Sister of Mercy Mary Pelagia Head, an educator and crafts-maker, dies at 83

Sister of Mercy Mary Pelagia Head died June 7 at Mercy Convent in Nashville, Tenn. She was 83 and had been a Sister of Mercy for 65 years.

Sister Head taught elementary students in Ohio and at St. Aloysius, St. Paul and Holy Cross schools in Louisville. She also served as a librarian at Assumption High School and at Mercy Academy.

Following her retirement, Sister Head was an avid crafts-maker and won nearly 400 awards at various county fairs in Kentucky, as well as at the Kentucky State Fair. She lived at the St. Catherine Convent in Louisville until last month when she moved to Nashville.

She is survived by her sister, Bonna L. Taurman; brothers Henry (Charlene) Head, Robert (Norma) Head, Joe (Lyn) Head; sister-in-law Clara Head; brother-in-law Lee Schaffner; nieces and nephews; and her Mercy Community.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on June 12 at St. Raphael Church, 2900 Bardstown Road, with burial following in Calvary Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on June 11 at Ratterman and Sons Funeral Home, 3800 Bardstown Road, with a remembrance ceremony at 7 p.m.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Sisters of Mercy Mission Advancement, 101 Mercy Drive, Belmont, N.C., 28012 or online at

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