SCHULLER -- Sister Viatora Schuller, O.S.F. was president of the College of St. Joseph on the Rio Grande, later the University of Albuquerque for 14 years. Sister Viatora, 95, died February 24, at St. Francis Nursing Center, Colorado Springs, Colorado. She was buried February 27, in the Motherouse Cemetery following the Mass of Christian burial at Mount St. Francis. Sister Viatora was born October 21, 1902 to Louis and Frances (Muegerl) Schuller in Ravenna, Nebraska. She entered the congregation of the Sisters of St. Francis in Lafayette, Indiana on June 21, 1924. Invested with the Franciscan habit January 6, 1925, she made her final profession January 6, 1932. Sister Viatora earned her B.S. degree in Education at Indiana State Teachers' College in 1934. She earned her M.A. degree at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska 1948, and her PhD degree in History at Loyola University, Chicago, 1954. Sister taught in schools in Indiana, Kansas and New Mexico prior to 1953 when she became President of the College of St. Joseph on the Rio Grande, later the University of Albuquerque. After completing her tenure at the University of Albuquerque in 1967, she was appointed Community Historian and secretary to the Provincial at the Motherhouse in Colorado Springs, Colorado from 1968-1991. In 1992 she moved to the Nursing Center. She is survived by two sisters, Sister Macrina Schuller, OSF of Colorado Springs, CO and Agnes Hughes of Alamogordo, NM; and two brothers, Rev. Fred Schuller, S.J. of Tulsa, OK and Ed Schuller of Palmdale, CA. Memorial contributions may be made to Sisters of St. Francis Retirement Fund, Mount St. Francis, 7665 Assisi Heights, Colorado Springs, CO 80919-3836.
Published on March 03, 1998