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Sister Jocelyn Snyder, FSPASister Jocelyn Snyder, FSPA

Sister Jocelyn Snyder, Franciscan Sister of Perpetual Adoration, 94, died Sept. 12, 2014, at Villa St. Joseph. She was in the 69th year of her religious profession.

Sister Jocelyn was born on April 8, 1920, the oldest daughter of John and Josephine (Coon) Snyder on her grandfather’s farm near Breda, Iowa. She was baptized the same day and given the name Luella Mary Elizabeth. When she was four years old, her family moved to their own farm. She and her siblings drove to St. Bernard’s School in a cart pulled by a Shetland pony. “When I was small, I always managed to get every childhood disease that came along. When I was eleven I got smallpox just before Christmas, and I was seriously sick for some time.” Like all farm children, she worked in the fields as well as in the house. Luella even had a few years experience working in the local funeral home. Her formal education stopped at the end of the ninth grade, since her mother was in need of help at home. During the summer of 1942, her sister Marie, two cousins and a girl friend visited St. Rose Convent. The following year on Aug. 30, 1943, Luella and her sister Dolora joined the community in La Crosse.

Luella, received into the novitiate on Aug. 12, 1944, was given the name Sister Jocelyn. She made profession of vows on Aug. 12, 1946, and final vows on Aug. 9, 1952.

Ministering as a homemaker she served in convent homes in La Crosse, Athens, Marathon, Ashland and Prairie du Chien in Wisconsin and St. Lucas, Muscatine and Bellevue in Iowa for 17 years. She was in charge of the bakery at St. Rose Convent from 1956 to 1964, after which she went back on mission and ministered as homemaker. Her skill in the bakery called her back to St. Rose in 1970 where she worked until 1995. Sister Jocelyn retired at St. Rose Convent in 1995. In early 2013 her health began deteriorating and she moved to Villa St. Joseph.

Community members, family, colleagues and friends will remember Sister Jocelyn as a gentle woman, a woman of great faith, and an excellent baker. Many have spent years trying to get their cornbread as light and fluffy as hers, or to make the famous carrot rolls everyone enjoyed on feast days, or the blueberry buckle. She always had a twinkle in her eye and a smile to warm anyone’s heart.

Sister Jocelyn is survived by her Franciscan community; two sisters: Dolora Snyder and Lois (Merlin) Thelen, both of Omaha, Nebraska, her sisters-in-law Delores Snyder, Storm Lake, Iowa, and Rose Snyder, Carroll, Iowa, and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her brothers Rudell, Urban and Norbert and her sister Marie.

Friends may call after 4:00 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014 at St. Rose Convent, La Crosse. A prayer service will be held at 6:30 p.m. in Mary of the Angels Chapel. The Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 15, 2014, in Mary of the Angels Chapel. Burial will be in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, La Crosse. Jandt-Fredrickson Funeral Home is assisting with the arrangements.

Memorials may be sent to Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration, 912 Market Street, La Crosse, WI 54601-4782.

 

Sister Dolorice Schier, FSPA

Sister Dolorice Schier, FSPASister Dolorice Schier, Franciscan Sister of Perpetual Adoration, 101, died Aug. 7, 2014, at Villa St. Joseph, La Crosse. Sister Dolorice is the 1,300th FSPA to die. Her health had been declining, especially during the past year. She was in her 81st year of religious profession.

On Jan. 1, 1913, Sister Dolorice was born to Bernard and Catherine (Burwinkel) Schier in West Point, Iowa. At her baptism she was given the name Irene Frances. Irene grew up on a small farm that her father managed, along with a funeral home in West Point. She attended St. Mary’s School, staffed by the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration, until she entered St. Rose Convent as a sophomore on Aug. 18, 1928.

Irene entered the novitiate and received the name Sister Dolorice on Aug. 12, 1930. On Aug. 10, 1932, she professed first vows and made final profession on June 17, l938.

Ministering in the field of education, she served 18 years as a teacher in schools in Iowa, Idaho and Wisconsin. From 1950 to 1982, Sister Dolorice ministered at St. Michael’s Home as a teacher, a group mother, and finally as the Central Service Coordinator. Before her retirement to St. Rose Convent in 1995, she was assistant audio-visual librarian at Viterbo College and served as sacristan at the campus church from 1982 to 1996. In 2009, Sister Dolorice moved to Villa St. Joseph.

Community members, family, colleagues and students remember Sister Dolorice as a dedicated teacher. She was an energetic and generous person who would go the extra mile for anyone. But most of all, Sister Dolorice was a woman of prayer. God was her source of inspiration, her fountain of strength, her delight. In her retirement she enjoyed giving tours of the chapels and taking hours of adoration. Sister Dolorice received the J. Thomas Finucan Award from Viterbo College in 1993, the YWCA Tribute to Outstanding Women in 1992 for her contribution to Viterbo College, and earned a Certificate of Appreciation from the Hmong Mutual Assistance Association for her volunteer work with the refugees in 1983-1984.

When interviewed in 1996, she spoke about her time at St. Michael’s, “It was difficult at first. I remember that I cried for several days. One day I overheard one of the sisters tell Sister Grace Schoemann, who was the superior, that she should ask Reverend Mother to remove me, insisting, ‘We can’t have that Sister crying here.’ At that point, I decided that I had better shape up and do my best. I could write volumes about my experiences at St. Michael’s. I enjoyed my 7th and 8th grade students. When the classrooms were closed and the students sent to the city schools, I was asked to take over the counseling of the older boys. I wondered about the wisdom of this, but I ‘grew into my work.’ I had great sympathy for these boys and tried my best to play the part of a good stepmother. Many days were tiring; many were interesting; a lot of days were happy ones.”

She described her life aptly in a reflection last year at her 80th jubilee celebration, “My life as a Franciscan Sister for over eighty years has been truly wonderful, for which I am grateful to God. Working with so many young teenagers was the focus of my life. The sisters with whom I lived and worked brought great joy to me.” Sister Dolorice brought joy to her sisters, also. Those on foreign missions would eagerly await her weekly “letters from home” with all sort of newsy items.

Sister Dolorice is survived by her Franciscan Community, her sister-in-law, Floradean (John) Schier, Fort Madison, Iowa, and numerous nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her brothers, Paul and John, and her two sisters, Anna Marie and Geline.

Friends may call Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014. The body will be received at St. Rose Convent at 9:30 a.m., followed by a wake service in Mary of the Angels Chapel. Fr. Richard Tulko, OFM will preside at the Mass of Christian Burial, Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014, at 1:30 p.m. Burial will be in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, La Crosse.

Memorials may be sent to Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration, 912 Market Street, La Crosse, Wisconsin 54601-4782 or by using the online donation form.

 

Sister Beatrice (Vitalis) Merkes, FSPA

Sister Beatrice Merkes, FSPASister Beatrice Merkes, FSPA, 93, died on Wednesday, June 18, 2014 (two days shy of her 94th birthday), at Villa St. Joseph, La Crosse. She was in the 74rth year of her religious profession.

Sister Beatrice, the second oldest of the ten children of Nicholas and Mary (Wagner) Merkes, was born on June 20, 1920, in Rozellville, Wisconsin. Since German was spoken in the home, Beatrice could speak no English when she started school. She relied on her older sister to translate for her, but she acquired English quickly. The family learned how to cope with death early on. Four of Beatrice’s siblings died before they attained the age of two. Since sixth grade, Beatrice was determined to enter religious life. Her parents and relatives were overjoyed by her decision. She entered St. Rose Convent after she graduated from eighth grade, on Aug. 15, 1934.

Beatrice was received into the novitiate on Aug. 9, 1938, and was given the name Sister Vitalis. (She later returned to her baptismal name.) She pronounced first vows on Aug. 12, 1940, and made final profession on Aug. 9, 1946.

Sister Beatrice served as an elementary teacher for 28 years in Iowa and Wisconsin. After earning a master’s degree in education, she ministered at Newman High School, Wausau, Wisconsin, as teacher and school counselor. Five years later, Sister Beatrice was on staff at a support house. She moved to Okmulgee, Oklahoma, where she was engaged in parish ministry from 1979-1983. Following a year working with refugee resettlement in Tulsa, Sister Beatrice served as Director of Adult Education in parishes in Marshall, Minnesota, and Sioux City, Iowa, for several years. She retired to St. Rose Convent in 1991 where she served as chapel tour guide for many years. When her health weakened in 2010, she moved to Villa St. Joseph.

Community members, family and friends remember Sister Beatrice as someone vitally interested in life. “Be,” as she called herself, was an avid reader and participated in a variety of book discussion groups over the years. She was interested in many and diverse things. In fact, she was a faithful participant in the Northern Province’s “Future Searchers.” One of the ways her artistic nature was seen was through the numerous cards she would create for jubilees, birthdays and Christmas. Everyone who knew her described her as “gentle and always smiling.”

Sister Beatrice is survived by her Franciscan community, two brothers: Hubert (Rosemary) Merkes, Neosho, Wisconsin, and Alvin (Beatrice) Merkes, Kenosha, Wisconsin, her sister-in-law: Anne Merkes, Edgar, Wisconsin; and nieces and nephews and FSPA relatives. She was preceded in death by her parents, five brothers, Norbert, Jerome, Joseph, Cyril and Andrew; and two sisters, Loretta and Monica.

