Sister Mary David Hartse

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Sister Mary David Hartse, osu age 88 

 Sister Mary David Hartse osu, (baptismal name-Lenora May) a member of the Ursuline Community in Moscow, Idaho peacefully answered the call of God to “come home” on Tuesday morning, February 7th, 2017 at Good Samaritan Moscow Village.

Sister Mary David will lie in state at Short’s Funeral Chapel at 1225 E 6th St, Moscow, ID beginning Thursday at Noon.

The vigil service (rosary and sharing of memories of Sister’s life) will be at Short’s starting at 6:00 PM Friday, February 10th.

The Mass of Resurrection celebrating Sister Mary David’s life will be at St. Augustine’s Church, 628 S Deakin St, Moscow, ID at 10:30 AM on Saturday, February 11th.

Fr. Chase Hasenoehrl, Fr. Joseph McDonald and Fr. Joseph Schmidt will be concelebrants. Following Mass, burial will take place at the Moscow Cemetery. After the graveside, there will be a luncheon at St. Mary’s Family Center, 618 E 1st St, Moscow, ID to which all are invited to come and share.

Sister Mary David is survived by her many nieces and nephews and other relatives. She was predeceased by her father and mother: Joseph M. and Nora O’Keefe Hartse and by her siblings: eight sisters, Cleo, Ruth, Madge, Edna, Ethel, Patricia, Hazel and Mary and four brothers, Dennis, Leslie, Justin and James.

She was born in Golva, North Dakota on September 13, 1928, one of thirteen children in the family. When she was in high school, she boarded at Ursuline Academy in Miles City, Montana. It was there that she came to know and felt drawn to answer the call to being an Ursuline Sister. After high school, in 1947, she entered the Ursulines. After receiving her college degree from the College of New Rochelle, NY, she served in several areas of ministry:

  • Taught in elementary schools in Great Falls, Montana, Moscow, Idaho and Santa Rosa, California
  • She worked many years in elementary school administration, especially at Our Lady of Lourdes in Great Falls, Montana as well as Holy Family School in the same city. She served as principal at St. Mary’s Catholic School in Moscow, Idaho for six years.
  • For over six years she gave service in the Ursuline Order as a counselor for the Western Province (that covers the states of Montana, Idaho, California and Alaska).
  • She also served in campus ministry for many years working at Newman Centers, at St. Augustine’s Catholic Center in Moscow, Idaho and at Boise State University. Working with the youth at the university level was a great love of her life.
  • Prior to returning to Moscow, she lived and ministered at Prairie Towers in Billings, MT.
  • In the last few years, even though she herself was physically incapacitated and needed care at Good Samaritan Village Care Center, Sr. Mary David still reached out to provide care and solace to her fellow patients as well as staying in touch with family and those she ministered to for many years.

The Ursuline Community wishes to express its deepest gratitude to the many friends and family of Sister Mary David for their solicitous and caring friendship for so many years.  The Ursulines also want to express their deepest appreciation to the entire staff at Good Samaritan Village in Moscow for their wonderful service and compassionate care since 2013.

Memorials may be made either to: St. Mary’s School Foundation Fund, P.O. Box 8485, Moscow, ID 83843 or to Ursuline Sisters Retirement Fund, 639 Angela Drive, Santa Rosa, CA 95403.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Shorts Funeral Chapel in Moscow, ID and online condolences may be sent to


4 Responses to Sister Mary David Hartse

  1. Matthew Beck says:

    Thank you Sister for changing my life for the better. Because oh her I’ve worked in Catholic ministry for 23 years.

  2. Peggy Rowe says:

    In thanksgiving for the many years that we were “companions on the journey”. You enriched my life Sister Mary David. With love in the Spirit of St Angela!

  3. Justin J Bishop says:

    I was a student of Sister David’s in Great Falls, Montana for many a year. She was always good to me and my family. After years of being her student we were partners in ministry. After she left Great Falls it wasn’t the same especially at Lourdes. Save us a place Sister David till all get there.

  4. Sammy Ryan says:

    My Dearest Mother David, [ Which was the name we boarders knew you by.] I was lucky to board at Ursuline Academy for the school year 1955/1956 during my eighth grade of school. You were lucky enough to ride herd over we “older boarders” —giggle-. What a kick you were ! I have a picture of you playing “cowboys and Indians. ” With your six shooters strapped on. I never saw you mad. More than anything I remember your long stride. When you were headed someplace you got there in short order. I can’t think of enough “good” adjectives to say about you . ‘Tho I haven’t seen you for sixty years all my memories are fantastic. I thank our Lord for bringing you into my life !! Known as Marilyn Story back then. Now known as Sammy Ryan

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