Sr. Mary Heinen

ST. PAUL – Sr. Mary Heinen, CSJ, 81, of St. Paul, died Jan. 1, 2014 at the Carondelet Village in St. Paul.

Services have been held.

She was born May 14, 1933, in New Ulm to Arthur and Clara Heinen. She was a 1950 graduate of Holy Trinity High School. She joined the St. Paul Province of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet in 1951.

Heinen was assigned to nursing, where she went on to have a long career as an educator and administrator.

In 1958 Heinen earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the College of St. Catherine, St. Paul; a master’s in nursing and nursing education from the Catholic University in Washington, D.C. in 1963; and a Ph.D. in higher education and administration from the University of Minnesota in 1975.

Early in her career she worked as a nurse’s aide or nurse in a number of hospitals including St. Michael’s Hospital in Grand Forks, N.D.; St. John’s Hospital in Fargo, N.D., and St. Joseph’s Hospital in St. Paul.

From 1980 to 1988 she worked as vice president for mission for the CSJ Health Care Corp. in St. Louis.

In 1988 she returned to St. Paul, where she was elected province director. Heinen later served as the director for advocacy and ethics for Carondelet Life-Care Ministries (the St. Mary’s Clinics) from 1992 to 2013. She also continued to serve on a number of boards and committees.

Heinen was found to have advanced cancer in September. She decided against pursuing chemotherapy or radiation treatments and died at the Carondelet Village in St. Paul cared for by members of her order and surrounded by family.

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