per Sr. Marie Jeanne’s request, memorial contributions to the Little Sisters of the Poor at the Jeanne Jugan Residence, Newark are welcome.