Obituaries

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Sister Lois (Caroleen) Lobdell, FSPA

Sister Lois LobdellSister Lois Lobdell, FSPA, 97, died Thursday, August 27, 2020, of natural causes at Villa St. Joseph, La Crosse. She was in the 76th year of her religious profession.

Lois Lorraine was born to Aubrey and Georgia (Carlisle) Lobdell on April 14, 1923, in Durand, Wisconsin. After completing elementary grades and two years of high school at St. Mary’s School in Durand, Lois expressed a desire to enter the convent, but her father resisted. Later, after finishing her third year of high school, she asked again. By then it was evident to her parents that her desire to be a sister had not diminished, but had grown stronger and they allowed her to enter St. Rose Convent in La Crosse, Wisconsin on August 15, 1940.

After completing high school, Sister Lois entered the novitiate on August 12, 1942, and was given the name Sister Caroleen. She later returned to her baptismal name. She made first profession of vows on August 12, 1944, and final profession on August 9, 1950.

Upon completion of a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Viterbo College (University), Sister Lois entered the teaching profession. She taught for 33 years in elementary schools in Iowa, Washington, Oregon and Wisconsin. In 1978 she received on-the-job training as a dental assistant. Subsequently, she left the classroom and served as dental assistant for 11 years in St. Paul, Minnesota. Sister Lois’s last seven years of active ministry were in child care for two families in the St. Paul area. While in that locale, Sister Lois was a regular volunteer at the Mississippi Market Coop, doing most any task needed. She retired to St. Rose Convent in 1998 and to Villa St. Joseph in 2003.

Community members, family, and friends remember Sister Lois as a quiet, cheerful person, always ready to lend a helping hand. She was devoted to little children and prayed daily for the children of the world. She loved her family and visited them in Washington state as often as possible. When the FSPA congregation opened its spirituality centers, the facilities benefited from her excellent furniture upholstery work — a hobby she continued for years.

Sister Lois is survived by her Franciscan community, her sisters: Ruth Bernhardt of Brush Prairie, Washington, Betty Banning and Patricia (Terry) Wilmot, both of Vancouver, Washington, three brothers: John, Battle Ground, Washington, James (Sally), Vancouver, and Richard (Kathleen) of Casper, Wyoming and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and her sisters: Odile Kraft, Jean Bean, Margaret Gyes, Mary Grimm and Carolanne Lobdell.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, the Mass of Christian Burial for Sister Lois will be scheduled at a later date. A short burial rite will be held at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in La Crosse on Monday, August 31, 2020 in accord with Covid-19 restrictions. Dickinson Family Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements.

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

 

Sister Ladonna KassmeyerSister Ladonna Kassmeyer

Sister Ladonna Kassmeyer, FSPA, 84, died Monday night, August 3, 2020, of a massive heart attack at Mayo Clinic Health System-Franciscan Healthcare, La Crosse, Wis. She was in the sixty-fourth year of her religious profession.

Jeanette Mary Margaret Kassmeyer was born in Fort Madison, Iowa, to Frank and Leona (Krittenbrink) Kassmeyer on March 11, 1936, the oldest of eight children.  Her family moved to a farm near West Point,
Iowa when she was in the primary grades.  There she met the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration (FSPA) at St. Mary’s Grade School.  The seeds of being a Sister and a teacher were planted in those early years.  She continued her education with the Franciscan Sisters at St. Mary’s High School, graduating in 1953. After high school, she entered the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration in La Crosse. At entrance into the novitiate, she received the name Sister Ladonna. She made first profession of vows in 1956 and final vows in 1962.

She began her tertiary education at Viterbo College (University) in the field of education. After a short stint as an elementary teacher at St. John’s School in La Crosse and Sacred Heart School in Mondovi, Wis., Sister Ladonna completed her Bachelor of Arts in Commerce degree in accounting from St. Louis University, where she later earned a Master of Business Administration degree. In 1964 she began working at Viterbo College as Business Manager and Comptroller, a position she held until 1974.  During part of that time, she was also Director of Resident Life at the college.  From 1974 to 1977, Sister Ladonna served as treasurer for the FSPA Central Province in Hiawatha, Iowa.  During this time, she began taking classes part-time at Aquinas Institute of Theology, St. Louis. In 1977, she was appointed Director of Financial Affairs—and later Business Manager—at the institute, where she served until 1987, simultaneously earning there a Master of Arts degree in Theology, with a concentration in spirituality.

Sister Ladonna moved back into congregational ministry as FSPA Director of Development from 1987 to 2012, when she became Congregational Secretary and Director of Planned Giving.  Upon retiring, Sister Ladonna continued to share her gifts as a volunteer treasurer for various organizations locally and nationally, including the Washburn Neighborhood Association, La Crosse City Vision Foundation and the Archivists for Congregations of Women Religious. Sister Ladonna made her home at St. Rose Convent in 2016.

Friends, family and community members remember Sister Ladonna as being a friend to everyone.  During her time as Director of Development and Director of Planned Giving she would talk about working toward “friend-raising,” rather than fund-raising.  She truly was a friend-raiser. She created connections among her family, friends and community. She always showed up—for events, parties, fundraisers, meetings and assorted other occasions. She served on numerous boards, including St. Mary’s Hospital (Mayo Clinic Health System-Franciscan Healthcare, Sparta, Wis.), St. Anthony’s Foundation in Carroll, Iowa, St. Francis Hospital (Mayo Clinic Health System-Franciscan Healthcare, La Crosse) and Viterbo University in La Crosse.  Sister Ladonna was interested in helping others in any way she could, whether training someone to work in the business office, caring for students in the residence halls, teaching someone about bookkeeping, organizing the annual neighborhood picnic on the Viterbo campus or working toward improving a neighborhood with new street lights and a neighborhood garden. She was actively involved in the National Catholic Development Conference during her tenure as Director of Development.  In 2009, she received the Bishop Robert F. Morneau Distinguished Service Award from the conference.  A statement used during the presentation of this award epitomizes her life: “Sister Ladonna has continuously received God’s gifts gracefully, nurtured these gifts responsibly, shared these gifts justly and charitably, and returned these gifts to the Lord abundantly."

Sister Ladonna is survived by her Franciscan community, her brothers: Ralph (Doris) and Steve (Sandy) both of West Point, Iowa; her sisters: Francine (Jim) Edwards of Boonville, Mo., Diane Hughes of Belpre, Ohio, Nancy (Dennis) Washburn of Centerville, Iowa and Judy (Gary) Arnold of Holts Summit, Mo.; her sister-in-law Val Kassmeyer of West Point and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother Robert.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, the Mass of Christian Burial for Sister Ladonna will be scheduled at a later date. A short burial rite will be held at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in La Crosse on Thursday, August 6, 2020 in accord with Covid-19 restrictions. Schumacher-Kish Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements.                      

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

Sister Patricia (Paula) Keating, FSPA

Sister Pat KeatingSister Patricia Keating, Franciscan Sister of Perpetual Adoration, 91, died of natural causes on July 24, 2020 at Villa St. Joseph, La Crosse, Wisconsin. She was in the seventy-first year of her religious profession.

Born on Thanksgiving Day, November 29, 1928, in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, Sister Pat was the daughter of Frank and Willa (Cherrier) Keating. It was a happy home filled with conversation and joyous laughter. The children would often ask their mother for a picnic supper on hot summer days. As soon as their dad came home from work, the question was put to him. He never refused and the family would drive out to a shady, cool spot in the country. Pat attended St. Gabriel’s Grade School and St. Mary’s Academy both staffed by the Notre Dame Sisters. During the annual three-day retreat of her senior year, she admitted to herself she was called to religious life. So on September 1, 1946, she entered St. Rose Convent.

