Remembering Sister Gertrude Louise Donahue
Several months ago, a colleague asked people through social media which sisters they wanted to know more about.
Some of our Throwback Thursday blogs have been dedicated to the sisters on that list, including this blog, as this week, we will look back on the life of Sister Gertrude Louise Donahue.
Sister Gertrude Louise was born Grace Ann on Jan. 23, 1904, in Cannelburg, Indiana. In 1900, Cannelburg, located in Daviess County, had a population of 280. As of 2010, the population of the town was 135.
Sister Gertrude Louise entered the Sisters of Providence on Dec. 7, 1921, from St. Patrick in Montgomery, Indiana. She professed final vows on Aug. 15, 1929. She was a Sister of Providence for 66 years.
Sister Gertrude Louise earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College.
She taught in schools in Indiana, Illinois and Massachusetts.
Sister Gertrude Louise officially retired from teaching in 1973, but then began tutoring students at what was then known as the Gibault School for Boys, located in Terre Haute.
According to Sister Helen Joanne Godsil (RIP), in her later years, Sister Gertrude Louise dedicated a special part of her “prayers and interest” to Notre Dame football and the Boston Celtics.
Sister Helen said Sister Gertrude Louise’s “generosity and happy spirit were inspirations to us all.”