Sr. Orth, former teacher, principal, dies


St. Louis — Sister Virginia (Mary de Porres) Orth, SSND,a former teacher and principal, died April 23 at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. She was 80.
A native of Burlington, she entered the congregation of the School Sisters of Notre Dame in 1955. She professed first vows in 1957 and final vows in 1963.

Sr. Orth
Sr. Orth

She earned a bachelor’s degree in history in 1963 from the former Notre Dame College in St. Louis, and a master’s in elementary education from Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville.

Sr. Orth began her teaching career at St. Charles Borromeo in St. Charles, Mo. She then taught at St. Mary and St. Vincent in Keokuk; St. Anthony in Quincy and St. Charles in DuBois, both in Illinois; and Immaculate Conception School in Montgomery City, Mo. She was a principal at St. Charles in Dubois; St. John the Baptist in Burlington; Our Lady of Good Counsel in Fonda, Iowa; and Immaculate Conception in Montgomery City, Mo..

After years of community service at Holy Family Parish in Hannibal, Mo., and at parishes in Burlington, she returned to Theresa Center in St. Louis.
Her funeral services were celebrated April 28 in the School Sisters of Notre Dame Theresa Center chapel in south St. Louis County. Burial was in the Sancta Maria in Ripa cemetery.


Memorial contributions may be made to the School Sisters of Notre Dame, Mission Advancement, 320 E. Ripa Ave., Saint Louis, MO, 63125-2897, or online at

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