Sister Pat was received into the novitiate on August 12, 1947, and was given the name Sister Paula. Later, she returned to her baptismal name. Sister Pat made first profession of vows on August 12, 1949, and final profession on August 9, 1955.

For 25 years Sister Pat taught music in elementary and secondary schools in Iowa (Carroll, West Point, Bellevue) and Wisconsin (La Crosse, Prairie du Chien, Durand, Jefferson, Ashland, Jefferson). From 1975 to 1979, she was principal at Marquette High School in West Point, Iowa. From there, she felt called to a new ministry, one that would challenge her inner strength and resilience.

In 1979, Sister Pat moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma to minister to the elderly. In December of that year, she was brutally attacked and burned in an assault that occurred while she was at home in the convent. No doubt her deep faith played a role in her healing and ability to move on. After recovering, she participated in a Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) program in Rochester, Minnesota and then served as assistant coordinator at St. Rose Convent. She provided pastoral care at Bethany St. Joseph Nursing Home in La Crosse from 1983 to 1987. She then returned to Tulsa, where she again ministered to the elderly at St. Mary’s Parish and served as campus minister at Tulsa University. From 1990 to 1993, she served as Director of Pastoral Care at St. Anthony Hospital and Nursing Home, Carroll, Iowa and then pastoral minister at St. Jude Parish in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. In 1993, Sister Pat returned to Tulsa as pastoral minister at St. Mary’s Parish until returning to St. Rose Convent in 1996, where she served in pastoral care to sisters retired there. She made Villa St. Joseph her home in 2004.

Community members, family, colleagues and friends remember Sister Pat as an excellent music teacher. She used her many talents to write parodies for celebrations at St. Rose Convent and at Villa St. Joseph. Everyone knew when Sister Pat was around because her hearty laughter carried through the halls. She always sought to make life better for others. Many remember her courage, strength and forgiveness as she overcame the traumatic attack in Tulsa. “Being a Thanksgiving baby has been a great asset to me,” she reflected.

Sister Pat is survived by her Franciscan community and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother John and her sisters Marydel Huinker, Kathleen Callahan, Sister Jeanne Keating, FSPA and Sister Helen Keating, FSPA.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Mass of Christian Burial for Sister Pat will be scheduled at a later date. A short burial rite will be held at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in La Crosse on Wednesday, July 29, 2020 at 11 a.m. in accord with COVID-19 restrictions. 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 Kathleen (Laura) Kenkel, FSPA

Sister Kathleen KenkelSister Kathleen Kenkel, FSPA, 91, died Saturday, July 18, 2020, at Villa St. Joseph, La Crosse, Wisconsin. She was in the seventieth year of her religious profession.

Sister Kathleen Theresa was born to Joseph and Antoinette (Blum) Kenkel on September 17, 1929, on the family farm in Earling, Iowa. Growing up on the farm, Kathleen and her seven brothers and sisters had many opportunities to learn and do everything from feeding the chickens, shocking grain, herding cattle, picking corn to multiple kitchen tasks. She attended St. Joseph elementary and high school in Earling. She and her siblings enjoyed the ride to school in their carriage in the spring and fall and on the bobsled in the winter. Her mother was quite musical and made sure Kathleen took piano lessons. After her father died, her mother remarried, expanding her sibling count from seven to 16.

Ever since she was small, Kathleen felt the desire to become a sister. After 12 years of schooling, the matter was settled and she entered St. Rose Convent in September 1947. She was received into the novitiate on August 12, 1948 and given the name Sister Laura. She later returned to her baptismal name. She made first profession of vows on August 12, 1950, and final profession on August 9, 1956.

Sister Kathleen taught elementary and junior high school from 1950 to 1963 at schools in Wausau, Superior, Mosinee, Platteville and Lima (Wisconsin), Guttenberg (Iowa) and Spokane, Washington. After receiving a bachelor’s degree in English from Viterbo College (University), La Crosse, she went on for a master’s degree in English from Marquette University, Milwaukee. Sister Kathleen taught at the high school level for the next 11 years in Cathedral (Superior, Wisconsin), Kuemper (Carroll, Iowa), Aquinas (La Crosse), Marquette (West Point, Iowa) and Marquette (Bellevue, Iowa).

In 1975, Sister Kathleen earned a second master’s degree, this one in theology from Notre Dame University. She used her collected skills and knowledge as the first director of the Franciscan Spirituality Center in La Crosse a position she held from 1984 to 1987. She then served as director of religious education at Sacred Heart Religious Education Center in Palos Hills, Illinois for four years. From there she moved to the Religious Studies Department at Viterbo College, where she ministered from 1993 to 2000. After a year’s sabbatical, Sister Kathleen volunteered at Villa Maria Retreat Center in Frontenac, Minnesota, then returned to the Franciscan Spirituality Center in La Crosse. She made her home at St. Rose Convent in 2006 and moved to Villa St. Joseph in 2015 when her health began to fail.

Community members, family and friends remember Sister Kathleen as a true mystic. She was always exploring the latest spiritual book or philosophy. Her motto of “living life in union with Christ” was evident in her recent celebration of her 70th jubilee. She kept learning and teaching wherever she was. Her dedicated impact on the growth of the Franciscan Spirituality Center is still felt today, especially given the training of several hundred spiritual directors due to the Spiritual Direction Preparation Program which began under her leadership. Numerous university students credit her for their search into the world of spirituality.

Sister Kathleen is survived by her Franciscan community, her brothers: Joseph (Loretta) of Earling and George (Bonnie) of Harlan, Iowa; her sisters: Bernice Bissen of Defiance, Iowa and Elaine Staley of Denison, Iowa; her stepsister: Darlene Reis of Denison; her sister-in-law Maxine Kenkel from Omaha; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her brothers: Fr. Benedict Kenkel and Robert Kenkel; her sister: Germaine Staley; her stepbrothers: Jerry, Richard, Gene and Darrell Swanson; and her stepsisters: Judy Broderson, Pat Getty, Corrine Bogart and Gail Swanson.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Mass of Christian Burial for Sister Kathleen will be scheduled at a later date. A short burial rite will be held at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in La Crosse on Tuesday, July 21, 2020 at 9 a.m. in accord with COVID-19 restrictions. Dickinson 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 Joselda Hageman, FSPA

Joselda Hageman, Franciscan Sister of Perpetual Adoration, 94, died of natural causes on Saturday, July 11, 2020 at Villa St. Joseph, La Crosse, Wisconsin. She was in the seventy-third year of her religious profession.

Born on March 18, 1926, near St. Lucas, Iowa, Sister Joselda was the oldest daughter of Joseph and Catherine (Schmitt) Hageman. She entered St. Rose Convent in 1944 and professed vows in 1947.

Sister Joselda served her Sisters as a homemaker and housekeeper from 1948 to 1992 in Durand, Boscobel and La Crosse in Wisconsin and Coon Rapids, Iowa, with the last 15 years at her home parish in St. Lucas, where she also was able to assist her elderly mother. While in La Crosse, she served at St. Rose Convent for two years, Villa St. Joseph for six years and as dietitian at St. Joseph Nursing Home for three years. She also served from 1962 to 1977 as assistant housekeeper at Viterbo College (University). In 1992, she retired to St. Rose Convent and moved to Villa St. Joseph in 2012.

