Sister Mary Lucien Dippel
May 12, 1926 – June 10, 2020
Sr. Mary Lucien, OSB (formerly Doris Mae),
94, died peacefully of natural causes, on June 10, 2020 at St. Paul Hermitage where she was a resident. Sr. Mary Lucien was born on May 12, 1926 in Evansville, Indiana to the late John and Annette Dippel. Sr. Mary Lucien entered Monastery Immaculate Conception in Ferdinand, Indiana in 1943. She was a founding member of Our Lady of Grace Monastery in Beech Grove.
She graduated from Academy Immaculate Conception, Ferdinand, Indiana. She received her BS Degree in Education from St. Benedict College, an Associate’s Degree from Indiana Central and a BS Degree from Spalding University, both in Nursing. She began her career in the classroom in 1947 at St. Anthony School, Clarksville, Indiana. She also taught at St. Mary of the Knobs, Floyds Knobs, Indiana, St. Paul, Tell City, Indiana, St. Joseph, St. Joe Hill, Indiana and Transfiguration School in Florissant, Missouri. Sr. Mary Lucien went from the classroom into nursing in 1966. She worked at Clark Memorial Hospital in Jeffersonville, Indiana, in the Healthcare area of Our Lady of Grace Monastery and at St. Paul Hermitage. She retired in 1996.
Sr. Mary Lucien was preceded in death by her parents, brothers Albert, Jack and Daniel Dippel and sisters, Joyce Lawrence, Gloria Brack and Carol Heines. She is survived by her sisters, Jean Kruse of Evansville, Indiana and Charlotte Spond, of Littleton, Colorado, her Religious Community and many nieces and nephews.
Due to restrictions connected to the coronavirus, no public wake or funeral will be held. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Retired Sisters’ Fund, c/o Sisters of St. Benedict, 1402 Southern Avenue, Beech Grove, Indiana 46107 or online at www.benedictine.com. Little & Sons Funeral Home, Beech Grove, are entrusted with the arrangements.