Charlene Jacobs, SCN

Posted by Spalding Hurst

July 23, 2015


Charlene Jacobs, SCN (baptized Mary Marlene Jacobs), 72, a native of Lexington, Kentucky, died at Carrico Hall at Nazareth, Kentucky, on July 22, 2015. She had been a Sister of Charity of Nazareth for 53 years.

Sister Charlene served in elementary education as both teacher and principal in Kentucky for 43 years. In Louisville, Kentucky, Sister Charlene served at St. Martha School from 1966–69 and at St. Agnes School from 1969–79. Sister served as principal at St. Benedict School, Lebanon Junction, Kentucky, from 1979-86. Sister served as teacher at St. Joseph School, Bardstown from 1986–2009. Sister Charlene then served in community service at Nazareth in the Archives, the Pastoral Administrator’s Office and Heritage Hall from 2009–12. For the next two years, Sister served as one of the coordinators at the Motherhouse. Because of illness, Sister retired and has served from 2014 to the present in the Apostolate of Prayer.

Survivors include a twin sister, Charlene Jacobs Gandolfo of Lexington, nieces and nephews, and her religious Community.


  1. Karen Taylor

    Sister Charlene had a huge impact on my life at St Agnes as a child. Wonderful inspirational woman.

  2. Lisa

    Sr. Charlene was as good as it gets. She welcomed me to Bardstown and with warm effection took me into the St. Thomas family. We laughed, worked, gardened, and worshiped together. It comforts me to know she is with our lord.
    I will miss you until I see again dear friend.
    Lisa Conrad, Austin, TX

  3. Sammy Cranmer

    Sister Charlene had a big impact on my life as a young man and had a positive influence on me and my sister at Saint Benedict. We did not always agree on everything but I still respected what she thought and taught about Christ and life.

  4. John Wright

    I am blessed be St. Benedict School alum. We were under the wonderful principalship of Sister Charlene and Sister Sharon Baldy.

    I wanted to pass along my family’s condolences to you — Sister Charlene’s SCN family and to her relatives.

    She taught us so much about so many things … respect, overcoming obstacles, giving your best. Getting older has certainly had its advantages, however, losing golden nuggets of our childhood like Sr. Charlene is hard. I know where Sister Charlene is today. And, thanks in large part to Sr. Charlene, I know where I’ll be when my life here is finished. I’ll see her again one day.

    Thank you SCN family for taking such special care of the faithful at Lebanon Junction and Colesburg all of these years.


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