Sister Joselda is survived by her Franciscan community; a brother Joe (Gayle) Hageman, and two sisters, Bernice Karnik and Rosemary (Phillip) Kruse, all of Waucoma, Iowa; and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother Florian and her sister Lorraine Wurzer.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Mass of Christian Burial for Sister Joselda will be scheduled at a later date. A small burial rite will be held at Gate of Heaven Cemetery Thursday, July 16, 2020 in accord with COVID-19 restrictions. Schumacher-Kish Funeral Home is assisting with the arrangement.

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

Sister Rosile Pernsteiner, FSPA

Sister Rosile Pernsteiner, 98, died Friday, July 10, 2020, at Villa St. Joseph, La Crosse, Wisconsin. She was in the seventy-sixth year of her religious profession.

On September 9, 1921, Sister Rosile was born to Kilian and Katherine (Hertert) Pernsteiner on a farm near Spokane, Washingon. At her baptism she was given the name Catherine Cecilia. Growing up on a farm she was exposed to a variety of experiences and learned responsibility early. She attended Glenrose Public Grade School, just a half mile from her home, until her graduation from eighth grade. She then attended Marycliff High School in Spokane. Circumstances prevented her from following her heart’s greatest desire, to enter religious life at the time of her graduation. She had taken several business subjects in high school, so she did secretarial work for three years before entering St. Rose Convent in La Crosse on July 29, 1941. She was worried about being the eldest in her class, but upon arrival Catherine learned that half of the class was older than she was.

Catherine was received into the novitiate on August 12, 1942, and was given the name Sister Rosile. She made first profession of vows on August 12, 1944, and final profession on August 9, 1950.

Sister Rosile taught eight years in middle schools in Wisconsin (Wausau, Plum City and Ashland) and Iowa (Luxemburg and Festina) and one year at DePadua High School in Ashland, Wisconsin. She received a bachelor’s degree in business education with a minor in English from Viterbo College (University), then continued in the field of business at Mount St. Mary College in Milwaukee, College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, Minnesota, Indiana University and Notre Dame University.  From 1953 to 1954, she served as cashier at Sacred Heart Hospital, Idaho Falls, Idaho, and from 1954 to 1958 at St. Francis Hospital (MCHS-FH), La Crosse. From 1958 to 1964 she served the FSPA community in the business office at St. Rose Convent. She was then appointed Congregational Treasurer of the order, a position she held from 1964 to 1983. During this time, Sister Rosile supervised all lay employees and building projects. 

In 1983 Sister Rosile was elected Provincial for the FSPA Healthcare Province, whose headquarters was in St. Paul, Minnesota. Two years later, with the restructuring of the congregation, she was elected Regional Leader of the FSPA Western Region (1985-1993) located in Spokane. At the completion of her term she moved to Sun City, Arizona, where she served as parish administrator of St. John Vianney Parish. Three years later cancer prevented her from performing all of her duties there but she continued on as an assistant to the new parish administrator. In 2003 Sister Rosile retired and volunteered at Clare Center in Spokane. Over the years, Sister Rosile served on the board of directors for several health care institutions, including St. Francis Hospital, St. Anthony Regional Hospital in Carroll, Iowa and St. Joseph Hospital in Hillsboro, Wisconsin. In 2010, due to her deteriorating health, she chose to move to St. Rose Convent and in 2014 made her home at Villa St. Joseph.

Community members, family and friends remember Sister Rosile as always having a smile for everyone. She loved exploring new opportunities and places. She managed to turn every business trip into an adventure. Every congregational visit became an opportunity to learn about her Sisters and the area in which they ministered. The FSPA community is grateful for her leadership, especially in leading the congregation into the world of social security and investment. Her keen mind could question and analyze any situation.

Sister Rosile is survived by her Franciscan community and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her brothers William, Charles, George and Joseph and her sister Rose Carlson.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Mass of Christian Burial for Sister Rosile will be scheduled at a later date. A small burial rite will be held at Gate of Heaven Cemetery Tuesday, July 14, 2020 in accord with COVID-19 restrictions. Burial will be in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, La Crosse. Jandt-Fredrickson Funeral Home is assisting with the arrangement.

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

Sister Margaret Ann Mason, FSPA

Sister Margaret Ann Mason, 92, died of natural causes Friday, May 29, 2020, at Villa St. Joseph, La Crosse, Wisconsin. She was in the seventy-second year of her religious profession.

Born on April 4, 1928, in Ashland, Wisconsin, Sister Margaret Ann was the oldest child of Carl and Josephine (Rogalski) Mason. Her father was a lumberman and later worked for the railroad. She attended Holy Family Grade School and DePadua High School. As a child she enjoyed ice skating, hiking, bicycling and roller skating. In high school she was engaged in one-act plays and glee club.

Sister Margaret Ann entered St. Rose Convent in 1945. She was received into the novitiate on August 12, 1946 and was given the name Sister Mary Peter. She later went back to her baptismal name. Sister Margaret Ann made first profession of vows on August 12, 1948 and final vows on August 9, 1954.

Sister Margaret Ann ministered as an elementary school teacher for 47 years throughout Wisconsin (Eau Galle, Mondovi, Odanah, Ashland, Eau Claire, Edgar, Athens, Superior and Ashland), as well as Blackfoot, Idaho and Milford, Iowa. She started out in the primary grades and quickly moved to middle and junior high, eventually serving as principal for seven years while at Holy Family School, Ashland and Sacred Heart School, Eau Claire. Sister Margaret Ann was involved in school consolidations, both in Ashland and Eau Claire. From 1986 to 1989, Sister Margaret Ann served as Director of Development of Catholic Schools for the Superior Diocese.

She received a bachelor’s degree in home economics and English from Viterbo College (University), La Crosse and did additional studies at Marquette University, Milwaukee. In 1998, Sister Margaret Ann officially retired from teaching, but continued to volunteer at the parish and school at Our Lady of the Lake in Ashland. In 2010, Sister Margaret Ann retired to Villa St. Joseph, La Crosse where she continued to volunteer until her health weakened.                                                               

Community members, family and friends will remember Sister Margaret Ann as gentle, kind and always with a smile. She loved her years teaching. Her connections with friends from Ashland remained with her throughout the years. She and eight of her former students from Our Lady of the Lake in Ashland participated in daily prayer with each other even during her retirement at Villa St. Joseph. She was an avid stamp collector and accumulated a large stamp collection over the years. After her retirement, Sister Margaret Ann was active in attending events at the Fine Arts Center at Viterbo University and community events at St. Rose Convent whenever possible. She could usually be found volunteering some place at Villa St. Joseph helping other sisters.

Sister Margaret Ann is survived by her religious community, a brother, Eugene Mason, St. Paul, Minnesota, her sister-in-law Jean Boyer, Sun City, Arizona, and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother Thomas.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Mass of Christian Burial for Sister Margaret Ann will be scheduled at a later date. A small burial rite will be held at Gate of Heaven Cemetery Tuesday, June 2, 2020 in accord with COVID-19 restrictions. Dickinson Funeral Home is assisting with the arrangements.

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

 

Sister Sandra DeMann, FSPA

Sister Sandra DeMannSister Sandra DeMann, Franciscan Sister of Perpetual Adoration, 72, died of cardiac arrest Friday, May 22, 2020 at John C. Lincoln North Mountain Medical Center, Phoenix, Arizona. She was in her fifty-second year of religious profession.

Sister Sandra was born to Carroll and June (Nicholson) DeMann on October 12, 1947 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the eldest of four children. In October, 1968, Sister Sandra professed her first vows with the Consolata Missionary Sisters of Turin, Italy. Realizing there were only 30 Consolata sisters left in the United States in the early 1990s, Sister Sandra began exploring American-founded Midwestern religious communities open to international missionary service. In 1996, Sister Sandra started the process of transferring to Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration in La Crosse, Wisconsin. In 1999, she was officially incorporated as a Franciscan Sister of Perpetual Adoration (FSPA).

