Pauline Gertrude Schutze was born in Adelaide to Francis and Annie Schutze (nee McCormack). She had two siblings Margaret and David, both deceased.
After finishing school at St Joseph’s School Thebarton, Pauline worked as a shop assistant. She also cared for frail family members. On February 2 1955 Pauline entered the Sisters of St Joseph at Kensington Convent. She later made her novitiate at Baulkham Hills and was professed as Sr Anthony Paul in the Mount St Chapel on January 6 1958 and finally professed on January 6 1964.
Pauline trained as a primary school teacher at the Catholic Teacher’s College in North Sydney. From 1959 to 1967 she taught in schools at Lower North Adelaide, Richmond, Pinnaroo, Burra and Mansfield Park.
In 1968 Pauline began her ministry in Motor Mission work and pastoral care at Waikerie and then Macclesfield. Over the next three decades she served the Motor Mission, which conducted weekly religious instruction around the State, at Nuriootpa, Birdwood, Tree Gully and Croydon.
Pauline began her ministry at Tappeiner Court as receptionist and pastoral carer in 1998. So many residents were accompanied by Pauline on their final journey to God. Her pastoral care to residents in Tappeiner Court brought much consolation to them and their families.
A woman of faith and commitment to the service of others, she was always there when needed to support through prayer and presence.
Pauline was very close to her family and enjoyed many holidays and family events with them. She was always included in their lives. She was a support in difficult times and the family described her as their ‘rock’.
An opportunity to see a Therry play at the Arts Theatre or other productions was never missed. Live theatre was something she loved.
She had excellent culinary talent and her cooking and recipes were shared by many. Sport was taken seriously, and Pauline loved cricket and football.
Pauline was a quiet and gracious woman who gently touched the lives of many in the schools and parishes wherever she worked.
In recent years Pauline patiently bore debilitating pain without complaint and a lovely smile greeted all those she met. She died at Calvary Flora McDonald Cowandilla.
May Pauline rest in peace in the loving arms of her God. Treasured in the hearts of all those whose lives she touched. Missed by her Sisters of St Joseph.Jump to next article