In Memoriam: Sister Mary Charlita Slough, SND; 1923–2017

In Memoriam: Sister Mary Charlita Slough, SND; 1923–2017
Our dear Sister Mary Charlita (93) was welcomed into the fullness of light on Saturday, January 14, at 4:55 a.m. Sister was a life-long learner, a consummate educator and a loyal, caring friend. The wake will be on Wednesday, January 18, from 2–4 and 7–9, with the prayer service at 7:00, and on Thursday from 9–10:15. The Mass of Christian Burial will be on Thursday, January 19, at 10:30 a.m., with the burial prayers following in the Chapel Gathering Space.
May Sister Mary Charlita delight, for all eternity, in the presence of our good and loving God!
Read a short bio on Sister Mary Charlita Slough.

 

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  1. Diane Petruccio - January 15, 2017

    I worked with Sr. Charlita at St. Justin Martyr, Eastlake. She was a loving and guiding spirit that encouraged me to return to pursue my degree. Working with her was a blessing as she taught by example and faith. I think of her often and she will remain in my thoughts and prayers. RIP Sr. Charlita.

  2. Fr. Ray Sutter - January 15, 2017

    Sister and I came at the same time to St. Justin Martyr in Eastlake. We were both asked to form the parish RCIA process. She was such a mentor and friend to me. She was with me when my mother died and helped me through that difficult time. Although it’s been several years since we talked, I have often thought of her and spoke of her and her impact on my life. May the angels lead you into paradise, dear Charlita.

  3. rich petruccio - January 15, 2017

    i helped her out with some painting projects and random errands for her at st. justin.. she was always a positive upbeat person who always brought a smile to my face.she’ll be sadly missed.rest in peace sister char.love you

  4. Tom and Margie Drew - January 17, 2017

    Sister Charlie’s was such a positive and wonderful influence in our lives. Her guidance helped us through some difficult times and her sense of humor kept us laughing. I know that Jesus is saying ” welcome home my good and faithful child”. RIP dear Charlie’s. You will be missed

  5. Janet Mcpeeks - January 17, 2017

    I was on the RCIA team at St.Justin Martyr with Sr Charlita as the DRE. She inspired me to deepen my prayer life. She was with me through a difficult time. She was an amazing person. I will miss her. May she rest peacefully with God.

  6. Geralynn Slough Trellue - January 17, 2017

    Sr. Charlita was my aunt – sister to my dad George Slough. This Slough family of 5 children had a devoted Catholic Christian faith. Each of the siblings walked their own journey – but at the core of their walk was GOD and Family. Her sister Lucile passed first and was the hostess of many of the early family reunions. Every year there was a Slough Family Reunion. Great and humorous stories were told over and over again. Sr. Charlita was fun loving and always joyful. Her 3 brothers: Bob, Fr Charles and George gave Sister Charlita a hard time in a loving way. She would just smile and say, What are you going to do with those boys?” She always had a smile and cared about everyone she met.

    She was a special lady with a servant heart. She was a women of great faith and love for Jesus!
    I know that now the gang of 5 is all in heaven – having the best family reunion ever!
    I will miss you Sister – but you will always be in my heart!

  7. Geralynn Slough Trellue - January 17, 2017

    Sr. Charlita is my aunt – my dad George Slough’s sister. The Slough family Bob and Mildred had five wonderful Catholic Christian Children: Lucile, Sr Charlita, Bob, Fr Charles and George. All are now in heaven having a GRAND FAMILY REUNION! Family is very important – Sr. Charlita would say to me “God and Family first.” Those three brothers would give Sister a hard time – always picking on her in a loving way. She would just smile and say, “Those Boys – what are you going to do?”
    Sr. Charlita was a kind, loving lady with a grand sense of humor. She truly had a servant heart and a love of serving others before herself. I never heard her complain – even though she had a lot of back pain. She was always willing to learn new things.
    Life was joyful to Sister Charlita – she dedicated over 70 years to serving Christ through everyone she met.
    I will miss you Sr. Charlita – I know there is great homecoming for you in heaven! Your family is glad you are HOME! God Bless!

  8. Sister Pat Sipan,SND - January 18, 2017

    Sister Charlita was the “mother” of the sisters who originally pioneered in the state of Florida. Along with her dear friend, Sister de Angelis they formed the SND communities in 1965 and many years beyond. I thank Char for her smile and her twinkle in the eye when she dealt with any challenge. She was a hallmark of education and Religious Education !. I remember dearly the “bullhorn” at St Mary Magdalen to deal with any announcements or children who needed a reminder. I remember dearly the crucifix of the Risen Christ that was at Winter Haven originally and now is in our prayer space in Winter Garden, Florida.
    Charlita, may your influence live on in our sharing the charism especially in the Sunshine State. We are blessed to have lived with you and loved you.

