Sister Esther Bataille, a member of the Benedictine order and a French teacher, died of respiratory failure Saturday at the Maria Health Care Center in Woodbrook. She was 105.
Born Regina Bataille in Maplewood, N.J., she was the daughter of Emile Bataille and Gertrude Bataille. She was a graduate of Columbia High School and spent a year studying French in Montreal at the Convent of the Sacred Heart.
She entered the Benedictine Sisters in 1930 at their Saint Walburga Monastery in Elizabeth, N.J. She took the name Esther and earned a bachelor's degree in French at Seton Hall University. She taught in New Jersey and in Washington, D.C.
She was a founding member in 1971 of...