Employee Lynn Richter retires after 40 years with the Sisters of Charity
By S. Georgia Kitt
Lynn Richter recently retired after 40 years of service to the Sisters of Charity Congregation. Lynn began as an executive secretary, working in the Office of Personnel Services and with the various Sister coordinators. It was October 1972 and S. Mary Assunta Stang was president. Her office was on the third floor of Marian Hall, across from the elevator. A friend, who knew she was looking for a full-time position, shared an ad she saw in the newspaper from the Sisters of Charity; Sisters Annina Morgan, Rosaleen Simpleman and Marianna Coyle were her early contacts.
In those early years Lynn worked with S. Catherine Kirby, securing the first electronic typewriter. She has fond memories of S. Mary Jude (McKeough) struggling with the large addressograph machine; each individual address had its own metal plate. The machine took up a whole room on the first floor of Marian Hall. In the beginning days of data systems Lynn became the ‘go to’ person. A committee was formed initially, a consultant was hired, and the recommended services were secured.
“Cincinnati Good Samaritan Hospital helped us get a real start in data systems in the mid-1980s,” Lynn recalls. “Both Sisters Rita Margaret [Kroger] and Francis Clare [Pavioni] were supporters as we made the system work for us.” Sisters computer systems coordinator has remained Lynn’s most consistent title over the years.
Another part of her responsibilities has been to assist the Congregational secretaries in carrying out their duties. She has partnered with Sisters Catherine Kirby, Anita Marie Howe, Dolores McDonald and Trish Mirsberger. She has been responsible for the SC annual directory for the past 30-plus years, three years ago moving to the simpler, sharper digital copy preparation. Over the years FAX numbers, emails and cell phone numbers have been added; it’s not just a simple mailing address any longer!
“I find you, Sisters, as women who are empowering and empowered,” Lynn said. “You are real examples of persons witnessing to values the world needs. I will treasure the memories and the friendships.”
There have been both sad and humorous occasions over the years. She recalled leaving a small group of Sisters with a mailing to collate while she went to lunch. Upon her return she found that a reverse collating had occurred; all the ‘ministry position openings’ were back in distinct stacks rather than assembled as packets. From that experience Lynn learned to provide more clear directions when assigning tasks – or to choose another lunch time!
Losing co-workers and Council members to death has been difficult. Lynn has been a part of the Executive Council staff through the deaths of Sisters Grace Murphy, Trish Mirsberger, Mary Michele Fisher and most recently, Geraldine O’Hagan. A lay colleague, Carol Tenhundfeld, also died in recent years.
“You appreciate the blessings each one has been and value their unique contributions for the good of the entire Congregation,” she said. “The opportunity to work with the Sisters of Charity has surely contributed to my life, in positive and fulfilling ways. I will always remain grateful.”