Holy Names Sister Anita Noé, 103, died Feb. 17 at Mary’s Woods at Marylhurst in Lake Oswego. Funeral arrangements are pending and will be announced later.

The daughter of Frank and Marie Simon Noé, Anita grew up in Portland in a loving family where the first language was German. After graduating from St. Mary’s Academy in 1937, she entered the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary at Marylhurst, eventually receiving the religious name Sister Mary Rosamond.

She began in her long ministry in education as a middle grade teacher in Holy Names schools at St. Frederic School in St. Helens, at Coos Catholic and St. Monica in Coos Bay, and at St. Aloysius and St. Patrick in Spokane, Washington, and Sacred Heart and St. Joseph in Seattle. Returning to the Archdiocese of Portland she taught at St. Joseph and St. Vincent in Salem, and at St. Peter, St. Thomas More, and St. Francis in Portland.

She also served as Superior and principal at Coos Catholic, Sacred Heart, and St. Peter. During this time, she also spent summers earning an master’s degree in education and administration at University of Portland.

Although Sister Anita loved teaching, she happily moved into a new avenue of ministry — finance. She served 10 years as treasurer of St. Mary’s Academy, Portland, before moving to the Convent of the Holy Names, Marylhurst, to oversee finances and purchasing for that large facility. During these years, she also began a successful enterprise making superbly hand-crafted stuffed animals, including giraffes, dolphins, ducks and many others as she raised money for the Sisters’ Retirement Fund.

Sister Anita assisted with the sisters’ move from Marylhurst and back again during to the construction phase of Mary’s Woods in the late 1990s. She was a “pioneer” in the newly developing resident community and over the years took classes in Latin and German and worked in the community’s Timberline Store.

A woman of deep faith, Sister Anita had a special devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary. She also had a love of the outdoors and one of the lasting memories many have of Sister Anita were of her long brisk walks across the campus every day well into her late 90s.

In 2018 Sister Anita enjoyed the occasion of her 100th birthday, and this year would have celebrated her 85th anniversary as a Sister of the Holy Names.

She is survived by her niece Judy Momrow and family and the members of her religious community.

Remembrances may be made to the Sisters of the Holy Names, PO Box 398, Marylhurst, OR 97036 or online at snjmusontario.org/donate.