Sister Ruth  Breig O.S.F.
Sister Ruth Breig, formerly Sister Rose Michael, age 89 of the Sisters of St. Francis in Oldenburg, died Thursday, November 7, 2019, at the convent.
Born Ruth Elaine on August 23, 1930, in Dayton, Ohio, the ninth of 12 girls, she is the daughter of Emma (nee Osterfeld) and John Breig. Reflecting upon her childhood, Sister Ruth noted, "Each of us had chores to do and each evening after dinner dishes were put away, we'd gather around the table to pray the rosary as our faith was very important to us. With 12 girls in our family, there obviously was some fussing among us, but there was a lot more love and laughter!"
The Breig sisters attended St. Anthony School in Dayton, where Sister Ruth first met the Sisters of St. Francis and began to consider a religious vocation. Later she graduated from Chaminade Julienne High School and left Dayton to enter the Franciscan community in Oldenburg as Sister Rose Michael in 1948. She continued her education at Marian University, Xavier University, and Ball State University.
She taught for nearly 50 years, an outstanding teacher in primary education at Catholic schools in Indiana and Ohio. Those schools were Our Lady of Lourdes, St. Christopher, Little Flower, St. Pius X, and St. Simon in Indianapolis, Indiana; St. Joseph Nazareth and Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Cincinnati, Ohio; St. Mary in New Albany, Indiana; Holy Name in Beech Grove, Indiana; St. Ann in Hamilton, Ohio; St. Anthony in Dayton, Ohio; St. Louis in Batesville, Indiana; and St. Mary in Rushville, Indiana.
Sister Ruth then worked for three years in the office of the Central Indiana Council on Aging before returning in 2000 to Oldenburg, where she served as a human resources assistant until her retirement in 2009.
An avid Cincinnati Reds fan, she enjoyed attending their games and watching them on TV. She also treasured gatherings with family and friends and remained in contact with many of the students she taught. In reflecting on her years as a Franciscan, she commented, "The happiness and prayerfulness I saw within the Franciscans was a big factor in my choice of vocation. I always felt God was guiding my direction and as a Franciscan I've enjoyed a life of happiness and prayerfulness."
She is survived by sisters Glenna Breig, Joan Ritzert, Rita Jane Wilhelm and Mary Ellen Giambrone.
She is preceded in death by her parents and sisters Anna Mae Edgar, Patricia Breig, Vera Breig, Norma Breig, Agnes Glaser, Betty Dickson, and Grace Storer.
Visitation is Wednesday, November 13, from 1-3 p.m. at the convent chapel. Funeral services will follow at 3 p.m. with Rev. James Meade officiating, with burial in the convent cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Sisters of St. Francis, P.O. Box 100, Oldenburg, IN 47036 ( For online condolences, go to
Published on November 10, 2019


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Pete Magnant
Nov 14, 2019
I was in Sister Ruth's first class when she was 19 at Our Lady of Lourdes and later also two of my younger sisters. I have numerous rewarding adventures with Sister Ruth after her residence at Oldenburg. She will always have a very special place in my heart.
Lime family
Nov 10, 2019
Sr. Ruth was our favorite teacher for our son at St Simon. She taught 4th grade at that time. Held our son back for a year, she said she could pass him but he would struggle. She was right. When our son passed away she acknowledged his passing... she will always have a special place in our heart. Prayers with you all