Friends may call after 3:15 p.m. on Tuesday, June 24, 2014, at St. Rose Convent, La Crosse. A prayer service will be held at 6:30 p.m. in Mary of the Angels Chapel that evening. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated for Sister Beatrice at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, June 25, in Mary of the Angels Chapel. Burial will be in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, La Crosse.

Memorials may be sent to Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration, 912 Market Street, La Crosse, Wisconsin, 54601-8800 or offered online.

 

 

Sister Elissa Kamaka, FSPA

Sister Elissa Kamaka, FSPASister Elissa Kamaka, FSPA, 82, died Thursday, June 12, 2014, at Villa St. Joseph, La Crosse, peacefully surrounded by several of her religious sisters and Villa staff. She was in the 61st year of her religious profession.

Born on March 5, 1932, Sister Elissa was the third child of James and Elizabeth (Pang) Kamaka in Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii. Her father, a native Hawaiian, was an inactive Mormon and her mother, Chinese, practiced traditional Chinese religion. However, at the age of seven, Barbara, as she was named, and her older brother and sister were baptized Catholics. She attended St. Theresa Grade School. The children had to pay their own way through high school and college so Barbara spent hours in the pineapple canneries. In her autobiography she stated, “Though we were economically poor in material things during the early years of our growth and development, we were rich in three values taught by our parents: the dignity of hard work, excellent education of oneself and service to others.” At the age of 19, against her parents’ wishes, Barbara entered the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity, Manitowoc, Wisconsin. The community was her fourth choice, having been denied by one community because of her parents’ religious background and the other two because she was not able to meet the financial obligations. Adjustments to culture, spirituality, and racial discrimination were challenges, at first.

Barbara was received into the novitiate on June 13, 1952 and was given the name Sister Elissa. She pronounced first vows on Aug. 15, 1953 and made final profession on Aug. 15, 1958. In 1985 she transferred from the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity to the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration and was formally incorporated as an FSPA in 1988.

Entering the field of education, Sister Elissa taught in elementary schools in Arizona, Hawaii and Wisconsin for 17 years before being named chair of the education department at Silver Lake College, Manitowoc in 1971, after receiving a master’s degree in elementary education from the University of Wisconsin. Later, she earned a Ph.D. in education from St. Louis University. For three years, she ministered as assistant director of research and assistant to the president at the College of Notre Dame, Baltimore. Sister Elissa moved to La Crosse where she ministered at Viterbo College, becoming the first director of Viterbo’s graduate education program. She served the FSPA community as Eastern Region secretary before working at Pilgrims El Sanctuario de Chimayo in New Mexico. From 1991-1995 Sister Elissa served as director of religious education at St. Leo Parish, West Salem and pastoral associate at St. Mary’s, Bangor, Wis. She returned to Viterbo College where she served as coordinator of the Research Projects in the Advanced Program and taught Spirituality in the Workplace. Sister Elissa retired to St. Rose Convent in 2004 and moved to Villa St. Joseph in 2007 due to failing health.

Community members, family and friends remember Sister Elissa as a dedicated teacher. She exhibited incredible patience and tact in working with students. “Students spoke about how the way they looked at their lives changed as a result of taking a class with her,” a Viterbo faculty member said. She was listed in the Who’s Who among America’s Teachers twice and an endowed scholarship was established in her honor in 2006 at Viterbo University. When not involved in the field of formal education, Sister Elissa continued using her skill as an educator as a DRE and pastoral associate.

Growing up in Hawaii, Sister Elissa had a keen love for flowers, song and dance. She would occasionally share memories of the infamous Pearl Harbor Day and its devastating effect on the people and land she loved.

Sister Elissa is survived by her Franciscan community; five brothers: Mr. and Mrs. Donald Kamaka, Honolulu, Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Kamaka, Daly City, California, Mr. and Mrs. Philip Kamaka, Henderson, Nevada, Mr. and Mrs. Vincent Kamaka, Pearl City, Hawaii, and Edmund Kamaka, Tucson; five sisters: Katherine (James) Swannie, Venice, Florida, Gwendolyn Achui, Santa Maria, California, Pat Igawa and Caroline Victorino, Honolulu, and Charlotte Hoach, Mesa, Arizona; and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her sister Anna and brother Walter.

Friends may call after 3:15 p.m., Wednesday, June 18, at St. Rose Convent. A prayer service will be held Wednesday, June 18, at 6:30 p.m. in Mary of the Angels Chapel. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated for Sister Elissa in Mary of the Angels Chapel on Thursday, June 19, at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, La Crosse.

Memorials may be sent to Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration, 912 Market Street, La Crosse, Wisconsin 54601-4782 or by using the online form.

 

Sister Mary Avila Wittig

Sister Mary Avila Wittig, FSPASister Mary Avila Wittig, Franciscan Sister of Perpetual Adoration, 95, died Saturday, April 26, 2014. She was in the 73rd year of her religious profession.

Sister Mary Avila, the second oldest of 13 children of Ignatz and Julia (Kainz) Wittig, was born on May 16, 1918, (her parents’ wedding anniversary) in Durand, Wis. At her baptism she was given the name Margaret Mary. She attended Sacred Heart School, Lima, through her junior year in high school. After God, the FSPA, who were her teachers, were her greatest inspiration. She asked to have them mentioned in her obituary: Sisters Kathleen, Arsenia, Rosaria, Agnita, Joan, Rosita, Anna, Alphonsine, Jeremiah and Isaiah. Margaret enjoyed learning; it was a sacrifice when she was asked to stay at home to help her mother rather than complete high school. When her sister Marie had graduated, she took Margaret’s place caring for the home and children, enabling Margaret to finish school. Margaret obtained a job at Sacred Heart Hospital, Eau Claire, where her older sister was employed. She had a deep desire to join the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration at St. Rose Convent. When she had earned money enough for her dowry to St. Rose, Margaret returned home. Suddenly she experienced doubt and turmoil. The appointed day for her entrance came and went. She talked with one of the sisters at the school. On Aug. 20, 1938, as she traveled to La Crosse, Margaret was still filled with indecision. Once she was dressed in her aspirant’s uniform, however, the struggle ended.

Margaret was received into the novitiate on Aug. 12, 1939, and was given the name Sister Mary Avila. She pronounced first vows on Aug. 12, 1941, and made final profession on Aug. 9, 1947.

Entering the field of education, Sister Mary Avila ministered as a teacher for 42 years in schools in Iowa, Mississippi and Wisconsin including eight years at St. James and St. John’s, La Crosse, seven years as principal at Holy Rosary, Lima, and six years each at St. Mary’s Ridge and Festina, Iowa. From 1985-1992 she worked for social services in caring for children at Casa de Esperanza, Houston, Texas. Sister Mary Avila retired to St. Rose Convent in 1992 and to Villa St. Joseph in 2013.

Community members, family and friends remember her as a deeply spiritual, prayerful woman. She was a staunch defender of the unborn and a great advocate of the missions. For years, Sister Mary Avila made rosaries and collected holy cards and prayer books to send to the missions. While she was at St. Rose Convent, one could find boxes of needles, buttons and thimbles always in perfect order. She loved St. Rose Convent and attended every event she could at the motherhouse. Those who lived and prayed with her found her to be kind, courteous and very appreciative of the community and anything anyone did for her.

Sister Mary Avila is survived by her Franciscan community; four sisters: Marie Wittig, Durand; Helen Stilson, Condon; Ore., Edna Fischer, Bayport, Minn.; Gertrude (Kenneth) Holmstadt, Plum City; two brothers: James and Louis Wittig, both of Durand, and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her brothers Joseph, Anthony, Alfred and Edward, and her sisters Anna and Theresa.

Friends may call after 3:15 p.m. on Thursday, May 1, 2014, when her body will be brought to St. Rose Convent, La Crosse. A prayer service will be held at 6:30 p.m. in Mary of the Angels Chapel that evening. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, May 2, at 10 a.m. in Mary of the Angels Chapel. Burial will be in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, La Crosse.

Memorials may be sent to Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration, 912 Market Street, La Crosse, Wisconsin, 54601-4782 or by using the online donation form.

 

Sister Dorothy (Ann Patrick) Sweeney, FSPA

Sister Dorothy Sweeney, FSPASister Dorothy Sweeney, Franciscan Sister of Perpetual Adoration, 92, died Monday, Feb. 24, 2014, at Villa St. Joseph, La Crosse. She was in the 53rd year of her religious profession.

Sister Dorothy Elizabeth was born on Nov. 27, 1921, to Francis James and Angelina Johanna (Donovan) Sweeney in Sutherland, Iowa. Dorothy attended a little country school in Sutherland. As a little girl, she would follow her father around the farm and eventually learned how to milk cows and do other chores. The family would gather around the piano in the evenings with her mother playing and the girls singing. On Christmas day of 1929 her father fell from the windmill and died.

