Sister Delores Klupenger, SSMO
June 8, 1937 – July 26, 2019
Sr. Delores Klupenger (Delores Juanita Klupenger) was born June 8, 1937, in Woodburn, OR, to Joseph and Cecelia Klupenger. Sister attended Ascension Grade School Immaculata High School in Portland for three years and St. Mary of the Valley High School for one year. From 1958-1960, Sister attended Marylhurst College.
Sister Delores was received as a novice by the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon on August 15, 1958, and became known as Sr. Mary Dolorosa; in 1963 Sister made her perpetual profession. She served in various positions in the Community throughout her sixty-one years of Religious life: as housekeeper at St. Cecilia, Beaverton, and St. John, Milwaukie; in the laundry and the bakery at the Motherhouse; as Superior at the Motherhouse; as Superior in local parish convents, CCD Teacher and Tutor in Verboort; and as Superior and Teacher Aide in Stayton.
For many years Sister also coordinated activities for the Sisters, helped with driving, and served as the switchboard receptionist at the Motherhouse. Sister Delores’ genial disposition and friendly spirit brought joy wherever she served; she enjoyed life, friends, a good card game, and traveling.
One of her most memorable experiences was attending the Credo Program at Gonzaga in Spokane, Washington, in 1985-1986. Since 2014 Sister Delores has resided at Maryville Nursing Home.
Sister is survived by her Sisters in Community, her brother, Ray, sister-in-law Candace, as well as beloved nieces and nephews, and many friends. She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Ron, and her sister, Carol.
Memorial offerings may be directed to the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon Retirement Fund.
May Sister Delores rest in God’s embrace!
- Vigil Service Monday, August 5, 2019
- Mass of Christian Burial Tuesday, August 6, 2019
- Interment Wednesday, August 7, 2019
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