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Marie Louise (Bunny) Fitz-William

Birth:  Apr. 2, 1913
Profession:  Feb. 11, 1942
Death:  Aug. 18, 2009

Sister Marie Louise Fitz-William, beloved daughter of the late Charles Bernard (Raoul) and Marie Bain Fitz-William, sister of the late Lucie (Mrs. Bernard) Nordmann and brother Charles Fitz-William, beloved aunt of sister Lucie Nordmann, rscj, and nephews Bernard, Robert, William, David, Lawrence, John, and Christopher, died peacefully at Oakwood, retirement center of the Religious of the Sacred Heart, in Atherton, CA, on August 18, 2009, in her ninety-sixth year.

Sister Marie Louise, affectionately known as “Bunny,” was born on April 2, 1913, in St. Louis, attended the Academy of the Sacred Heart (City House), and graduated from Maryville College before entering the Society of the Sacred Heart in 1933. She made her final profession of vows in the Society at Kenwood, Albany, NY, in 1936.

During her long career as educator and librarian at the Sacred Heart schools in St. Louis, St. Charles, Cincinnati, and New Orleans, Sister Bunny, with a winning smile, a gentle manner, and great sense of humor, won the hearts of all who met her. After sixty-five years of dedicated ministry, she retired at Oakwood in 2001, where she continued to bring peace and joy wherever she was.

A requiem mass will be celebrated at Oakwood on monday, august 24, 9 a.M., To be followed by sharing of memories and a luncheon.


Submitted by Mark Whealen on

Dear Mother FitzWilliam I know that I am rather late in writing this but I know that you will forgive me. You were such a wonderful friend and inspiration to all who knew you. I thank God that I got to know you while I worked at the Academy of the Sacred Heart in St. Charles. I remember that you were always dressed in black from head to toe and that you worked in the library with Teresa Grass. There is a statue in the hallway of St. Madeleine dressed the same and one time a little primary student saw you and he told his teacher that he saw a statue walking. I still remember how your big toe used to stick out over your sandals. You were so genuine and so real and such a pleasant person to be around and you were a woman of an intense generosity and spirituality. You made everyone feel good just to be around you and that is a very special gift from God. Rest in peace my dear friend and one day we will meet again