Dorothy's contact with sisters was at summer catechism classes. She thought of becoming a sister, but the idea would soon vanish. Dorothy was not interested in going to high school because learning was not easy for her. Her mother, however, convinced her to go. With high school completed, Dorothy applied to two Catholic hospitals for nurses’ training. She was not accepted, so worked for a year in a home caring for two motherless children. She applied to Willows Maternity Hospital in Kansas City, was accepted, and worked there for three years. Then she was invited to work at her hometown hospital where she served for 11 years. Dorothy was happy about being close to home for her mother had remarried and her step-father had died two years later. As she attended Sunday Mass each week, she was reminded of a religious vocation, for the parishioners always prayed for vocations. Again she put the thought off and went to Queen of the World Hospital, Kansas City, where she received training to be a licensed practical nurse and earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing. After that, she applied to enter the Benedictine Sisters in Madison. She was accepted and planned to enter, but the entrance date was on the same day as the nursing exams. Then she received a notice that she was refused entrance. She was deeply disappointed but pursued her dream and entered St. Rose Convent on Sept. 20, 1958.

Dorothy was received into the novitiate on Aug. 12, 1959, and was given the name Sister Ann Patrick. (Later she returned to her baptismal name.) She made profession of vows on Aug. 12, 1961, and final vows on Aug. 9, 1966.

Having been a licensed practical nurse before she entered, Sister Dorothy continued nursing for 14 years in Wisconsin at Sparta, Hillsboro, Villa St. Joseph and St. Francis Hospital, La Crosse. Sister Dorothy ministered in El Salvador for two years as a nurse. She returned to the States to serve as a nurse at St. Anthony Hospital, Carroll, Iowa, two years before earning certification in pastoral care. She was chaplain at St. Anthony’s from 1977 to 1990. Sister Dorothy returned to St. Rose Convent, providing pastoral care for the sisters for several years both before and after her retirement in 1998. She made the Villa her home in 2005.

Her community members, family and friends remember Sister Dorothy as a kind-hearted, happy, generous woman who loved life. The sparkle in her Irish eyes always lit up a room. Sister Dorothy loved everybody and affirmed everyone. She was willing to assist a sister in whatever way was needed, be that with some medical or pastoral concern. Many have said of her that she was a great listener, who empowered those she served. The gift shop had a hard time keeping her colorful, crocheted dishcloths in stock.

Sister Dorothy is survived by her Franciscan community, her sister Florence Ihry, Royal, Iowa, and nieces and nephews. Her parents, her brother Paul and her sisters Marjorie, Catherine and Frances preceded her in death.

Friends may call after 3:15 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 27, when her body will be brought to St. Rose Convent. A prayer service will be held at 6:30 p.m. in Mary of the Angels Chapel. Rev. Richard Tulko, OFM, convent chaplain, will preside at the Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 28, in Mary of the Angels Chapel. Burial will be in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, La Crosse.

Memorials may be sent to Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration, 912 Market Street, La Crosse, WI 54601-4782 or by using the online donation form.

 

Sister Marlene Bauer, FSPA

Sister Marlene Bauer, FSPASister Marlene (Mary Gerald) Bauer, Franciscan Sister of Perpetual Adoration, 75, died Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013, at Villa St. Joseph, La Crosse. She was in the 54th year of her religious profession.

Marlene Theresa Bauer was born to Anton and Mabel Bauer on Dec. 13, 1938 in Lima, Wis. Their marriage was blessed with four sons and one daughter. Marlene and her brothers grew up on the family farm in Pepin County, Wisconsin. The children walked about a fourth of a mile to catch the school bus that delivered them to Sacred Heart Grade School. High school was just a few more steps down the corridor and up a flight of stairs. During her high school years, Marlene took up the clarinet which she played in the school band and pep band, even competing with a quartet at a state meet where they received a first rating. After high school Marlene followed a call to St. Rose Convent.

She entered the novitiate on Aug. 12, 1957 and received the name of Sister Mary Gerald. Later she returned to her baptismal name. She made profession of vows on Aug. 12, 1959 and final profession on Aug. 10, 1964.

Sister Marlene chose elementary education as her ministry. She earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a master’s in educational psychology. She served in parochial schools in Wisconsin for 17 years. After leaving the classroom, she moved into parish ministry as a secretary at St. Joseph Church in Menomonie from 1983 to 1993. Continuing in the secretarial role, she ministered at St. Rose Convent until she retired to Villa St. Joseph in 2005.

Her Franciscan community, family and friends remember Sister Marlene as a quiet, gentle person, always willing to help wherever she could. She valued the opportunity to serve the community. Those who worked with her considered her generous, reliable and flexible. She would stop whatever she was doing to help someone. No task was too big or too small for her. As secretary at St. Rose, she was one of the first to learn computer skills; she graciously assisted others with the new technology.

Sister Marlene is survived by her Franciscan community, her brothers James (Judy) from Hudson, Wis., and Dennis (Eileen) from Minneapolis, and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and her brothers Gerald and Donald.

Friends may call after 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014, at St. Rose Convent. A prayer service will be held at 6:30 p.m. in Mary of the Angels Chapel. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 2, in the chapel. Burial will be in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, La Crosse.

Memorials may be sent to Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration, 912 Market Street, La Crosse, WI 54601-4782 or by using the online donation form.

 

Sister Jeanice Lohman, FSPASister Jeanice Lohman, FSPA

Sister Jeanice Lohman, Franciscan Sister of Perpetual Adoration, 99, died on Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013, at Villa St. Joseph, La Crosse. She was in the 79th year of her religious profession.

Sister Jeanice was born the second of four children to Bernard and Mary (Fullenkamp) Lohman on April 23, 1914, in West Point, Iowa. At her baptism she was named Mary Clara Gertrude, but called Gertrude. When Gertrude was four years old, her sister Mary Catherine was born and her mother died a few days later. Her father was unable to care for the four little girls by himself so a cousin came to their home to take care of the household and the three oldest children and the baby was taken by an aunt. Two years later Gertrude’s father married Margaret Koepping. She immediately won the heart of the three girls. Eight children were born of this marriage though three died shortly after birth. Gertrude attended St. Mary’s School for both grade and high school. Gertrude’s class made many interesting trips during high school and she felt very privileged. Long had she cherished the hope of someday entering St. Rose Convent, and her hopes were fulfilled on June 20, 1932, when she and two classmates and a cousin (Sister Ruth Winnike) traveled to La Crosse.

Gertrude was received into the novitiate and given the name Sister Jeanice on Aug. 8, 1933. She pronounced first vows on Aug. 6, 1935, and final vows on Aug. 9, 1941.

Entering the teaching profession with a bachelors’ degree in history and mathematics and a masters’ degree in physics, Sister Jeanice served for three years as an elementary teacher and 11 years as a secondary teacher in parochial schools in Iowa, Montana and Wisconsin. From 1950-1964 she served as supervisor of elementary and secondary schools for the Diocese of La Crosse and the schools staffed by the FSPA congregation. Sister Jeanice was elected as FSPA assistant to the Mother General, a position she held for six years, while continuing to be Director of Education for the congregation. For the next ten years Sister Jeanice was coordinator of St. Rose Convent. After a sabbatical year she was hired by Viterbo College as manager of housekeeping. In 1990 she moved back to St. Rose where she was tour guide, heritage curator, gift shop manager and part-time receptionist until her retirement in 1995. She made the Villa her home in 2006.

Community members, family and friends remember Sister Jeanice as a great organizer, a friend and support in time of need, and a woman of prayer. She had a keen ability to analyze a situation and gently work toward a solution. Her motto for teachers, “Be firm, but exceedingly kind,” was one she lived by in all her actions. She loved her family and enjoyed keeping in touch with them.

Sister Jeanice is survived by her Franciscan Community; three sisters, Mary Catherine Scolaro, Westchester, Ill., Geraldine Corn, Gaithersburg, Md., and Monica (Lane) Mathena, Nixa, Mo.; two brothers, Bernard Lohman, West Point, Iowa, and Urban Lohman, Dallas Texas; and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, Albert and Thomas and four sisters, Margaret, Rita, Elizabeth and Jeanice.

Friends may call after 3:15 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 26, when her body will be brought to St. Rose Convent. A prayer service will be held at 6:30 p.m. that evening in Mary of the Angels Chapel. The Mass of Christian Burial will be in Mary of the Angels Chapel at 10 a.m., Friday, Dec. 27. Burial will be in Gate of Heaven Catholic Cemetery, La Crosse.

An education fund is being set up in her honor. Memorials may be sent to Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration, 912 Market Street, La Crosse, WI, 54601-4782 or through the online donation form.

 

Sister Mary (Coronita) Rohlik

Sister Mary Rohlik, FSPASister Mary (Coronita) Rohlik, Franciscan Sister of Perpetual Adoration, 104, died Dec. 9, 2013, at Villa St. Joseph, La Crosse. She was in the 79th year of her religious profession. In 1990 Sister Mary retired to Villa St. Joseph because of increasing difficulty with mobility. At the age of 100, she was still moving herself around in her wheelchair when she received birthday greetings from Barack and Michelle Obama.

Mary Josephine was born to Thomas and Josephine (Boudy) Rohlik on May 12, 1909, in Seaforth, Minn. Because she was born in the month of May, her parents named her Mary. At the age of six she began her education at a country school in the area. Mary enjoyed not only the lessons, but the varied activities at the school: games, programs, basket-socials, hunting gophers and end-of-the-year family picnics. When not in school, Mary spent a lot of time helping take care of her five younger brothers and two younger sisters. After graduating from eighth grade, she attended St. Mary’s High School in Sleepy Eye, Minn. Four years later she attended the normal school at Redwood Falls, Minn. She was now prepared to teach, which she did for the next four years. It was during this time that an article in the Sacred Heart Messenger on vocations caught her attention. Mary spoke with her parish priest who encouraged her to enter the convent. On Aug. 14, 1932, Mary came to La Crosse and St. Rose Convent.

