This highly educated lover and promoter of the French language and culture, was born in Duluth, MN on August 16, 1933, and died peacefully on the morning of October 9, 2017 at Carondelet Village in St. Paul. A 1955 graduate of the College of St. Catherine with a double major in French and English, Sister Jackie earned a M.A. and Ph.D. in French from the University of Minnesota. “A spirit who resonates courage,” were grateful words spoken by a colleague as Jackie retired after serving 41 years as professor and chair of the French Department at St. Catherine University. Deeply loyal and dedicated to infusing the values of Catholic Social Teaching, Sister Jackie was an eager guide for students who desired to study abroad, encouraging their curiosity toward a deeper understanding of the immigrant’s plight, and often offering her famous admonition, “Go forth!” Preceded in death by parents Anna Borich O’Hara and John W. O’Hara; brothers John W. O’Hara, Jr. and James T. O’Hara. Survived by many nieces and nephews. Mass of Christian Burial, 11:00 AM, Thursday, October 12, 2017, at Our Lady of the Presentation Chapel, 1884 Randolph Avenue, St. Paul, MN, with Visitation at 10:00 AM preceding Mass, and burial at Resurrection Cemetery in Mendota Heights, MN, following the luncheon at the Carondelet Center in St. Paul.
October 11th, 2017