Julia Clare Fontaine, SCN, 97, was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee. She died at Nazareth Home, Louisville, Kentucky, on Thursday, February 22, 2018. She was a professed Sister of Charity of Nazareth for 76 years.

After making First Vows, Sister Julia Clare served in educational ministries. She taught grade school at St. Catherine in Lexington, Kentucky; St. Cecilia School in Louisville, Kentucky; and LaSalette in Covington, Kentucky. She taught high school at St. Frances in Owensboro, Kentucky and St. Mary in Leonardtown, Maryland. She served as a college instructor in the Biology Department of Nazareth College from 1959-1967; she later served as Department Chair (Spalding University).

She earned her PhD in Anatomy from the University of Louisville serving as an Associate Professor.

For many years, Sister Julia Clare served as Director in Community Service for the SCN Community.

She is survived by her nieces, nephews and their families, and by her religious community.

Visitation and Wake will be held 1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m. on Monday, February 26 at Nazareth Home.

A Prayer Service will be held at St. Vincent Church, Nazareth, Kentucky on Monday, February 26 at 6:30 p.m. The Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, February 27 at St. Vincent Church, Nazareth, Kentucky followed by burial in Nazareth Cemetery.

Funeral arrangements are being handled by Ratterman Funeral Home, 3800 Bardstown Road, Louisville, Kentucky. Memorials may be offered to Office of Mission Advancement, P.O. Box 9, Nazareth, KY, 40048.