Mary entered the novitiate on Aug. 8, 1933, and was given the name Sister Coronita. (She later returned to her baptismal name) She pronounced first vows on Aug. 6, 1935 and final vows on Aug. 9, 1941.

After earning a degree in history, education and English, Sister Coronita entered the teaching profession and served as a primary teacher for 40 years in elementary schools in Iowa, Washington and Wisconsin. From 1975-1979, she lived and volunteered at the FSPA Western Province Home in Spokane, Wash. Before retiring to Villa St. Joseph in 1990, Sister Mary was a living companion for FSPA in several places in the western United States and volunteered as a tutor, religious education teacher, librarian or home care aide.

Community members and family remember Sister Mary as one who was kind, gentle, helpful and loved little children. One could not be sure if the sparkle in her eye was because she loved life or she was ready for a little mischief. She had a wonderful sense of humor. Before her sight failed she could be found working puzzles or playing cards. Sister Mary had a great devotion to Our Blessed Mother, on whose feast day she died.

Sister Mary is survived by her Franciscan Community; one brother, Donald (Eleanor) Rohlik, ShowLow, Ariz., two sister-in-laws, Elaine Rohlik and Genevieve Rohlik, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins, including Sister Karolyne Rohlik, FSPA. She was preceded in death by her parents, her brothers Thomas, George, Clarence and Richard, and her sisters Dorothy and Nora.
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The wake service for Sister Mary will be Monday, Dec. 9, at 4 p.m. at Villa St. Joseph Chapel. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Tuesday, Dec. 10, at 9 a.m. at the Villa. Burial will be at the natural burial grounds for the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration at Villa St. Joseph immediately following the service. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at Mary of the Angels Chapel on Tuesday, Dec. 17.

Memorials may be sent to Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration, 912 Market Street, La Crosse, WI 54601-4782 or by using the online donation form.

 

Sister Ardelle DeClerck, FSPA

Sister Ardelle DeClerck, FSPASister Ardelle DeClerck, Franciscan Sister of Perpetual Adoration, 91, died Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, at Villa St. Joseph, La Crosse. She was in the 71st year of her religious profession.

Mary Evelyn Philomene was the only child born to Arthur and Adrienne (Gotelaere) DeClerck on Sept. 10, 1922, in Superior, Wis. Mary’s father’s first wife died during the flu epidemic; their marriage was blessed with four daughters.

When Mary was three years old, her mother placed her in junior primary school until she entered Sts. Anthony and Margaret School at the age of six. She enjoyed school. Mary would often run off looking for playmates in the neighborhood. Her first year of secondary education was at Franklin Junior High, followed by two years at Cathedral High. Mary enjoyed roller skating, ice skating, riding bicycle and dancing. Since eighth grade Mary felt a call to religious life. It was on Aug. 12, 1941, that she and her friends Sister Mary Kay Maloney (d. 2008), Sister Caroline Lally (d. 2001) and Mary Boyce entered St. Rose Convent.

Mary entered novitiate on Aug. 12, 1941 and received the name of Sister Ardelle. She made profession of vows on Aug. 12, 1943, and final profession on Aug. 9, 1949.

Sister Ardelle served in the nursing field for 42 years as an operating room supervisor, emergency room supervisor, inhalation therapist and instructor, and director of respiratory services in hospitals in Wisconsin, Idaho, Iowa, New York and Minnesota. For several years, she was assistant director of Dove Health Care in Superior. When she retired from nursing in 1988, Sister Ardelle became pastoral assistant and parish housekeeper at St. Anthony’s, Superior. She moved to St. Rose Convent in 1998 and retired to Villa St. Joseph in 2008.

Her Franciscan community, family and friends will remember Sister Ardelle as a soft-spoken, compassionate woman with a great sense of humor. She was generous and loyal. Those who worked with her in the hospitals referred to her as the kindest supervisor one could have. When Fr. Ray Schooney, for whom she was housekeeper, became ill, Sister Ardelle did all she could to help him to stay with his parish as long as possible. Many sisters were recipients of the delicately cut palm crosses she created.

Sister Ardelle is survived by her Franciscan community, nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents and her sisters: Dorothy, Mildred, Cyrilla and Lorraine.

Friends may call after 3:15 p.m., on Wednesday, Dec. 11, at St. Rose Convent. A prayer service will be held at 6:30 p.m. in Mary of the Angels Chapel. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 12, in the chapel. Burial will be at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, La Crosse.

Memorials may be sent to Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration, 912 Market Street, La Crosse, Wis. 54601-4782 or through the online donation form.

 

 

Sister Dorothy (Donita) Pieper, FSPA

Sister Dorothy Pieper, FSPASister Dorothy (Donita) Pieper, Franciscan Sister of Perpetual Adoration, 79, died on Dec. 5, 2013 at Villa St. Joseph, La Crosse. She was in the 56th year of her religious profession.

Dorothy and her twin brother, Donald, were born on Sept. 7, 1934, to Ludger and Anna (Brueggeman) Pieper on an irrigation farm in Scottsbluff, Neb. The family grew sugar beets and potatoes and had a few steers and colts. When the twins were four years old, their father bought a small pony and had a little red cart made. That became their transportation to kindergarten. Due to their father’s health, the family moved to St. Mary’s Ridge, Wis., two years later. During the summers, the children picked berries and helped with haymaking and getting the cows. Dorothy attended St. Mary’s for her first two years of high school and then transferred to Cashton High School. After graduation she enrolled in commercial classes at the La Crosse Vocational and Adult School. Putting her learning to use, Dorothy was hired at S.M. Supply Company, La Crosse, in the billing department. She enjoyed the work, but in the summer of 1955, she decided to fulfill her life’s desire of being a religious sister. She entered St. Rose Convent on Sept. 11, 1955.

Dorothy was received into the novitiate on Aug. 12, 1956, receiving the name Sister Donita. (Later, she returned to her baptismal name.) She made first profession of vows on Aug. 12, 1958, and final profession on Aug. 10, 1963.

Entering the education profession, Sister Dorothy taught in elementary schools in Mississippi, Wisconsin and Washington for 19 1/2 years. After leaving the classroom, she served as librarian for nine years in Lincoln, Ill., and Cathedral School, La Crosse. For one year, Sister Dorothy worked as Director of Religious Education in Claxton, Ga. In 1992, she continued her education at St. Francis Medical Center, La Crosse, in Clinical Pastoral Education. From 1993-2004 she ministered as receptionist at St. Rose Convent. Sister Dorothy was also appointed sacristan at the convent and continued to volunteer as receptionist. For several years she volunteered in the chapel until she suffered a stroke. She always responded generously to the needs that arose. She retired at St. Rose in 2008 and moved to Villa St. Joseph in 2010.

Sister Dorothy is remembered for her gentleness and creativity. Not only did her eye for beauty extend to flower arrangements for the chapel, but her water colors grace many walls. During her time at St. Rose, she could be found taking classes in Scripture and watercolor, watering the plants, preparing meals for affiliate gatherings, helping with prayer partner programs, or just being a friendly presence.

Sister Dorothy is survived by her Franciscan community; two brothers, Don (Ardella) Pieper and Paul (Caroline) Pieper, both of Cashton, Wis., two sisters, Alfrieda Roth, La Crosse, and Carolyn (Conrad) Hager, Madison, and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents.

Friends may call after 3:15 p.m. Monday, Dec. 9, when her body will be brought to St. Rose Convent. A prayer service will be held at 6:30 p.m. in Mary of the Angels Chapel. Rev. Richard Tulko, OFM, will preside at the Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 10, in Mary of the Angels Chapel. Burial will be in Gate of Heaven Cemetery.

Memorials may be sent to Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration, 912 Market Street,La Crosse, WI 54601-4782 or by using the online donation form.


 

Sister Beatrice (Donna) Hytry, FSPA

Sister Beatrice (Donna) Hytry, FSPASister Beatrice Hytry, FSPA, 90, died Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013, at Villa St. Joseph, La Crosse. She was in the 70th year of her religious profession.

Sister Beatrice was born the oldest child of George and Carrie (Daul) Hytry on July 12, 1923, in Dancy, Wis. She grew up on a farm. Her father worked as a night-watchman at the local lumber mill. As the oldest of 15 children she shared in the care of her younger siblings. With her sister Elaine, Beatrice started first grade in a little country school in Green Valley. Her mother took them for the first day. Elaine stayed in the classroom, but Beatrice followed her mother out, only to be returned. She spent eight years in the public school and two years at St. Patrick’s School, Halder, Wis. Beatrice entered St. Rose Convent on Aug. 15, 1940.

On Aug. 12, 1942, Beatrice was received into the novitiate and was given the name Sister Donna. (Later, she chose to return to her baptismal name.) She made first profession of vows on Aug. 12, 1944, and final profession on Aug. 9, 1950.

Teaching was her chosen ministry. Sister Beatrice served as a primary teacher in parochial schools in Iowa and Wisconsin for 45 years. After leaving the classroom full time, she was a substitute teacher for several years and did child care for a year. From 1993-2000 Sister Beatrice ministered as a tutor in Durand, Wis., and La Crosse (Cathedral and St. James Schools). She retired in La Crosse in 2001 and moved to St. Rose Convent in 2005. Sister Beatrice made her home at the Villa in 2007.