As a Consolata sister, Sister Sandra received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the Royal Lancaster School of Nursing in London, England and became a certified midwife through the Whipps-Cross School of Midwifery, also in London. Later, she received a master’s degree in pastoral studies from Loyola Institute of Pastoral Studies in Chicago. Sister Sandra’s primary ministry prior to joining FSPA was serving as a midwife in Tanzania and Kenya. She brought her medical skills and missionary interest with her. While with FSPA, Sister Sandra ministered to the elderly in St. Paul for a couple years before moving to La Crosse, where she became the Justice and Peace Director for the FSPA. After a sabbatical, she studied to become a massage therapist, a profession she practiced for six years at the Idyllwild Help Center in Idyllwild, California. She then volunteered in Sun City, Arizona before assisting as a receptionist at Villa St. Joseph in La Crosse. From there she moved back to Arizona and worked as a medical support staff member and Initial Loss Reporting (ILR) claims associate for State Farm Insurance. Most recently, Sister Sandra had been a regular volunteer at Ryan House, an extension of St. Joseph Hospital, and at St. Vincent De Paul in Phoenix.

Friends, family and community members fondly remember Sister Sandra as a warm, gentle, caring person — with a heart for those in need, and a grand laugh. Sandy loved being a nurse in Africa. Her mission life there shaped her concept of community and service. Being one with all people was not just an idea for Sandy; it was the reality she sought. Even though she experienced permanent injury from a jeep accident while in Africa, she did not let that stop her from being of service to others. She had a deep and compassionate heart for the poor and had the most humble and human way of finding the poor in spirit and being one with them. Just last week, she shared with one of the sisters that she said a prayer every night during the pandemic before she went to bed and she would sing a lullaby to the earth and to all of its inhabitants that they would sleep well and safe. Alleluia!

Sister Sandra is survived by her religious congregation and two brothers, David (and Brandy) of Grand Rapids, Michigan and Frank (and Cyndy) of Barrington, Illinois. She was preceded in death by her parents and a premature baby brother.

Sister Sandra requested cremation. Her cremains will be brought to La Crosse with burial at Gate of Heaven Cemetery. Due to the COVID-19 restrictions, the Mass of Christian Burial for Sister Sandra will be scheduled at a later date. Heritage Funeral Chapels of Phoenix is assisting with the arrangements.

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

 

Sister Karolyne Rohlik, FSPA

Sister Karolyne RohlikSister Karolyne Rohlik, Franciscan Sister of Perpetual Adoration, 87 died of natural causes on May 17, 2020 at Villa St. Joseph, La Crosse, Wisconsin. She was in the 66th year of her religious profession.

Sister Karolyne Henrietta was born on December 31, 1932, in Seaforth, Minnesota to Charles and Helen (Kolander) Rohlik. She grew up on the family farm with her four brothers and two sisters, all younger. She attended a country school until grade six, when her parents, wanting to draw on the value of a Catholic education, enrolled her at St. Ann’s School in Wabasso, Minnesota. There, she met the Notre Dame Sisters and her interest in religious life began. In eighth grade she shared her call with her parents, who were very supportive. Her father thought nothing could be more perfect; he had an aunt, a sister and a niece in the convent, and now he’d have a daughter there also. Her brothers and sisters teased her that she would miss gardening, playing baseball and driving a car, but the call persisted. She didn’t enter religious life until after high school; ultimately, joining her aunt and cousin at St. Rose Convent in La Crosse.

She was received into the novitiate of the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration on August 12, 1952 and given the name Sister Ida. Later she went back to her baptismal name, Karolyne. She made profession of first vows on August 12, 1954.

Sister Karolyne began her ministry as a homemaker at various congregational homes and institutions, primarily in Wisconsin and Washington, before branching out into other areas. From 1964 to1967, she served as Marian Hall housekeeper at Viterbo College (University). She was head baker at Villa St. Joseph 1967 to 1976. She worked in the dietary department at St. Francis Hospital (MCHS-FH) 1977 to 1981. From 1981 to 1984 she worked as a baker in West Glacier, Montana, then three years at a university in Lockport, Illinois. In 1990, Sister Karolyne moved to Marywood Franciscan Spirituality Center in Arbor Vitae, Wisconsin where she helped with hospitality and served as cabin manager.

Sister Karolyne continued to faithfully serve in a variety of ministry assignments that defined her loving commitment to religious life. After a year in support services in El Paso, Texas, she was called to serve as baker at St. Rose Convent. The Tau Center in Winona, Minnesota recruited her as their baker in 1997, a position she held for the next two years. After a year’s sabbatical at Prairiewoods Franciscan Spirituality Center in Hiawatha, Iowa, Sister Karolyne stayed on as gardener and helped in the kitchen until 2005. For the next 11 years, she ministered as a volunteer and driver at Villa St. Joseph. In 2016 she moved to St. Rose Convent and she became a regular volunteer at the Franciscan Hospitality House. Villa St. Joseph became her home again, retiring in 2018.

Community members, family, colleagues and friends remember Sister Karolyne for her delicious baking and great love of the outdoors. She would often talk about her wonderful years at Glacier Park, “where nature was a natural yearning of connection and communion with the earth” and God. She was so well-known at Glacier Park for her pies that an Associated Press journalist wrote about her in an article that appeared across the country. She loved biking and walking — anything to be out in God’s creation. After a pilgrimage to Assisi she wrote, “In the language of mystic praise and amazement, earth and nature will always bedazzle, sparkle and glow of the Benevolent Creator.” On a clear full moon evening, you might hear her howl at the moon.

Sister Karolyne is survived by her brother Paul and her sisters-in-law, Paulanett Rohlik and Clara Rohlik, all of Vesta, Minnesota and her religious community. She was preceded in death by her parents, her brothers John, Peter, Timothy and her sisters Jeannette and Helen (Sister Theresa Rohlik, FSPA).

Sister Karolyne requested a natural burial. Due to the COVID environment, she will be buried Monday, May 18, 2020 at the natural burial site at Villa St. Joseph. A sharing of her life and Memorial Mass will be celebrated for her at a later date. Coulee Region Cremation Group is assisting with the arrangements.

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

Sister Helen Keating, FSPA

Sister Helen KeatingSister Helen Keating, Franciscan Sister of Perpetual Adoration, 93, died of cancer on May 14, 2020 at Villa St. Joseph, La Crosse, Wisconsin. She was in the 73rd year of her religious profession.

Born on October 16, 1925, in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, Helen Cecilia was the second oldest daughter of Frank and Willa (Cherrier) Keating. Helen taught her younger brother how to wrestle, box and play football. Helen and her cousin Art were constant companions until he left for Maryhurst in the Philippines to become a Brother of Mary. This was probably the first time that any thought of a religious vocation entered her mind. Helen completed eight grades at St. Gabriel’s School, then attended St. Mary’s Academy in Prairie du Chien. “I was into trouble almost constantly for skipping school, breaking rules and getting into things that were none of my business.” It was not until her senior year that she gave her future a serious thought. One of her girlfriends brought up the subject of convent life. Helen began to pray about it, but the following August she entered St. Francis Hospital School of Nursing. It was difficult and terrifying at first and then she fell in love with it. Helen again pushed the idea of a vocation out of her mind until December 1944 when she was assigned to the Sisters’ ward at the hospital. Sister Rosewyn Meyer, FSPA was there and spoke many times with Helen. When Helen came to a decision, Sister Rosewyn spoke with Mother Engelberta and convinced her to allow Helen to enter St. Rose Convent in January instead of waiting until August.

