Sister of St. Mary of Oregon Lawdean Lamberger, also known as Sister Cecilia Lawrence, died Feb. 16. There will be a vigil service Thursday, Feb. 20 at 7 p.m. at the Motherhouse of the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon and a funeral Mass Friday, Feb. 21, at 4 p.m. at the Motherhouse Chapel. Interment will be Monday, Feb. 24, at 9 a.m. in the Sisters’ Cemetery

Born March 16, 1934, to Lawrence and Cecilia Lamberger, Lawdean Lamberger graduated from St. Cecilia Elementary School (1948) and St. Mary of the Valley Academy (1952). After high school she attended Marylhurst College and worked at Meier & Frank’s and Grayson’s in the summers of 1952 and ’53, respectively.

She entered the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon in 1954 and was given the name Sister Mary Cecilia Lawrence. In 1957, Sister Lawdean earned a bachelor’s degree in music. She taught music for several years in both elementary and secondary schools. By 1961 she became a classroom teacher with a focus on physical education and math.

By 1967, her assignments began tending toward finances, first at the school level, but ultimately as general treasurer of the community. She became a notary public in 1983.

Sr. Lawdean’s ministry locations include: Sacred Heart/Tillamook Catholic High School in Tillamook; St. John School, Milwaukie; St. Mary of the Valley, Beaverton; St. Agatha School, Portland, La Salle High School, Milwaukie; and St. Mary Star of the Sea Parish in Astoria. In 2003, she returned to the motherhouse in Beaverton and provided community service in myriad ways.

Sister Lawdean preferred to be busy. She enjoyed making handcrafts, cross-stitching and needlepoint in particular; playing cards; providing service at the motherhouse and volunteering at Medical Teams International, where she sorted and checked expiration dates on items donated for shipping internationally.

Sister Lawdean is survived by her sisters in community, four nephews and their families, her sister-in-law Juanita, and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother, Larry Jr., and her sister, Carol Ann Lamberger.

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