One interesting coincidence brought Sister Pauline Richter’s parents together in New Mexico. A second interesting coincidence brought her to the Adrian Dominicans twenty years later.
Mary Pauline Richter, Sister Pauline’s mother, had moved to Albuquerque from Nebraska, when Mary was about nine years old. Otto, Sister Pauline’s father, had a sister who had come to New Mexico from their native southern Illinois to be treated for tuberculosis, and a couple of the brothers had moved there with her. When one of those brothers got married, Otto came to Albuquerque for the wedding. He was the best man – and Mary was one of the bridesmaids.
The couple married in February 1933 and Pauline was born on December 10 of that year. She was baptized Anna Pauline because both of her grandmothers were named Anna, and Pauline for her mother’s middle name, but she was always known as Pauline. Three other girls – Nadine, Maxine, and Norma – followed over the course of the next fourteen years. In August 1947, two months before Norma was born, Otto died of a heart attack. He was just thirty-nine years old.
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Thank you for sharing S. Pauline's video story! My condolences to the Richter family and Adrian Dominican Sisters. I attended St. Agnes School in Iron River, MI, and was delighted to hear S. Pauline say that her time there was among her happier teaching years. Occasionally, then S. Rose Angeline would allow me to spend Saturdays in the classroom with her -- checking papers!! ...obviously a lasting memory, one that just might have influenced my choice of a career in education and a Dominican life! Again, thank you.
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