Summer school usually followed the end of the regular school year. She spent six weeks on three Indian Reservations near Spokane, Wash. Here she taught in very primitive conditions. At one place with a 4-year-old girl on her lap and a big shepherd dog at her feet, she proceeded to teach the children about God. Another summer she was at the atomic bomb center in Washington where she had 60 students. There was sitting room only. For several summers she helped develop a phonics program to go along with the Scott Foresman readers. Sister Beatrice enjoyed her retirement helping in classrooms, babysitting, working in a day care center and sewing.

Community members, family, friends remember Sister Beatrice as one who enjoyed simple things, loved the color blue and was very fond of animals. She loved to tease and often gave witty responses. Asked how she was, she replied, “I be fine!” Sister Beatrice was a great calligrapher.

Sister Beatrice is survived by her Franciscan community including two sisters: Sister Juanita and Sister Mary Eve, both of La Crosse; eight other sisters: Elaine Hoffman, Ladysmith; Lenore Martin, Loyal; Ramona Stockton, Hutchinson, Kansas; Wanda (Duane) Ripp, Alma Center; Veronica (Roland) Gilles, Sheboygan Falls; Donna Mayer, La Crosse; Kelly Gansel, La Crosse, and Noreen (Roger) Kieffer, Rochester, Wis.; and a brother Dan (Elaine) Hytry, Plymouth, Wis.; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, a sister, Gaiola, and brothers: John and David.

Friends may call after 3:15 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013, at St. Rose Convent. A prayer service will be held at 6:30 p.m. in Mary of the Angels Chapel. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 5, in the chapel. Burial will be in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, La Crosse.

Memorials may be sent to Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration, 912 Market Street, La Crosse, Wisconsin, 54601-4782 or by using the online donation form.

 

 

Sister Josephine Mary (Mary Lourde) Weiler, FSPA

Sister Josephine Mary Weiler, FSPASister Josephine Mary Weiler, FSPA, 91, died Monday, Nov. 18, 2013, at Villa St. Joseph, La Crosse. She was in the 71st year of her religious profession.

Sister Josephine Mary was born on May 18, 1922, to Anton and Amelia Emma (Lavicka) Weiler in Athens, Wis. Josephine had eight brothers and four sisters; two of her brothers died in infancy. They grew up on a farm. Josephine and her brother Frank (closest in age) became favorite companions. When she started first grade at the country school, she had to walk with her sister Catherine. She didn’t like school and would sometimes turn around and go home only to find some punishment or the trip back to school alone waiting for her. The next year, however, she walked with Frank and got “to show him the ropes.” This gave her a certain amount of pride and she learned to like school. Josephine was bold and fought for her rights. She was happy when they could transfer to St. Anthony’s School. She and several others walked the five miles to and from school often starting out at 6 a.m. to be at church in time for the 8 a.m. Mass. After graduation from eighth grade she attended junior high at St. Anthony’s. Soon everything was dissatisfactory to her. Her mother noticed and reprimanded her. It was then that Josephine told her mother that she wanted to go to the convent. Her parents were pleased with her decision, and preparations were made for her entrance on Aug. 15, 1938.

Josephine was received into the novitiate on Aug. 12, 1940, and received the name Sister Mary Lourde. Later she returned to her baptismal name. She made first profession of vows on Aug. 12, 1942, and final profession on Aug. 9, 1948.

Entering the field of education, Sister Josephine Mary taught on the elementary level for 11 years and then in high school for a year before moving on to college level. She served as a math and physics instructor at Viterbo College for 14 years from 1955 to 1971, with time in between to attend Catholic University. In 1971 Sister Josephine Mary taught at St. James School and Newman High School in Wausau, Wis., and at a high school in St. Paul, Minn. She returned to Newman High School, Wausau, from 1979 to 1989 where she taught math, science and physics. For one year she served as Director of Curriculum at Newman and then a year as administrative assistant of Wausau Area Catholic Schools. In 1990 she moved to Loyal, Wis., as principal. From 1992 to 2008 she served as tutor at Huntington Learning Center and Milwaukee Achievers Literacy Services for Adults. She was a volunteer at Villa St. Joseph in 2008 and retired to St. Rose Convent in 2010.

Community members, family, and friends will remember Sister Josephine Mary as energetic, curious and dedicated. She described herself as a “tough teacher teaching tough subjects,” but her students loved her and learned to love mathematics and science. She enjoyed sewing, crossword puzzles, aqua aerobics, painting and taking care of plants. Sister Josephine Mary was always aware of creating community among the people with whom she worked and lived.

Sister Josephine Mary is survived by her Franciscan community; her sister Martha (Leonard) Genger, West Allis, Wis., and her brother Frank Weiler, Montello, Wis.,, and nieces and nephews. Her parents, her brothers Anthony, Peter, Edward (infant death), Lawrence, Paul (infant death), Edward and James, and her sisters Anne, Dolores and Catherine, preceded her in death.

Friends may call after 3:15 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 21, at St. Rose Convent, La Crosse. A prayer service will be held at 6:30 p.m. in Mary of the Angels Chapel. Reverend Richard Tulko, OFM, chaplain, will preside at the Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 22, in the chapel. Burial will be in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, La Crosse.

Memorials may be sent to Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration, 912 Market Street, La Crosse, Wisconsin 54601-4782 or through the online donation form.


 

Sister Agnes (Gonzaga) Schweiger, FSPA

Sister Agnes Schweiger, FSPASister Agnes Schweiger, Franciscan Sister of Perpetual Adoration, 92, died on Veterans Day, Monday, Nov. 11, 2003, at Villa St. Joseph, La Crosse. She was in the 60th year of her religious profession.

Sister Agnes, the daughter of Peter and Elizabeth (Lothspeich) Schweiger, was born on Dec. 20, 1920, on a wheat and cattle ranch not far from Colfax, Wash. She attended St. John’s School, Colfax, for grades 1-3 and La Crosse Grade and High School in La Crosse, Wash., for grades 4-12. Three years later she entered nurses' training at Sacred Heart School of Nursing and wrote her board exams. At that time, nurses were being recruited for war duty so Agnes joined the Air Force and was an air evacuation nurse. She served in the U.S. Army Air Force as a second lieutenant and later became a first lieutenant. For her service she received the Asiatic Pacific Service Medal, the American Campaign Medal and World War II Victory Medal. After her travels she took a job in industrial nursing.

Later she attended Gonzaga University and earned a degree in nursing education and public health nursing. Through all these years Agnes experienced a discontent, a wondering if she had found her place in life. Several courses in philosophy made her conscious of the deep longing to enter a kind of life where she would be more certain of attaining truth, goodness and beauty. She began to pray for a trip to Rome. For an answer, Agnes found herself entering St. Rose Convent before the year 1950 had ended.

Agnes was received into the novitiate on Aug. 12, 1951, and was given the name Sister Gonzaga. She later returned to her baptismal name. Sister Gonzaga pronounced first vows on Aug. 12, 1953, and made final profession on Aug. 11, 1959.

Having earned registered nurse training, Sister Gonzaga ministered as a R.N. and instructor for 26 years at St. Francis Hospital and School of Nursing, La Crosse. From 1983-2001 Sister Agnes worked at Holy Name Infirmary and Holy Names Care Center, Spokane. She retired in 2002 in Spokane and moved to Villa St. Joseph in 2005.

Community members, family and friends remember Sister Agnes as a quiet, caring individual. She loved her family and continually shared stories about them. She was well loved, not only by her FSPA community but by the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary (SNJM) with whom she worked for many years in Spokane.

One of the highlights of Sister Agnes’ life happened May 4, 2013, when she was invited to participate in a Freedom Flight to Washington, D.C. along with other honored WWII and Korean War veterans. Upon her return from the trip she kept the experience alive by reading the materials she received, looking at the pictures and sharing her memories with anyone who came to visit her.

Sister Agnes is survived by her Franciscan community; three sisters: Marjorie Schweiger, Spokane, Sabina (Richard) Turner, Memphis, Cecelia (Thomas) Soran, Gig Harbor, Wash.; and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers, George, Peter and Paul, and one sister Mary Schweiger.

Friends may call after 3:15 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 13, at St. Rose Convent, La Crosse. A prayer service will be held at 6:30 p.m. in Mary of the Angels Chapel. Rev. Richard Tulko, OFM, chaplain, will preside at the Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 14, in Mary of the Angels Chapel. Burial will be in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, La Crosse, with military honors by the Roy L. Vinger American Legion Post 52 of La Crosse and the U.S. Army Funeral Honor Guard. Jandt Fredrickson Funeral Home is assisting with the services.

Memorials may be sent to Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration, 912 Market Street, La Crosse, Wisconsin, 54601-8800 or by using the online donation form.

 

Sister Donna (Rose Paul) Schwager

Sister Donna Schwager, FSPASister Donna Schwager, Franciscan Sister of Perpetual Adoration, 84, died suddenly Friday, Oct. 11, 2013, at Villa St. Joseph, La Crosse, Wisconsin, while recuperating from recent heart surgery. She was in the 65th year of her religious profession.

