In Loving Memory…

Sister M. Anne Frederick (Tardiff), CSC

Sister M. Anne Frederick (Tardiff), CSC

Funeral Arrangements

Tuesday, June 18, 2024 

Mass of the Resurrection, 10:30 a.m.
Church of Our Lady of Loretto
Saint Mary’s, Notre Dame, Indiana 

Visitors are welcome.

Sister M. Anne Frederick, CSC
(Christine Leola Tardiff) 

October 6, 1928–June 10, 2024 

We share news of the death of Sister M. Anne Frederick (Tardiff), CSC, who died at 2:43 p.m. on June 10, 2024, at Memorial Hospital in South Bend, Indiana. Sister Anne Frederick entered the Sisters of the Holy Cross from Fairfield, Maine, on January 25, 1952. Her initial profession of vows took place on February 2, 1955.

Please join us in prayer for Sister as we renew our faith in the resurrected Jesus and strengthen our hope that all the departed will be raised to eternal life.

A professed Sister of the Holy Cross for 69 years, Sister M. Anne Frederick (Tardiff) died on June 10, 2024, at Memorial Hospital, South Bend, Indiana. Christine Leola Tardiff was born in the small town of Clinton, Maine, on October 6, 1928. Her parents were Frederick, a railroad carman, and Anna (Cyr) Tardiff, who was born in Canada. Leola, who preferred to go by her middle name, was the ninth in a family of eight daughters and two sons. One of her older brothers, Gerard, served in the United States Marine Corps during World War II in Okinawa, Japan. Eager to learn and study, Leola attended Morrison’s Corner School and Clinton High School in Clinton, Maine. After graduating from high school in 1945, Leola worked as a secretary for almost seven years. She was inspired to discern her vocation and enter the Congregation by her cousin, Sister M. Christina (Tardiff), CSC, who died in 2000. At 23 years old, Leola entered the Sisters of the Holy Cross, Notre Dame, Indiana, on January 25, 1952. A year later, she received the holy habit and became Sister Mary Anne Frederick, in honor of her parents.

Sister Anne Frederick spent most of her life as a teacher and administrator in Catholic elementary and secondary schools sponsored by the Sisters of the Holy Cross. Between 1955 and 1986, she taught at schools in Virginia, New York, Texas, Maryland and Washington, D.C. She was also the principal of St. Joseph School, Marshall, Texas; St. Hugh School, Greenbelt, Maryland; and Blessed Sacrament School, Washington, D.C. In 1965, Sister Anne Frederick earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Dunbarton College of the Holy Cross, Washington, D.C. She later earned her master’s degree in English from The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C., in 1974.

From 1986 to 2016, Sister Anne Frederick served at St. Mary’s Academy, Alexandria, Virginia, and Bishop Ireton High School. She began as a receptionist and administrative assistant in the academy’s front office. Following the academy’s closure in 1990, she transferred to Bishop Ireton, along with other St. Mary’s staff and the students. Sister Anne Frederick led the Academic Enrichment program at the high school, which supported students who were struggling academically and with disabilities. In recognition of her many years of service, leadership and advocacy on behalf of the disabled community, Sister Anne Frederick was honored with the 2016 John Duty Collins III Outstanding Advocate for Persons with Disabilities Award.

Interacting with parents, teachers and students was a rewarding ministry for Sister Anne Frederick. She loved coming to school every day to help foster a love of learning in her students that she had as a child. While modest in discussing her achievements, those who knew her recognized her impact. Sister Elizabeth Rossetti, CSC, a dear friend and fellow teacher at Bishop Ireton, once said of Sister Anne Frederick, “A number of students say that if it were not for her encouragement, they would not have graduated from Bishop Ireton.” There is no doubt that she was a prime example of a Holy Cross teacher.

Sister Anne Frederick retired from teaching in 2016. Shortly after, she transitioned to a ministry of prayer and presence, and moved to Saint Mary’s, Notre Dame. Her zeal for learning prevailed throughout her long life, as evident in her desire to learn how to play the guitar upon her move to the motherhouse. Although walking with assistance after a fall in March, Sister Anne Frederick was ready to let God carry her home. Sister Elizabeth, who lived in community with her for many years, and sisters at Saint Mary’s Convent take comfort in knowing this was her earnest desire, even before her sudden hospitalization and death. Now she hastens to the risen Christ.

Written by Madisen Toth, archivist
Sisters of the Holy Cross Congregational Archives and Records