Lorena Fleischmann, SCN, 81, (formerly Sister Mary Andre) was born in Utica, Kentucky, on March 10, 1941. She died on March 11, 2022, in Nazareth, Kentucky. She was a professed Sister of Charity of Nazareth for 59 years.
Sister Lorena served in education ministries, earning a bachelor’s degree in education from Nazareth College and a master’s degree in religious education from the University of St. Thomas, Houston, Texas. She taught religion and math at the grade school level at Holy Rosary in Memphis, Tennessee; St. Mary of the Woods in Whitesville, Kentucky; and Blessed Mother School in Owensboro, Kentucky. From 1974-1980 she taught religion at Owensboro Catholic High. She later taught religion at St. Joseph School in Bardstown, Kentucky.
In the 1980’s Sister Lorena served in pastoral ministries at St. Ann Parish in Morganfield, Kentucky; at Blessed Mother Parish in Owensboro; and Sts. Joseph and Paul Parish in Owensboro. After earning certification as a vision therapist, she worked in this field from 1990-1998, serving children in Henderson, Kentucky, and Bardstown.
After taking care of a sick family member and friend in 1999, she assisted her Community in the transportation office as a driver for the next three years. She continued to help her Community for many years as the coordinator for off-campus activities. In 2015 she traveled to Botswana, Africa, to assist with SCN ministries. Her Sisters there described her as patient and gentle, with a dedication and love for the people of Botswana.
She is survived by her sisters Erma Millay and Charlene Williams, her brother Gene Fleischmann, by her extended family, and by her religious community, the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth.
The Wake was Sunday, March 20, in St. Vincent Church, Nazareth, Kentucky. The Funeral Mass was Monday, March 21, followed by burial in the Nazareth Cemetery. Funeral arrangements were handled by Houghlin Greenwell Funeral Home 1475 New Shepherdsville Road, Bardstown, KY 40004. Memorials may be offered to the Office of Mission Advancement, P.O. Box 9, Nazareth, KY, 40048.