Mary Carol Rueff, SCN

Posted by Kacie Emmerson

June 13, 2024

Mary Carol Rueff, SCN, 83 (formerly John Christopher) was born in Louisville, Ky., on October 2, 1940, to Mary Alice and John Christopher Rueff. She died June 12, 2024, in Louisville. She was a professed Sister of Charity of Nazareth for 63 years.

After completing her juniorate training at the Motherhouse in Nazareth, Ky., Sister Carol traveled to Memphis, Tenn. to serve as an elementary teacher at St Peter’s Orphanage from 1963-1968. She stayed in Memphis for two more years, teaching second grade at St. Ann’s School. She later served in elementary education at St. Martha School in Louisville.

In 1968 she earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Spalding College in Louisville, with a minor in social studies.

Sister Carol served in healthcare as a nurse’s aide for twelve years at Our Lady of Peace Hospital in Louisville. After studying gerontology at St. Mary of the Woods College in Terre Haute, Ind., she returned to Nazareth to care for her Sisters there. She assisted Sisters with their needs and was the transportation coordinator. From 1990-1993 she served as the receptionist for the SCN Health System in Louisville and Nazareth before returning to Our Lady of Peace Hospital.

While serving at Our Lady of Peace Hospital in 1995, she was honored as the Kentucky Mental Health Technician of the Year by the American Association of Psychiatric Technicians. In 1998 she was the top performer of two nursing units at Caritas Peace Center (formerly Our Lady of Peace). In 2004, she was named “Heart of the House” employee at Caritas Peace.

Upon her retirement, Sister Carol volunteered for many years with Candy for Caring at Sts. Mary & Elizabeth Hospital in Louisville.

She is survived by her brothers Tom Rueff (Nancy) of Louisville and Daniel Rueff (Donna) of Beaverton, Ore, and sister-in-law Carol (Jack, dec.). She is survived by her nephew Dale who took special care of her, as well as her nephews Patrick and Todd, her nieces Joy, Melissa and Amy; and her religious community, the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth.

Funeral and burial arrangements are as follows:

  • The Wake will be held Monday, June 17, 2024, at 9 a.m. in St. Vincent de Paul Church.
  • The Funeral Mass will immediately follow the Wake, at 10:30 a.m., in St. Vincent de Paul Church, followed by burial in the Nazareth Cemetery.
  • The Funeral will be webcast at

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


  1. Vanessa Carroll

    Sister was a wonderful Christ driven woman. I enjoyed working with her at Our Lady of Peace.

  2. Judy Early

    I worked with Sr. Carol for many years, and she was a true and rare friend outside our work environment. I will miss her very much.


    I enjoyed working with Sister Carol. She was a beautiful person, great co-worker, and a great friend and she truly will be missed. Thoughts and prayers to her family. God bless you.

  4. Kellie Freeze

    I enjoyed working with sister Carol, she was a beautiful person. She was a great friend. She will be truly missed. Thoughts and prayers to her family. God bless you all.

  5. Kim Freeze

    Enjoyed working we Sister Carol at Peace Hospital and appreciate her friendship. She will be greatly missed. I’ll keep her family in my prayers. God bless you all.

    • Vanessa Carroll

      Sister was a wonderful Christ driven woman. I enjoyed working with her at Our Lady of Peace.


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