Helen was received into the novitiate on August 12, 1945, and was given the name Sister Ardette. Later, she returned to her baptismal name. Sister Helen made profession of vows on August 12, 1947, and final profession on August 9, 1953.

After high school, Sister Helen completed coursework at St. Francis Hospital School of Nursing and served as an RN at St. Mary’s Hospital, Sparta, Wisconsin. Sister Helen taught one year at St. Mary’s School, Marathon, Wisconsin before devoting the rest of her life to the healthcare profession. She ministered at St. Anthony’s Hospital, Carroll, Iowa, Sacred Heart Hospital, Idaho Falls, Idaho, and was Medical and Surgical Instructor at St. Francis Hospital School of Nursing, La Crosse. Sister Helen served her FSPA community as Director of Nursing at Villa St. Joseph 1964 to 1965, prior to completing her Master’s Degree in nursing education at Columbia University in New York City, New York from 1965 to 1967. She then returned to St. Francis Hospital School of Nursing to teach and later assist with the transition of the school to the baccalaureate degree nursing program at Viterbo University.  

Thereafter, she served as Healthcare Province Representative on the General Board, Coordinator of Formation at Healthcare House of Studies, and Provincial of FSPA Healthcare Province from 1972 to 1979. From 1980 to 1981, Sister Helen ministered as a nurse in Larned, Kansas. She then moved back to La Crosse where she was a nursing instructor at Viterbo College (University) School of Nursing from 1981 to 1984. Then she became the employee health director at St. Francis Medical Center (MCHS-FH) until 1991. For the next five years, Sister Helen served as a staff nurse at St. Rose Convent Health Center. Sister Helen retired and continued to serve as “on-call nurse” from 1995 to 2005, before moving to St. Rose Convent. In 2008 she moved to Villa St. Joseph and served as a volunteer there until her health began to fail.

Community members, family, colleagues and friends remember Sister Helen as an exceptional nurse and instructor. Her nursing students loved her; one wrote, “She gave me incentive to finish what I started and made me want to be a better person and also a better nurse.” She possessed a good sense of humor and loved to tease. With a twinkle in her eye, she was always involved in any mischief that took place.

Sister Helen is survived by her Franciscan community including a sister, Sister Patricia Keating, FSPA and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother John and her sisters: Marydel Huinker, Kathleen Callahan and Sister Jeanne Keating, FSPA.

Due to the COVID-19 restrictions, the Mass of Christian Burial for Sister Helen will be scheduled at a later date. Since Sister Helen had requested a green burial, she will be buried at the natural burial grounds for the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration at Villa St. Joseph. Coulee Cremation Group is assisting with the arrangements.

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

 

Sister Frances (Anysia) Yanisch, FSPA

Sister Frances YanischSister Frances (Anysia) Yanisch, Franciscan Sister of Perpetual Adoration, 90, died on Friday, April 24, 2020 at Villa St. Joseph, La Crosse, Wisconsin after a battle with cancer. She was in the 69th year of her religious profession.

Born on October 12, 1930 in Ellsworth, Wisconsin, Frances Lorraine was the youngest of six children of Fredrick and Catharine Estella (Murphy) Yanisch. In 1949, she entered the novitiate of the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration in La Crosse and was given the name Sister Anysia. She later went back to her Baptismal name, Frances. She made her first vows on August 12, 1951.

The first 31 years of Sister Frances’ religious life were spent as a homemaker and dietitian at various convents in Wisconsin and Iowa, including periods of time at Aquinas High School, St. Rose Convent and Villa St. Joseph in La Crosse. After initially attending Viterbo College (University) for classes, Sister Frances went on to receive a certificate in dietary administration from Fontbonne College in St. Louis, Missouri. After Vatican II, Sister Frances felt the call to change her ministry. She moved to Rochester, Minnesota and began taking classes as a human service technician at Rochester Area Technical Institute. She then began working as a home healthcare aid for Olmsted County Public Health Department. She served numerous people for ten years through the health department before retiring. She continued her ministry serving part-time as a healthcare provider for another ten years for Comfort Home Health Care, also in Rochester. In 2009, Sister Frances moved to St. Rose Convent until her health required her to move to Villa St. Joseph in late 2019.

Sister Frances is survived by her Franciscan community, her sister, Catharine Yanish and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her brothers Richard and Lloyd and her sisters Grace Traynor and Monica Novotny.

Due to the COVID-19 restrictions, the Mass of Christian Burial for Sister Fran will be scheduled at a later date. She will be buried at Gate of Heaven Cemetery as soon as possible. Schumacher Kish 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 Jean Moore, FSPA

Sister Jean MooreSister Jean Moore, Franciscan Sister of Perpetual Adoration, 67, died on Tuesday, March 3, 2020 at Mayo Clinic Health System-Franciscan Healthcare, La Crosse, Wisconsin.  She was in her 37th year of religious profession.

Sister Jean Marie Moore was born in Chuquicamata, Chile on February 13, 1953 to Mary Ruth (Noll) and Joseph Aloysius Moore, Jr. Her parents moved to Chile five months after they were married. Her father worked there for a large U.S. copper mining company. Sister Jean, her sister Cindy and her brother Steve were all born in Chuquicamata. A second sister, Kathy, was born following the family’s return to the States. After five years in Chile, Sister Jean’s family moved to Wauwatosa, Wisconsin in order to ensure “proper schooling near their home.” 

Her first two years of grade school were at St. Jude the Apostle School in Wauwatosa. Her family then moved to Brookfield, Wisconsin where she attended St. John Vianney School. After graduating from the eighth grade, Sister Jean attended Pilgrim Park Junior High for one year before moving to Brookfield Central High School. During high school, she participated in various sports and clubs. Her family hosted foreign exchange students from Iceland and Italy. Sister Jean maintained connection with her “foreign exchange brother and sister” throughout her life, even visiting them abroad. Upon graduating from high school, Sister Jean attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison and earned a bachelor’s degree in secondary education with a concentration in Spanish. She especially enjoyed her junior year studying abroad in Spain.

Friends had always been important to Sister Jean. Family was considered her best friends. Sister Jean and her sisters (and often her brother) spent many vacations together exploring their family roots in Ireland, or just hanging out by the ocean. “My family is a source of strength and support for me in their love and understanding.”

Sister Jean continued her education with a master’s degree in Spanish and Foreign Languages from Purdue University. With her graduate degree in hand, she began teaching Spanish at Woodstock High School in Woodstock, Illinois. There she met the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration (FSPA). That is when she started to deeply listen to the many messages in life God had been giving her, ultimately calling her to religious life. After visiting numerous religious communities, talking with many sisters, and somehow being nudged by St. Francis of Assisi, Jean entered St. Rose Convent in La Crosse, Wisconsin. On August 6, 1983 Sister Jean made her first profession of vows as a FSPA. When reflecting on her choice of vocation, she said, “Upon visiting Maria Angelorum Chapel, I knew that I could never leave this.”