The daughter of Antone and Mathilda (Goscha) Schwager, Donna Mary, was born on Feb. 26, 1929, on a farm near Andrew, Iowa. She attended Andrew Public School for grades one through ten. She and her brothers were basketball players and played softball at home. Donna spent most of her time outdoors and served as “water-boy” until she was old enough to help with mowing the hay. She joined 4-H and learned to cook and sew in home economics class. She entered St. Rose Convent in 1946. Donna’s parents retired from farming and moved to Bellevue, Iowa, in 1945. She concluded her high school education at St. Joseph High School. She often said her senior year was the happiest; “The spirit in the Catholic School was conducive to studying, exhibited an atmosphere of loving relationships and an environment of friendliness.”

Donna was received into the novitiate on Aug. 12, 1947 and given the name Sister Rose Paul. She later returned to her baptismal name. She made first profession of vows on Aug. 12, 1949, and final vows on Aug. 9, 1955.

Entering the field of education, Sister Donna served as an elementary teacher for 20 years in parochial schools in Montana, Washington and Wisconsin. She earned a master’s degree in library science and was librarian at Kuemper High School, Carroll, Iowa, for six years before moving to La Crosse and working in the Viterbo College library until 1987. Sister Donna then served her FSPA community as a receptionist and driver at St. Rose Convent. She retired in 1997 but continued to catalog books for many other schools, Villa St. Joseph and Marywood Spirituality Center. For some weeks, she was in Zimbabwe in southern Africa, setting up a library at Bondolfi College where FSPAs ministered. For several years, she managed the media center at St. Rose. She moved to St. Rose Convent in 2009.

Community members, family, and friends will remember Sister Donna as quiet, kind and conscientious, always willing to take someone someplace. She enjoyed gardening, reading, baking breads, traveling, embroidery and playing cards. She was a beautiful calligrapher. Before moving to St. Rose, she would invite other sisters to a delicious meal in her apartment. Just a few years ago, Sister Donna went to Joplin, Missouri, after the tornado that devastated that area to help her niece, Sister Joan, restore the library.

Sister Donna is survived by her Franciscan community; her brother Wilfred (Phyllis) Schwager, Bellevue, Iowa, and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; her brothers: Antone, Sylvester, Vincent, Stephen, Alfred and Bennett; and her sisters: Armella (Mrs. Agnitsch) and Sister Mary Stephen, OSF.

Friends may call after 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 13, at St. Rose Convent. A prayer service will be held at 6:30 p.m. in Mary of the Angels Chapel. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 14, in the chapel. Burial will be in the Gate of Heaven Cemetery, La Crosse.

Memorials may be sent to Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration, 912 Market Street, La Crosse, Wisconsin 54601-4782 or through the online donation form.

 

Sister Joann (Annita Clare) Kaiser, FSPA

Sister Joann Kaiser, FSPASister Joann Kaiser, Franciscan Sister of Perpetual Adoration, 82, died on Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013, at Mayo Clinic Health System-Franciscan Healthcare, La Crosse, Wisconsin following complications due to pneumonia. She was in the 62nd year of her religious profession.

Joann was born July 18, 1931, to Matthias and Thecla (Wagner) Kaiser in Stratford, Wis. She grew up on the family farm with her five brothers and five sisters. As each one grew older, there was always a younger brother or sisters to take care of. Sister Joann shared that when they weren’t working on the farm, the children could be found playing ball. “There were enough in the family to make up two teams, especially on Sundays when relatives and neighbors would come…Seldom a summer passed without one or two windows being broken.”

In 1946, Joann entered St. Rose Convent. When she moved into the novitiate in 1950, she was given the name Sister Annita Clare. (She later returned to her baptismal name.) She made profession of vows in 1952. Sister Joann ministered for almost 50 years as a homemaker, including 25 in La Crosse at St. Rose Convent and Villa St. Joseph. In1986, she spent a year attending the Global Awareness Program in Cincinnati, Ohio, then a year in Chicago in the food service industry with the School Sisters of St. Francis. Sister Joann served as cafeteria manager at St. Rose Convent from 1988 until she retired in 2002. She enjoyed teaching English as she worked with the Hmong women, helping them feel welcome at St. Rose. She made her home at St. Rose Convent in 2009.

Community members and friends remember Sister Joann as kind and always willing to help others. She made the sisters and their guests feel at home in the St. Rose dining room, by her welcoming spirit and her beautiful festive center pieces—for every occasion. After moving to St. Rose Convent she continued sharing her creativity by making items for the gift shop.

Sister Joann is survived by her Franciscan Community, five sisters: Mildred (Anthony) Eilers, Monica (Richard) Baierl, both of Marshfield, Wis., Carol (Gary) Watson of Corvallis, Oregon, Sister Alice Kaiser, FSPA, and Sister Mae Kaiser, FSPA, and four brothers: Mark (Agnes) Kaiser, Joseph (Catherine) Kaiser, both of Stratford, Edward (Delphine) Kaiser of Appleton, Wis., and Paul (Joan) Kaiser of Great Falls, Mont., and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Father Leonard Kaiser.

Friends may call after 3:15 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013, when her body will be brought to St. Rose Convent. A prayer service will be held at 6:30 p.m. in Mary of the Angels Chapel. Reverend Richard Tulko, OFM, will celebrate the Mass of Christian Burial on Friday, Sept. 20, at 10 a.m. in Mary of the Angels Chapel. Burial will be in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, La Crosse. Schumacher-Kish Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements.

Memorials may be offered online or sent to Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration, 912 Market Street, La Crosse, Wisconsin 54601-4782.


Sister Mary Hornick, FSPA

 

Sister Mary (Magloire) Hornick, FSPA

Sister Mary Hornick, Franciscan Sister of Perpetual Adoration, 93, died on Monday, Sept. 9, 2013, at Villa St. Joseph, La Crosse. She was in the 73rd year of her religious profession.

Sister Mary was born to John (Ivan Horâck) and Veronica (Jokovac/Grgurich) Hornick on Sept. 15, 1919, in Dallas, Iowa. Mr. Hornick was a coal miner. The family moved often: from Calumet, Mich., to Madrid, Iowa, to Dallas then to High Bridge, Iowa, where she started her education. The mine there was flooded by the Des Moines River so the family moved back to Madrid and her father worked in the Eagle Coal Mine. Mary completed eighth grade and one year of high school in Madrid. Croation people are noted for their hospitality and their great love of music and song. It was from her father that she learned Croation songs and her love for dancing. From her mother she learned a great respect for God and his holy will. In 1932 a new pastor arrived and he was to be instrumental in helping Mary fulfill her desire of becoming a nun. When she entered St. Rose Convent on Aug. 15, 1935, she thought she was entering a cloistered convent and said good-bye to her family thinking she would never see them again. She and her family were pleasantly surprised when the postulants were allowed a visit the following summer.

Mary was received into the novitiate on Aug. 9, 1938, and was given the name Sister Magloire. (She later returned to her baptismal name.) She pronounced first vows on Aug. 12, 1940, and made final profession on Aug. 9, 1946.

Sister Mary served as an elementary teacher for 29 years in schools in California, Iowa, Montana, Washington and Wisconsin. For the next year she taught in a religious education program in Holdrege, Maine. From 1984-1987 Sister Mary was employed in social services in Elmhurst, Ill. Before retiring to St. Rose Convent in 1989, she resided in Wallace, Neb., where she assisted the ill. Sister Mary retired to the Villa in 2004.

Community members, family and friends remember Sister Mary as a model of Croation hospitality. She was ever solicitous about others. Sister Mary had a keen sense of humor. Always striving to live the teachings of the church, she would often share insights from her readings. Pope John Paul II’s apostolic exhortation on men and women religious was especially significant for her. One of her favorite quotes from the document fits her very well, “All who live the evangelical counsels share in the Redeemer’s death on the cross—also you have risen with him—and live in contnual love with him to a new life.”

Sister Mary is survived by her Franciscan community; her sister, Elizabeth Hornick, Coronado, Calif., and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers: John, Steve, and Victor; and five sisters: Eva, Viola, Lucy, Vera and Josephine.

The wake service for Sister Mary will be Tuesday, Sept. 10 at 4:00 p.m. at Villa St. Joseph Chapel. A burial service will be held Wednesday, Sept. 11 at 9:00 a.m. also at the Villa. Burial will be at the natural burial grounds for the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration at Villa St. Joseph immediately following the service. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at Mary of the Angels Chapel on Monday, Sept. 16 at 11:15 am.

Memorials may be sent to Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration, 912 Market Street,La Crosse, Wisconsin, 54601-4782 or by using the online donation form.


Sister Judine Kranc, FSPA

Sister Judine Kranc, FSPASister Judine Kranc, FSPA, 92, died Sunday, Aug. 18, 2013, at Villa St. Joseph, La Crosse. She was in the 71st year of her religious profession.

Born in La Crosse on Dec. 29, 1920, Sister Judine was the youngest child of Joseph and Rose (Berzcinski) Kranc. At baptism she received the name Irene Rosemary. She graduated from Holy Cross School and Aquinas High School in La Crosse. Irene was always a timid child until she took a public speaking course her junior and senior years of high school. The course included many public appearance experiences as well as radio broadcasts and addressing the speech teachers at the Teacher’s Convention. Following high school, she enrolled in La Crosse Vocational School for one year in business training. Because of her age, she could not find a job and became disillusioned. It was then that the call to religious life blossomed in her. She entered St. Rose Convent on Aug. 15, 1939.