  9. Sister Pat Sipan,SND - January 18, 2017

    Sister Charlita was the “mother” of the pioneer sisters who first came to Florida along with her good friend , Sister deAngelis. Sister Charlita was an outstanding educator and innovator in Religious Education !
    Her smile and the twinkle in her eye were ever present when dealing with any challenge. I will remember Sister Charlita for her “bullhorn” at St Mary Magdalen to make an announcement or to remind a student of a desired behavior At Winter Haven, I remember Charlita for the Risen Christ crucifix which is now in our prayer space in Winter Garden, Florida. May we in the Sunshine State continue the legacy she started in 1965 proclaiming God’s goodness and provident care. Thank you Charlita

  10. Charlita Nachtrab-Trinchitella - January 18, 2017

    My favorite memory of Sr. Charlita occurred during a visit to our family. As the oldest in our family, I was given a special treat. Then my sister Theresa, the second oldest, convinced our mother (Sr. Charlita’s older sister, Lucille) to give her the same treat. I was in a righteous pique. Sr. Charlita then counselled me about the Mind & Motives of the second-oldest, being one herself: “When Lucille was to make her First Communion, I did not think that I should have to wait another year to make mine. So I convinced mother (my grandmother) that I was too holy to wait.” And, so, Mary Merrill made her First Communion with Lucille.

    Thank You, Father, for the gift of my aunt.

  11. Charlita Nachtrab-Trinchitella - January 19, 2017

    When we were growing up, there were always pictures of my mother’s family on a window ledge in our home. And my mother (Lucille) was always good for a story or two about them. I wanted to know what her sister, my aunt — the young Sister in full habit in that picture — had been like. Mom told me that her younger sister, “Mary”, early on had a great wedding planned for herself. She was going to have a large family and she had already chosen elaborate names for each of her many children. Mary was very attractive and popular as she grew older and left a trail of sad beaux in her wake when she chose One above the others. According to mom, Mary had to submit her choice of 3 names from which her name as a Sister of Notre Dame would be chosen. Mary wrote “Charlita” 3 times. The rest is history — and my own fate was sealed. About 6 years later, when my parents discovered they were expecting their first child – that would be me, they called me “Charlita” as a whimsy. “And”, as my mother ended her story, “after calling you ‘Charlita’ for 9 months, when you turned out to be girl, nothing else fit.” Sr. Charlita gave a whole new meaning to Isaiah’s “I have called you by name”.
    As I “linked” to the chapel this morning for her mass, I heard, in her voice, words from Psalm 57, from this morning’s Lauds: My heart is ready, O Lord, my heart is ready !

  12. Margaret Koos Johnson - January 20, 2017

    She was the principal at my elementary school, St. Joseph’s in Winter Haven, Florida. We were just remembering her last week. We spoke of her kindness and her amazing ability to relate to all the kids! She was an amazing woman, a role model for all of those she came in contact with. There has never, and will never be another Sr. Charlita. I am blessed to have had her in my life…even for only a short time.

  13. Lorraine Bloeth Valerino - January 21, 2017

    I am so sad to learn of Sister Charlita’s passing, but appreciate her love, intelligence and guidance as a young pre-teen at St. Joseph Catholic School in Winter Haven, Florida. She was responsible for allowing a certain smart-alkeck sixth grader to learn a valuable lesson after said student answered Father Vincent Smith’s requests for “Prayers of the Faithful” during the first school mass of the year, stating: “For school to end quickly, let us pray to The Lord!” Said student was snatched up after Mass by the powerful pixie of a nun and directed to go to the Rectory (knees shaking) to apologize. Tears and hugs by the same disciplinarian followed. She later tapped my own mother, the late Betty Bloeth, to become the school’s first kindergarten teacher — changing the course of many lives. We were truly blessed to have this giant of an educator and leader in our lives. I would like to think she’s be proud of that sixth grader who now enjoys teaching young minds … but I’m distancing myself from middle-school age kiddos! RIP Sister Charlita.

  14. Lorraine (Lori) Bloeth Valerino - January 21, 2017

    I am so sad to learn of Sister Charlita’s passing, but appreciate her love, intelligence and guidance as a young pre-teen at St. Joseph Catholic School in Winter Haven, Florida. She was responsible for allowing a certain smart-aleck sixth grader to learn a valuable lesson after said student answered Father Vincent Smith’s requests for “Prayers of the Faithful” during the first school Mass of the year, stating: “For school to end quickly, let us pray to The Lord!” Said student was snatched up after Mass by the powerful pixie of a nun and directed to go to the Rectory (knees shaking) to apologize. Tears and hugs by the same disciplinarian followed. She later tapped my own mother, the late Betty Bloeth, to become the school’s first kindergarten teacher — changing the course of many lives. We were truly blessed to have this giant of an educator and leader in our lives. I would like to think she’d be proud of that sixth grader who now enjoys teaching young minds … but I’m distancing myself from middle-school age kiddos! RIP Sister Charlita.

  15. Gordon Rafool - January 27, 2017

    Sister Charlita was one of a kind. She was the best principal my children had at St Joseph Winter Haven, Florida. May God rest her soul.

  16. Linda Tenaglia - February 5, 2017

    Sister Charlita was the principal when our children started at St. Joseph Catholic School. She was strong, wise, caring, loving, spiritual, and the very best principal. She loved and cared for every student and for the school. If she wanted something and thought it couldn’t be, she would always say, “we will pray about it”. She always got what she prayed for. You could not say no to her. Our family and our children always remember her and speak about her. Sister Charlita, you will continue to be loved and you will be missed. Rst in Peace Sister.

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