Sister Jean’s ministry as an FSPA centered around her love of teaching and St. Francis and St. Clare. She continued her education earning a Ph.D. in Second Language and Culture Education from the University of Minnesota in St. Paul and a Masters in Franciscan Studies from the Franciscan Institute at St. Bonaventure University in St. Bonaventure, New York. In her first year in community, she was Co-Director for the La Crosse Diocese Hispanic Ministry. She taught Spanish at Wayne State College in Nebraska for a year before transferring to Viterbo University in La Crosse as a Spanish instructor in 1985. After completing her doctorate, she returned to Viterbo as assistant professor of Spanish from 1990 to 1993. From 1993 to 1997, Sister Jean served as the Dean of the School of Letters and Sciences at Viterbo. She then became Vice-President of Student Development from 1997 to 2005. While at Viterbo, Sister Jean volunteered at the federal prison at Oxford, Wisconsin as a retreat leader, mentor and friend to inmates. After a year’s sabbatical, Sister Jean was appointed the Director of Mission Integration for the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration, a position she held until 2016. During that time she served as a pilgrimage leader (about 20 trips) for the Franciscan Pilgrimage Program in Assisi, Italy until 2018. From 2016 to 2019, Sister Jean was back at Viterbo University teaching classes in Franciscan Traditions and Values. Sister Jean’s most recent ministry was that of freelance writer and presenter. Sister Jean has been selected to be honored with the Viterbo University Pope St. John XXIII Award, the highest non-academic award bestowed by the university, in May 2020.

Community members, family and friends, remember Sister Jean as someone that always loved life in any of its aspects. Creativity and Franciscanism went hand-in-hand for her. She was in the midst of writing a book on Pieces of the Parchment-Rubrics for Daily Living. Her love of teaching, sports and cross-cultural experiences were always part of her life. This academic year she still served as chaplain for the Viterbo University women’s basketball team. She always had a story of St. Francis of Assisi to fit any occasion. From childhood Sister Jean “dabbled in arts and crafts” from woodworking to stained glass to photography to jewelry making. Many remember the fun time Sister Jean provided through her “Annual Doctor Sister Dean Jean Golf Scramble” at the end of each school year at Viterbo University.

Sister Jean is survived by her religious community and her sisters Cindy King of Ft. Meyers, Florida and Kathy (Robert) Lemke of Wauwatosa and her brother Steve (Lynn) Moore of Chaska, Minnesota and several nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Mary and Joseph.

Sister Jean has requested a natural burial. Friends may call Wednesday, March 4, 2020 after 10 a.m. at St. Rose Convent. A prayer service will be held that evening at 6:30 p.m. in Mary of the Angels Chapel. A Mass of Christian Burial is scheduled for Thursday, March 5 at 10 a.m. in Mary of the Angels Chapel (click to live stream). Burial will take place immediately after in the natural burial plot at Villa St. Joseph, La Crosse. Coulee Region Cremation and Funeral Home is assisting with the arrangements.

Memorials may be sent to Viterbo University Food Pantry, 900 Viterbo Drive, La Crosse, Wisconsin. 54601.

 

Sister Betty (Melanie) Daugherty, FSPA

Sister Betty DaughertySister Betty Daugherty, Franciscan Sister of Perpetual Adoration, 88, died on Friday, Dec. 20, 2019, at Dennis and Donna Oldorf Hospice of Mercy in Hiawatha, Iowa. She was in the sixty-fourth year of her religious profession.

Born in Bellevue, Iowa on October 4, 1931, Elizabeth Ann was the daughter of Cornelius Vincent and Teresa Mary (Keuter) Daugherty. She had fond memories of the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration who taught her at St. Joseph’s Grade and High School in Bellevue. The thought of entering religious life entered her mind after graduating from high school; however, she stayed home to help on the family farm for a year and one-half. Betty then spent a year working at a department store in Dubuque. Yet the call to religious life remained strong. In August 1952, Betty entered St. Rose Convent in La Crosse, Wisconsin.

Betty was received into the novitiate on Aug. 12, 1953, and was given the name Sister Melanie. She later went back to her baptismal name. Sister Betty made first profession of vows on Aug. 12, 1955.

Over the course of 12 years, Sister Betty ministered as a middle grade teacher in Greenwood, Wisconsin, Spokane, Washington (at St. Augustine) and La Crosse (at Trinity and St. James). She served as principal at Holy Spirit School in Carroll, Iowa for two years. Sister Betty received a bachelor’s degree in English with a minor in history from Viterbo College (University) and a master’s degree in English literature from Notre Dame University. In 1968, Sister Betty moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma, where she was teacher and director of religious education for five years. She then ministered in the Tulsa Diocesan School Office for seven years and two years as editor of the diocesan paper. She served in the FSPA Communications Office in La Crosse from 1981 to 1985, when she was elected Regional Leader of the Central Region, headquartered in Hiawatha, Iowa. In 1993, after completing her term in community leadership, Sister Betty served as part of the core group which founded Prairiewoods Franciscan Spirituality Center in Hiawatha.

Sister Betty continued to be an active member of the Prairiewoods community as a spiritual director, retreat director, program coordinator, program presenter and librarian. She designed and assisted in the construction of the labyrinth and Cosmic Walk at Prairiewoods. She volunteered in numerous other areas at the center until her death, even serving as greeter at the Prairiewoods’ annual Christmas party on December 13. In her not-so-spare time, Sister Betty would frequently write articles on eco-spirituality, the environment and the Universe Story.                                                                                

Community members, family and friends will remember Sister Betty as a true woman of the Universe. She was known in her community for her passionate care of the environment. She had a great love of the woods, the animals and the garden at Prairiewoods. Thomas Berry, one of Sister Betty’s favorite authors, says, "For in the end, the universe can only be explained in terms of celebration. It is all an exuberant expression of existence itself." Sister Betty celebrated life as a teacher, administrator, writer and spiritual leader. Her sparkling eyes, peaceful smile and gentle words invited all to celebrate life and be one with the Universe.

Sister Betty is survived by her religious community, including her sister, Sister Gertrude Daugherty, Villa St. Joseph, La Crosse, and her sister-in-laws Rita Daugherty, Bellevue, Iowa, and Agnes Daugherty, California, as well as many nephews and nieces. She was preceded in death by her parents; her brothers: Neil, Charles, William, John, Patrick and Thomas; and her sisters: Jean Daugherty, Mary Lou Koppes and Helen Mulligan.

Sister Betty had requested to be cremated. There will be a celebration of her life at Prairiewoods Franciscan Spirituality Center in Hiawatha, Iowa on Sunday, Dec. 22, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.  A wake service will be held for her at St. Rose Convent, 912 Market St., La Crosse on Friday, Dec. 27, at 6:30 p.m. and the Mass of Christian Burial at Mary of the Angels Chapel on Saturday, Dec. 28, at 10 a.m. Burial will take place at the natural cemetery at Villa St. Joseph, La Crosse.

Cedar Memorial Funeral Home in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is assisting with the arrangements.

Memorials may be sent to Prairiewoods Franciscan Spirituality Center, 120 Boyson Rd., Hiawatha, IA 52233-1277.


Sister DeSales Curti, FSPA

Sister De Sales CurtiSister DeSales Curti, 90, died at Villa St.Joseph, La Crosse, Wisconsin, on November 13, 2019. She was in the sixty-fourth year of her religious profession.

Sister DeSales and her twin brother (Charles) were born on October 12, 1929, to Anthony and Elizabeth (Malin) Curti on a farm near Genoa, Wisconsin. At her baptism she was given the name Inez Elizabeth. Inez attended Hickory Ridge School for grades one through six and completed grades seven and eight at St. Charles School. She and Charles enrolled at Lansing High School and went there until one span of the bridge over the Mississippi washed out. Then they transferred to Aquinas High School in La Crosse. Inez completed two years at Wisconsin State College, La Crosse, and earned a teaching certificate. She taught two years at Romance and one year at Bad Axe Valley School, both in Wisconsin, before entering St. Rose Convent on Sept. 8, 1952. Inez was received into the novitiate on Aug. 12, 1953, and was given the name Sister DeSales. She made profession of vows on Aug. 12, 1955 and final vows on Aug. 10, 1961.

