Rose Ellen McCourt

Rose Ellen McCourt

Wednesday, October 21st, 1925 - Thursday, November 5th, 2020
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Rose Ellen Patton McCourt was born on October 21, 1925, in rural, central North Dakota, fifth of six children born to Pat & Alice Patton.

Educated in a rural school, then a small town high school, she loved sports, including playing on the state championship basketball team in 1942. She graduated from high school at 17 and began her teaching career in a rural school. She continued to teach and attend college, graduating from Colorado State College with a Master Degree. Her summers were spent working in Yellowstone Park. Her 25 year teaching career led her to North Dakota, Montana, California, Massachusetts and Michigan, serving her last 15 years in Benton Harbor area schools.

She married Tom McCourt on December 29, 1956. They were blessed with six children: Kathleen McCourt, Tim McCourt, Mary (Dave) Waaso, Patrick (Dorinda) McCourt, Colleen (Will) Hren, and Maureen (Scott) McRae. She leaves grandchildren: Andrew (Becca), Skyler (Jodie), Kale, Brodie (Cindy) and Peyton Waaso, Margaret, Thomas, Henry and James McCourt, Jacob (Kari) and Sarah (Jason Rose) Durham, Jameson (Nicole), Haley, and Kelly McRae. Along with Amber Testini, Kymberli, Mackenzie, and Michaela Nichols and many great-grandchildren.

She was a volunteer at the Readiness Center, Habitat for Humanity, Hospice and a Extraordinary Minister for the homebound.

Wintering in Arizona was a big part of her retired years, as was running. She competed in races including Senior Olympics though the age of 90.

Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church, 555 Delaware, Benton Harbor, her parish for over 50 years, on Tuesday, November 10, 2020, at 11AM. Daily mass was an important part of her life as was keeping up her backyard grotto.

Memorial contributions may be made to Lake Michigan Catholic Schools, 915 Pleasant St., St. Joseph, the Readiness Center, 347 Catalpa Ave, Benton Harbor, or Birthright, 2700 Niles Ave., St. Joseph. Those wishing to leave an online condolence may do so at Arrangements have been entrusted to Starks & Menchinger Chapel & Cremation Services.
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    Tuesday, November 10th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Tuesday, November 10th, 2020 11:00am
    St. Bernard's Catholic Church - Benton Harbor
    555 E. Delaware
    Benton Harbor, MI 49022
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Memorial contributions may be made to Lake Michigan Catholic Schools, 915 Pleasant St., St. Joseph, the Readiness Center, 347 Catalpa Ave, Benton Harbor, or Birthright, 2700 Niles Ave., St. Joseph.


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Anne Takacs

Posted at 08:10pm
We remember Rose Ellen as a gentle caring lady who loved her faith and practiced it. She had a lovely smile and a sincere interest in everyone she knew. In Bible study at St. Bernards's, she spoke with faith and clarity and we all listened carefully to her contribution to the discussions.
Rest in peace with the Lord, Rose Ellen.

Anne and Andy Takacs

Tom Damico

Posted at 10:20am
Tim & the McCourt Family,

Sorry to hear about the lost of your Mother. My prayers with all of you.

Tom Damico

Albemarle, South Haven

Posted at 11:11am
We are sorry for your loss, please accept our condolences.
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Wayne Petzke

Posted at 08:28am
Kathleen: My sympathy to you on the loss of your Mother. You and your family are in my prayers.

Andrea McAdoo

Posted at 04:23pm
Aunt RoseEllen was such a beautiful, generous spirit always exuding class, strength and empathy for others. I loved hearing her family stories and seeing her appreciate all the joys life brought her. She will always be an inspiration to those lucky enough to have crossed her path.

With love,
Andrea McAdoo and Dianna Ryan

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