Sister Mary Gonzales, 85, convent dietitian

October 02, 2004

Sister Mary Sagrado Corazon Gonzales, a member of the Oblate Sisters of Providence and retired convent dietitian, died of a heart attack Sunday at her order's motherhouse in Catonsville. She was 85.

She was born and raised Jesusa Gonzales in San Juan, Puerto Rico, where she attended parochial schools.

She entered the religious order in 1948 and professed her vows in 1951. Over the years, she worked in various capacities at St. Frances Academy and St. Pius V Roman Catholic Church in Baltimore, Jesus Bambino Convent in Philadelphia and, for 28 years until retiring in 2001, as a dietitian at Holy Name of Mary Convent in Chicago.

"She was a very quiet, refined and sensitive individual," said the order's Sister Celestina Johnson. "She truly lived up to the question: How would you like to be remembered as an Oblate Sister of Providence? `Love the Lord by giving service to his people.'"

A Mass of Christian burial was offered yesterday at the motherhouse.

She is survived by several nieces and nephews.

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