After receiving a degree in pharmacology with distinction from Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska. Sister DeSales entered the healthcare ministry and served as a pharmacist for St. Francis Hospital for 51 years. From 1965 to 1972, she was named Chief Pharmacist at St. Francis Hospital. During that time she also worked at the Skemp Clinic Outpatient Pharmacy on Saturdays (1978-2005) and 12 hours per week at FSH Arcadia Hospital and Nursing Home until 2006. Sister DeSales also worked at several community pharmacies in Wisconsin including Cub Pharmacy, La Crosse; Miller Drug Store, West Salem; Rudi Pharmacy, Westby; Vernon Memorial Hospital, Viroqua, and Longwells Pharmacy, Galesville.

In her retirement, for a number of years, Sister DeSales managed St. Clare Health Mission Pharmacy in La Crosse. In 2011, she moved to St. Rose Convent. Sister DeSales made Villa St. Joseph her home in 2016. Community members, family and colleagues will remember Sister DeSales as an efficient and knowledgeable pharmacist, generous with her time and untiring in her efforts for others.

Quiet by nature, she kept abreast of current events and knew how to keep a conversation going about the news of the day. Another favorite pastime was the study of genealogy which allowed her to trace the roots of her large family. Sister DeSales is survived by her Franciscan community, her sister-in-law Joan Curti and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and brothers and sister: Anthony, William, Charles, Francis, and Sister Mechtilde Curti, FSPA.

Services:
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Friends may call after 3:15 p.m. Monday, November 18, 2019, at St. Rose Convent, La Crosse.  A prayer service will be held that evening 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, November 19, 2019, in the 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 or offered online.


Sister Genny Morrissey, FSPA

Sister Genny Morrissey, Franciscan Sister of Perpetual Adoration, 76, died on Friday, August 2, 2019 at Villa St. Joseph, La Crosse, Wisconsin.  She was in the fifty-fifth year of her religious profession.

Born on November 20, 1942, in Carroll, Iowa, Genevieve Ellen was the tenth of 13 children of Charley and Lois (Klingbeil) Morrissey.  Being one of the five youngest in the family, they were always considered the babies, a term they disliked very much—although they did like being spoiled by the older siblings. Growing up in a large family gave Sister Genny a great love for children. She enjoyed her younger siblings and taking care of neighbor children. Her father owned a small general store nearby, to which Genny would often take the younger children, an end up broke at the end of the trip.  Genny worked at the store for many years. She liked meeting the many different people who used to come to the store. During fourth grade, she began to make rosaries for the missions, which she did for years, even after entering the convent.

In 1961, Genny followed her two sisters, Sister Mary and Sister Fran, to St. Rose Convent in La Crosse, Wisconsin to become a Franciscan Sister of Perpetual Adoration. On August 12, 1962, she entered the novitiate and was given the name Sister Lois Ann. She later went back to her Baptismal name, Genny. She made her first vows on August 12, 1964.

Sister Genny began her ministry as a homemaker, serving in convents and parishes in Dedham and Sherrill, Iowa, and at St. Rose Convent. She served as a nurse aid in Tulsa, Oklahoma from 1969 to 1974. In 1974, Sister Genny received a Bachelor of Science in Health Arts from the College of St. Francis in Joliet, Ill. and became a registered nurse. She ministered as an RN at New Hope Village in Carroll from 1975 until 1986, being appointed Director of Nursing in 1978. During her time at New Hope Village, Sister Genny was awarded Employee of the Year. “She is available every day and has given so much extra time to the welfare of all residents…and staff.”  Her colleagues affectionately called her the “traveling nun,” as she would often take residents to visit their families.

In 1986-87, Sister Genny had a sabbatical and participated in the CREDO program at Gonzaga University, Spokane, Wash. She then returned to La Crosse and began ministering at Villa St. Joseph as an RN and eventually as Director of Nursing, until 2012.  She then spent a year in Shisong, Cameroon working with the Tertiary Sisters of St. Francis. When she returned to the United States, she volunteered to take sisters to visit family and to medical appointments. She also volunteered at Integrated Therapy, where she said she “met many wonderful people.” In 2017 her health required her to move to Villa St. Joseph as a resident.

Community members, family, colleagues and friends remember Sister Genny as always cheerful and fun-loving—with a heart of gold. She loved the young and the old. In fact, while in Cameroon, her enthusiasm for the children flowed over to her family and friends in the United States who adopted school fees for a number of the children. Sister Genny’s sparkle lit up any room she entered.  Her wry humor raised everyone’s spirits.

Sister Genny is survived by her Franciscan community including her sisters: Sister Mary Morrissey FSPA, Sister Fran Morrissey FSPA and Sister Shirley Morrissey FSPA, Rita Spence (Pendleton, South Carolina) and Veronica (Dick) Heun (Duncombe, Iowa) and her brothers: Tom (JoAnn) (Highlands Ranch, Colorado), Mike (Jean) (Elkhorn, Wisconsin), Steve (Mary) (Ankeny, Iowa) and Joe (Kay) (Lee’s Summit, Missouri), and many nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents, her brothers Fr. Charlie, OMI and Mac, and her sister Monica Coble.

Friends may call after 3:15 p.m. on Monday, August 12, 2019, at St. Rose Convent, La Crosse.  A prayer service will be held that evening 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, August 13, 2019, in the chapel. If you're unable to attend, the funeral will stream live here. Burial will be in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, La Crosse.

Dickinson Family Funeral Home is assisting with the arrangements. Memorials may be made online or sent to Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration, 912 Market Street, La Crosse, WI 54601-4782.


Sister Rose Therese McMullin, FSPA

Sister Rose Therese, Franciscan Sister of Perpetual Adoration, 97, died Saturday, March 25, 2019, at Villa St. Joseph, La Crosse. She was in her 78th year of religious profession. 

Sister Rose Therese (Leona May) was born to John and Sophie (Tomczak) McMullin on May 17, 1921, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Her family moved to Ashland, Wisconsin shortly after she was born. Growing up during the Depression, she remembered being “happy with the simplest things.” She loved nature and would join her sisters for jaunts into the woods to “gather the first blossoms of the early spring!” The family moved back to Minneapolis where she attended school until after her ninth grade. At that time, sensing the call from God to be a religious sister, Leona entered St. Rose Convent and completed her high school in La Crosse.  

In 1939, Leona entered the novitiate and was given the name, Sister Rose Therese. She made profession of vows on August 12, 1941.  

Sister Rose Therese’s career in teaching spanned 50 years including 18 years at Mosinee, Wisconsin, where she was principal from 1976 to 1984. She taught grades one and two in parochial schools in Iowa, Montana and Wisconsin. Sister Rose Therese earned a bachelor’s degree in art with a minor in philosophy from Viterbo College (University) in La Crosse. She continued her education at UW-Stevens Point studying reading and literacy. In 1992, Sister Rose Therese left the classroom and moved to the FSPA Eastern Region Home in Arbor Vitae, Wisconsin, where she was the cook and homemaker. She went to Eau Claire, Wisconsin in 1996, and was a volunteer tutor at Immaculate Conception School. Sister Rose Therese retired to St. Rose Convent in 2002, volunteering in various ways and taking adoration hours. Ten years later, Sister Rose Therese moved to Villa St. Joseph, where she spent most of her days visiting the sister residents.  

Sister Rose Therese is survived by her Franciscan community, two sisters: Geraldine Grazzini, Bloomington, Minnesota, and Jean Shannon, Minneapolis, Minnesota; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her sisters: Sister Alice McMullin, FSPA, Helen Pearson, Mary Olson and Margaret Levendusky and her brothers: James McMullin and Thomas McMullin.

