Sister Kathleen St. Martin died March 18. She was 92.

Born Aug. 2, 1921, to Elphege and Filomine Roth St. Martin, in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, she attended boarding school at St. Mary’s of the Valley in Beaverton. She entered the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon at 18, took the name Sister Mary Elphege, and made her first profession of vows in 1943.

Her first ministry was teaching music, but she soon switched to elementary education, working in parochial schools around western Oregon, including a period of time as superior and principal of St. Michael’s school in Grand Ronde. She received a nursing degree at Clackamas Community College, and went to work in the community’s newly built Maryville Nursing Home. She began working at the DePaul detox center following her work at Beaverton.

In 1975, after a two-year probationary period with the Holy Names sisters, Sister Kate transferred her vows to the community and started her full-time mission to the men and women of Portland’s Skid Road.

She is survived by her sisters, Peggy Bubenik and Bernie Herrick;nieces and nephews; and the members of her religious community.

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m., Thursday, March 27, at the Provincial House Chapel. Memorial donations can be made to the Holy Names Retirement Fund, P.O. Box 411, Marylhurst, OR 97036.