Sister Francesca Lumpp, CSJ, 89, died Sunday, October 5, 2014, in Villa St. Joseph, Baden, in her 72nd year as a Sister of St. Joseph. The daughter of Raymond and Margaret Dickinson Lumpp, Sister Francesca entered the Congregation from St. Ann Parish, Cleveland, Ohio.
For more than 50 years Sister Francesca ministered in the field of nursing. She served as Nursing Instructor and Director of Nursing at the former St. Joseph Hospital, South Side, from 1951-1963, and as Director of Nursing and Assistant Administrator at Georgetown University Hospital from 1963-1971. She then ministered as Director of Nursing Services at the Catholic Hospital Association in St. Louis from 1971-1974.
She was a lecturer at Catholic University, Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois in Chicago, and had a fellowship in Bioethics at Georgetown University Hospital. After returning to the Pittsburgh area Sister Francesca served as Supervisor of Nursing and then as Assistant Administrator of John J. Kane Hospital from 1980-83, and as Staff Development Director at John J. Kane Regional Centers from 1991-96.
She ministered as Director of Nursing at Villa St. Joseph in Baden and then as Nursing Educator from 1999-2005. She also served in leadership as a Council Member for the Sisters of St. Joseph and a Board Member for Villa St. Joseph.
During her years of retirement Sister continued as a volunteer at Villa St. Joseph and as Board Member Emeritus. As a teacher Sister Francesca endeavored to influence students to love the profession, to treat people with great dignity, and to be competent efficient nurses. As a supervisor and an administrator she continued to instill these same values.
Sr. Francesca had a good sense of humor, enjoyed playing scrabble and often recalled with delight attending “Madame Butterfly” and Aida at the Carnegie Music Hall.
Sister is survived by one brother, William, of Canton, Ohio, several nieces and nephews, grand nieces and nephews, and the Sisters of St. Joseph of Baden.
Friends will be received Tuesday from 1-8 p.m. and Wednesday from 11:00-3:30 p.m. at the Motherhouse of the Sisters of St. Joseph. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 4:00 p.m. Wednesday in the Motherhouse Chapel. Burial will follow in the Sisters’ cemetery on the Motherhouse grounds.
Donations in the name of Sister Francesca may be sent to the Sisters of St. Joseph Memorial Fund, St. Joseph Convent, 1020 State Street, Baden, PA 15005.