Irene was received into the novitiate on Aug. 12, 1940, and received the name Sister Judine. She made first profession of vows on Aug. 12, 1942, and final profession on Aug. 9, 1948.

Having entered the field of education, Sister Judine taught for 15 years in elementary schools in Iowa, Washington and Wisconsin. She received her bachelor’s degree in education from Viterbo University and a master’s degree in business education, with minors in history and biology from University of Detroit. Sister Judine taught business courses at her alma mater, Aquinas High School, and Lima and Lansing high schools for a total of eleven years. For six years she served her FSPA community as treasurer of the Southern Province. From 1967-1991 She returned to Aquinas High School, again teaching business courses. Through her 23 years of service as secretary of Aquinas High School’s Council of Administration, Sister Judine received the institution’s St. Francis Staff Award for outstanding service. She retired at Aquinas Convent in 1991 and to her family home on South 14th Street in 1992. In 2012 Sister Judine moved to Villa St. Joseph.

Community members, family, and friends will remember Sister Judine as an excellent teacher and good friend. She served in several capacities for the Catholic Daughters of America in Wisconsin, including state chair for renewal and 34 years as typist. In her retirement she made hundreds of pairs of mittens and booties and numerous afghans for the needy.

Sister Judine is survived by her Franciscan community and nieces and nephews. Her parents, her brothers, Walter and Edmund, and her sisters, Eleanore and Mildred, preceded her in death.

Friends may call after 3:15 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 21, at St. Rose Convent, La Crosse. A prayer service will be held at 6:30 p.m. in Mary of the Angels Chapel. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 22, in the chapel. Burial will follow in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, La Crosse. Blaschke-Schneider Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements.

Memorials may be sent to Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration, 912 Market Street, La Crosse, Wisconsin 54601-4782 or by using the online donation form.

 

Sister Maryla Chapek, FSPASister Maryla Chapek, FSPA

Sister Maryla Chapek, FSPA, 95, died Friday, June 21, 2013, at Villa St. Joseph, La Crosse. She was in the 73rd year of her religious profession.

Sister Maryla was born on Dec. 19, 1917, to William and Anna (Bopp) Chapek near Richmond, Iowa. At her baptism she was given the name Margaret Teresa, but was always called Teresa. Teresa enjoyed following her father around in their grocery and began stocking shelves and clerking early on in her life. She enjoyed being in the store, but she also liked learning the homemaking skills from her mother. Teresa and her sister sewed their own clothes, made quilts and hook rugs and embroidered. At age six Teresa was enrolled in Holy Trinity School. Teresa and her sisters and some friends took turns doing the sacristy work at the parish during the summer months when the sisters were gone. Upon graduation from eighth grade, she thought her education was ended because there was no Catholic High School in Richmond. However, it was arranged that Teresa would be a boarder and attend St. Angela Academy in Carroll, Iowa. Teresa was very excited about this because her aunt, Sister Annella Bopp, FSPA, was stationed there. She enjoyed her years at St. Angela’s very much and it was there that her vocation was nurtured. She postponed her departure to religious life to help her parents at home for a year. During that year she did some practice teaching. She had eight first graders for a semester. Then her father fell ill and she was needed full time in the store. At the end of the year Teresa entered St. Rose Convent.

Teresa was received into the novitiate on Aug. 9, 1938, and was given the name Sister Maryla. She pronounced first vows on Aug. 12, 1940, and final vows on Aug. 9, 1946.

Entering the field of education, Sister Maryla taught for 47 years in parochial schools in Iowa and Wisconsin, including 16 years at Sherill, Iowa, and 16 years at Odanah, Wis. For the next five years she cared for her elderly mother. From 1992-2001 Sister Maryla lived in Cedar Rapids, volunteering at nursing homes, at the Central Region home, and, later, Prairiewoods Franciscan Spirituality Center. She retired to St. Rose Convent in 2001 where she volunteered at the Franciscan Spirituality Center in La Crosse. Sister Maryla moved to Villa St. Joseph in 2005.

Community members, family and friends will remember Sister Maryla as very gentle “regal queen.” Being the perfect hostess, hospitality was her hallmark. One of the highlights of her life, was what she thought was a “punishment mission—Odanah” turned out to be a great joy. She loved being a visiting “chaplain” in nursing homes, with her short prayer services, bringing Holy Communion, and singing songs. Sister Maryla was always a lady, generous, gracious and friendly, an industrious woman, a loyal community member and deeply prayerful. She never turned down an invitation to dinner, a party or an excursion.

Sister Maryla is survived by her Franciscan community and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her brothers Clement, Robert and Paul, and her sister Loretta.

Friends may call after 3:15 p.m. on Tuesday, June 25, at St. Rose Convent, La Crosse. A prayer service will be held at 6:30 p.m. in Mary of the Angels Chapel. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, June 26, in the chapel. Burial will be in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, La Crosse.

Memorials may be made through online donation or sent to Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration, 912 Market Street, La Crosse, Wis. 54601-4782.

 

 

Sister Norene Bollech, FSPASister Norene (Marie Francile) Bollech, FSPA

Sister Norene Bollech, Franciscan Sister of Perpetual Adoration, 92, died early Monday, May 27, 2013, at Villa St. Joseph, La Crosse. She was in the 73rd year of her religious profession.

Norene (Sister Marie Francile) was born on Ascension Thursday, May 5, 1921, in Athens, Wis., to Frank and Mary (Benesch) Bollech, the youngest of five children. Her maternal grandfather lived with the family. Among her earliest remembrances are the many and lengthy times he spent with her—telling her stories, playing games with her, teaching her and taking walks. Since he could understand only Byrish, a Bavarian dialect, both English and Byrish were spoken in the home. Consequently, Norene became bi-lingual.

Having four older siblings, she always had school books and educational materials around the house. Her parents added to this by including something educational among her Christmas gifts. Norene was most eager to go to school like her brothers and sisters, but she had to wait until she was six years old. The day finally came for her to start first grade. To her confusion and surprise, Sister Francina assigned her a desk among the second graders, disregarding her age. As a result, it was in second grade that she began her formal education, having been “home-schooled” before the practice was in vogue.

At age 11 as a seventh grader, Norene suddenly knew that she had to become a sister, though she didn’t really know what that completely meant or entailed. She applied to St. Rose Convent during her eighth grade, but was not accepted because of her age. After one year at Athens Public High School, Norene entered St. Rose on Aug. 15, 1935. There she completed her high school and was admitted to the novitiate on Aug. 9, 1938, where she received the name Sister Marie Francile. She made her first profession on Aug. 12, 1940, and final vows on Aug. 9, 1946.

Like most sisters at that time, she was sent to teach without a degree. She completed her college education during the following summers, graduating from Viterbo with a major in education and minors in English and Latin. Later she earned a Master of Arts in Theology from St. Xavier’s in Chicago.

Her teaching career spanned 40 years and acquainted her with students of all grades, one through eight. Her favorite subjects were the language arts and music. She was involved in CCD nearly every year as well as in the summer religious education sessions. These took her back to teaching the little folks, which she loved. Most of her teaching experience took place in Wisconsin—Ashland, Superior, Eau Claire, Sparta, Rozellville, and La Crosse. She taught in three schools in Spokane, Wash., and spent two years at Sacred Heart School in East Grand Forks, N. D. There she lived with 22 Benedictine sisters in their convent, which was a very rich experience for her.

After 40 years in the classroom, she spent nine years on the support staff at Viterbo College (University) in the mail and copy center. This ended when she was asked to take the position of Regional Secretary for the Eastern Region for Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration at Marywood, Wis. When her four-year term ended, she retired to St. Rose Convent, but immediately took on a daily volunteer ministry at the Indo-Chinese Clinic/St. Clare Health Mission. Her ministry at the free clinic for the uninsured consisted of secretarial and clerical work. After ten years and over 3,000 volunteer hours, she left St. Clare Health Mission because of open heart surgery for mitral valve repair.

During her retirement at St. Rose, Sister Norene was involved in other volunteer ministries. Among her favorites were writing the “Getting to Know You” column for the affiliate publication Connections, an occasional letter to the editor, and an article for Sisters Today. In 1995 she wrote the history of Villa St. Joseph. She made her home at the Villa in 2008.

Though not exactly a volunteer ministry, Sister Norene enjoyed crafting birthday cards for each sister; she would enclose interesting or humorous articles she had gathered. She typed and wrote letters for other sisters, as well as crocheted warm caps for the needy poor. She delighted in recreational reading.

Sister Norene is survived by her Franciscan community and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her brothers Leonard and Laurence, and her sisters Armella, Matilda and Mary Theresa.

Friends may call after 3:15 pm on Wednesday, May 29, 2013, at St. Rose Convent, La Crosse. A prayer service will be held at 6:30 p.m. in Mary of the Angels Chapel. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Thursday, May 30, in the chapel. Burial will be in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, La Crosse. Dickinson Funeral Home is assisting with the arrangements.

Memorials may be sent to Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration, 912 Market Street, La Crosse, Wis. 54601-8800 or by using the online donation form.

 

Sister Jolita Brill, FSPA

Sister Jolita Brill, FSPASister Jolita Brill, Franciscan Sister of Perpetual Adoration, 90, died on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at Villa St. Joseph, La Crosse. She was in her 65th year of religious profession.

Sister Jolita (Josephine) was born on Jan. 27, 1923, to Theodore and Mary Magdalena (Hoffmann) Brill in Colby, Wis. As a young girl she enjoyed helping her father cook maple syrup. Josephine started her elementary education at Lone Pine School in the Town of Hull, Wisconsin. After graduating from Lone Pine she spent most of her time working at home, for relatives and for neighbors. She spent one summer at Sturgeon Bay working in the cherry orchards. The year prior to entering St. Rose Convent, Josephine worked at St. Mary’s College in Winona, Minn.

In 1945 she joined her two sisters, Sister Clara and Sister Clarone, at St. Rose Convent, fulfilling a childhood dream. Choosing homemaking as her ministry, Sister Jolita served her sisters for 26 years in convent homes in Iowa, Washington and Wisconsin, including 11 years at St. Michael’s Home, La Crosse. The dietary kitchen at the Villa and St. Rose Convent kitchen were here ministry for three years each. In 1980 Sister Jolita became the chauffeur at St. Rose, accompanying sisters to their appointments or taking them to visit family; during this time she logged over 200,000 miles. While at St. Rose she proudly completed her G.E.D. at age 63, then took watercolor and icon classes. Among Sister Jolita’s multiple hobbies were reading, putting together puzzles, knitting, sewing, crocheting, photography, painting and quilt making. She retired in 2001. In 2010 Sister Jolita moved to Villa St. Joseph.

Sister Jolita is remembered for her kind, gentle spirit—and always “service with a smile.” She enjoyed traveling, long and short distances. One of Sister Jolita’s highlights was participating in a Franciscan pilgrimage to Rome and Assisi with her two sisters. Another special trip was going to Chicago in October 1979 to see Pope John Paul II. In 2004, she went on the Founding Energies Pilgrimage to Bavaria and ever since kept in touch with a few families she met there. Sister Jolita had an eye for beauty—and took a picture of anything that thrilled her. She converted many of her photographs into greeting cards. She also made cards out of many of her watercolors and icons. She packed all she could pack into her life.

Sister Jolita is survived by her religious community including a her sister, Sister Clarone Brill, La Crosse, also her sister Rita (Allyn) Sweet, South Milwaukee, brother Joseph (Louise) Brill, Colby, a brother-in-law Victor Bergs, Albuquerque, and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother Edward, and three sisters, Sister Clara, Agnes Bergs, and Theresa Bergs.

Friend may call after 3:15 p.m. on Thursday, May 23, when her body will be brought to St. Rose Convent. A prayer service will be held that evening at 6:30 p.m. in Mary of the Angels Chapel. Her distant cousin, Father Jeffrey Hennes from St. Anne’s Parish in Wausau will officiate at Sister Jolita’s Mass of Christian Burial which will be held on Friday, May 24, at 10:00 a.m. in Mary of the Angels Chapel. Burial will be in Gate of Heaven Cemetery.

Memorials may be sent to Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration, 912 Market Street, La Crosse, WI 54601-4782 or by using the online donation form.

 

Sister Rose Catherine Kuehner, FSPA

Rose Catherine Kuehner, FSPASister Rose Catherine Kuehner, Franciscan Sister of Perpetual Adoration, 99, died on Wednesday, May 15, 2013, at Villa St. Joseph, La Crosse. She was in the 73rd year of her religious profession.

Sister Rose Catherine (Mary Anna Kuehner) was born to Nicholas and Katherine (Hackman) Kuehner on Dec. 18, 1913, on a farm near St. Lucas, Iowa. Mary attended St. Luke’s School. After graduation from eighth grade she took a six week sewing course. She spent most of her time working as a hired girl for relatives and neighbors, as well as helping her parents at home. Their family had charge of one of the altars to decorate for Corpus Christi. Sister Rose Catherine considered her vocation as a continuation of the custom of love and reverence of the Eucharist practiced at home.

On Aug. 13, 1937 Mary entered St. Rose Convent. She was received into the novitiate on Aug. 9, 1938, and was given the name Sister Rose Catherine. She pronounced first vows on Aug. 12, 1940, and made final profession on Aug. 9, 1946.

Sister Rose Catherine served as a homemaker in convent homes in Idaho, Iowa, and Wisconsin for 51 years including 14 years in the kitchen and bakery at Villa St. Joseph. During several summers she worked with the poor through the Shared Horizons Program sponsored by FSPA. In 1991 Sister Rose Catherine retired at St. Rose Convent, volunteering in the kitchen and bakery until 1995. She made the Villa her home in 2006.

Community members, family and friends remember Sister Rose Catherine as a generous and cheerful person, a woman devoted to community and prayer. She always had something positive to say about everyone. She especially loved her work with the poor. In her autobiography, Sister Rose Catherine wrote, “With all the spiritual guidance and blessings of community living, I enjoyed every minute of my service as a member of the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration.”

Sister Rose Catherine is survived by her Franciscan community; one sister-in-law, Rita Kuehner, St. Lucas, Iowa, and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers: William, Carl and Leonard; and six sisters: Teresa, Elizabeth, Anna, Josephine, Sister Nicolette and Sister Cyrene, both Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration.

Friends may call after 3:15 p.m. on Monday, May 20, 2013, at St. Rose Convent. A prayer service will be held at 6:30 p.m. in Mary of the Angels Chapel. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, May 21, in the chapel. Burial will be in the Catholic Cemetery on Losey Boulevard, La Crosse.

Memorials may be sent to Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration, 912 Market Street, La Crosse, Wisconsin 54601-4782 or through the online donation form.

 

SSister Clare Teeling, FSPAister Clare Teeling, FSPA

Sister Clare Teeling, Franciscan Sister of Perpetual Adoration, 99, died Saturday, May 4, 2013, at Villa St. Joseph, La Crosse. She was in the 76th year of her religious profession.

Clare was born to Edward and Christine (Haas) Teeling on Dec. 23, 1913, in Lycurgus, Iowa. When it was time for her to begin school, she and her sister, Mary, went to Immaculate Conception School, Lansing, Iowa, as boarders. After Mary graduated she taught at French Creek School and Clare became one of her students. When that school closed, Clare transferred to the school two and a half miles from her home. She loved to follow her father around and to care for the lambs or piglets that were not strong, making them her pets. For high school, Clare again went to Immaculate Conception, Lansing; this time she stayed with her aunt. She transferred to St. Angela Academy, Carroll, Iowa, for her senior year. By the end of that year, Clare had decided to stay at home the next year and help her parents. She was pitcher for her softball team which traveled to various places to compete. On Aug. 15, 1933, Clare followed her sister, Sister Leonita, to St. Rose Convent.

Clare was received into the novitiate and given the name Sister Rose Clare on Aug. 6, 1934. (She later returned to her baptismal name.) She professed first vows on Aug. 5, 1936, and made final profession on Aug. 9, 1942.

Having chosen the health care profession, Sister Clare served as a nurse at St. Anthony Hospital, Carroll, Iowa, for 12 years and St. Francis Hospital, La Crosse for 19 years. She worked as the operating room supervisor. It was during her time at St. Francis that a new wing was built which included the operating room. Sister Clare recalled being given the blueprints by Sister Margaret Pongratz who said, “You take care of this section, as I don’t know the operating room.” Her response was “I know nothing about blueprints.”

After Vatican II and hearing Dr. Martin Luther King’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech, Sister Clare responded to a job offering as health care director for the National Catholic Conference for Interracial Justice (NCCIJ). In 1967 she moved to Chicago with the Sisters of Mercy where she worked assessing the needs of health care of poor non-whites. During her four years with the NCCIJ Sister Clare was involved in many interracial experiences from peace walks, to riots, to prayer vigils. For a time she worked in the pediatric section of Martin Luther King Clinic on the Southside of Chicago and in orthopedic area at the University of Illinois Hospital.

Becoming interested in the growing area of clinical pastoral education through a good friend, Sister Clare moved into that ministry. She served at Bergan-Mercy Hospital, Omaha as a chaplain. St. Mary’s Hospital, Sparta, Wis., was her next assignment in pastoral care. After retiring in 1990 she visited the elderly and sick in her parish in Sparta for three years before moving to St. Rose Convent. Sister Clare made Villa St. Joseph her home in 2002.

Community members, family and friends remember Sister Clare as a compassionate, caring nurse and supervisor, a devoted pastoral care minister, an advocate of social justice and a person with a sense of humor. She particularly loved to share stories about her experiences and the people she encountered in Chicago. Her nursing and pastoral care background touched many people from all ages and walks of life. Sister Clare enjoyed vacationing with members of her religious community—even if it was a day trip to visit a friend.

Sister Clare is survived by her Franciscan community, nieces and nephews, and grandnieces and grandnephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother Frank, and seven sisters, Elsie Teeling, Sister Leonita Teeling, Florence Lyons, Mary Kibboy, Ethel Palen, Mabel Whalen and Celia Howes, and foster brother Joe O’Regan.

Friends may call after 3:15 p.m., Tuesday, May 7, 2013, when her body will be brought to St. Rose Convent. A prayer service will be held Tuesday, at 6:30 p.m. in Mary of the Angels Chapel. Mass of Christian Burial will be held in Mary of the Angels Chapel, Wednesday, May 8, at 10 a.m. with burial in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, La Crosse.

Memorials may be sent to Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration, 912 Market Street, La Crosse, Wisconsin 54601-4782 or through the online donation form.