Friends may call after 3:15 p.m. on Wednesday, March 27, 2019 at St. Rose Convent, La Crosse. A prayer service will be held that evening 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, March 28, 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.

Schumacher-Kish Funeral Home is assisting with the arrangements.


Sister Rita (Henryne) Becker, FSPA

Sister Rita Becker, FSPA, 95, died Friday, March 22, 2019, at Villa St. Joseph, La Crosse, Wisconsin. She was in the 74 year of her religious profession.

Sister Rita was born to Henry and Margaret (Kenney) Becker on July 28, 1923, on a farm southeast of Lansing, Iowa. Rita was received into the novitiate on August 12, 1943, and given the name Sister Henryne. Later she returned to her baptismal name. She made first profession of vows on August 12, 1945, and final profession on August 5, 1951.

Sister Rita entered the education profession and taught first and second grades for 41 years in parochial schools in Iowa and Wisconsin including 21 years (1969 to 1990) at Blessed Sacrament, La Crosse. After she left the classroom, Sister Rita served as a tutor and teacher aide before moving to Bloomer, Wisconsin. There, she was librarian and substitute teacher for one year. From 1991 to 1993, she offered her services in child care to a family in La Crosse. She formally retired to St. Rose Convent in 1993. A decline in her health brought her to Villa St. Joseph in 2010.

Community members, family and friends will remember Sister Rita as always having a smile for everyone. She loved reading, doing crossword puzzles and watching the news. Sister Rita was an avid sports’ fan. When asked what she likes to do best, her response was “taking walks and praying.” After her retirement, she was frequently occupied with visits from her former students. They loved her dearly and couldn’t give her enough credit for the foundation she gave them.

Sister Rita is survived by her Franciscan Community and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her brothers: John and Henry, and her sisters: Mary and Margaret.

Since Sister Rita had requested a natural burial, her wake will be Sunday evening, March 24, at 4 p.m. at Villa St. Joseph. Her funeral Mass will take place at Villa St. Joseph on Monday, March 25, at 9 a.m.; burial will follow at Villa St. Joseph. There will be a Memorial Mass for Sister Rita at St. Rose Convent on Wednesday, March 27 at 10:30 a.m., followed by sharing in the Community Room. Coulee Region Cremation Group is assisting with the arrangements.

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


Sister Mary (Mary Christopher) Schoemann, FSPA

Sister Mary Schoemann, Franciscan Sister of Perpetual Adoration, 87, died Wednesday, March 13, 2019, at Villa St. Joseph, La Crosse, Wisconsin. She was in the 86th year of her religious profession.

Mary Ann Schoemann was born on September 7, 1931, to Christopher and Sophia (Blum) Schoemann in Portsmouth, Iowa. Mary Ann grew up on the family farm in southwestern, Iowa. She recalled riding horses and doing farm chores with her seven brothers and sisters. She began her high school education at St. Mary’s in Portsmouth, but completed it at St. Rose High School after going to La Crosse to visit one of her sisters who had joined Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration.  The trip solidified her discernment to join the congregation in La Crosse. Mary was received into the novitiate on August 12, 1949, and given the name Sister Mary Christopher. She later returned to her baptismal name. She made her first profession of vows on August 12, 1951.

Education was the chosen field for Sister Mary. She taught middle grades in Iowa and Wisconsin schools for 23 years. Sister Mary earned a bachelor’s degree from Viterbo College (University) in elementary education and a master’s degree in elementary education from Notre Dame University. In 1975 she embarked on a new venture in Madison, Wisconsin—a course in Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE). For 24 years, Sister Mary served in pastoral care ministry in Mishawaka, Indiana, Lafayette, Louisiana, and North Branch, St. Paul and Minneapolis, Minnesota. From 1990 to 2002, Sister Mary provided pastoral care at Nazareth Hall Nursing Home and then Thomason County Hospital in El Paso, Texas. During her time in Texas, she was involved in border work, as it was becoming an issue for people “in the colonias across the border.” In 2002, Sister Mary retired to St. Rose Convent until she moved to Villa St. Joseph in 2012.

Sister Mary is survived by her Franciscan community, her brothers Father Robert Schoemann of Des Moines, Iowa and John Schoemann of Portsmouth and sisters, Grace Pauley of Panama, Iowa and Cecilia Langer from Arvada, Colorado and her sister-in-law Thelma Schoemann from Portsmouth. She was preceded in death by her parents, her brothers Eugene Schoemann and her sisters Sister Elaine Schoemann, FSPA and Sister Josephine Schoemann, FSPA.

Friends may call after 3:15 p.m., Thursday, March 21, 2019, 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. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated for Sister Mary at 10 a.m. on Friday, March 22 in Mary of the Angels Chapel. Burial will be at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, La Crosse.

Jandt Fredrickson Funeral Homes is assisting with the arrangements. 

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


Sister Praxedes Wertalka, FSPA

Sister Praxedes Wertalka, Franciscan Sister of Perpetual Adoration, 101, died Wednesday, March 13, 2019, at Villa St. Joseph, La Crosse, Wisconsin.  She was in the seventy-seventh year of her religious profession. Sister Praxedes was born on August 17, 1917, to Vincent and Anna (Ladauckite) Wertalka in Gary, Indiana. She entered St. Rose Convent in 1939 from Ringle, Wisconsin and made profession of vows in 1942.

Sister Praxedes chose homemaking as her profession. She worked in convent homes for 25 years Iowa and Wisconsin. From 1947 to 1965, Sister Praxedes served her FSPA community by fitting and repairing shoes for the sisters in the shoe department at St. Rose Convent. After almost 20 years at St. Rose Convent, Sister Praxedes returned to homemaking while also teaching religious education classes. She and three other sisters ministered to the poor in Frogmore, South Carolina from 1984 to 1987. Sister Praxedes returned to St. Rose Convent in 1988 and worked in the mission office distributing clothes and bedding to needy La Crosse families for several years before retiring. She made her home at the Villa in 2006.
 
Sister Praxedes is survived by her Franciscan community, several nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. Her parents, her brothers Carl and Joseph and her sisters Adella Anderson and Sister Mary Luca Wertalka FSPA preceded her in death.

Friends may call after 3:15 p.m., Tuesday, March 19, when her body will be brought to St. Rose Convent, La Crosse. A prayer service will be held that evening at 6:30 p.m. in Mary of the Angels Chapel. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated for Sister Praxedes at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, March 20 in Mary of the Angels Chapel. Burial will be in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, La Crosse.

Dickinson Family Funeral Home is assisting with the arrangements.

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


Sister Bernice (Julie Marie) Newton, FSPA

Sister Bernice Newton, 97, died on Saturday, November 10, 2018, at Villa St. Joseph, La Crosse, Wisconsin. She was in year 71 of her religious profession.

Sister Bernice was born on June 7, 1921, to Thomas and Agnes (Yonda) Newton in Lamont, Iowa. She entered St. Rose Convent in 1944. Earning a degree in music education from Viterbo College (University), Sister Bernice began her ministry in the field of music. She taught music in schools and parishes for 26 years in La Crosse (Trinity and St. Mary’s Parish), Menomonie and Superior in Wisconsin, and Bellevue, Milford, Calmar and Waterloo in Iowa. She worked in the music library at Viterbo College for three years before becoming certified in pastoral care. From 1977 to 1994 she served as chaplain at St. Francis Medical Center (Mayo Clinic Health System—Franciscan Healthcare). For two years she volunteered there in the ICU waiting room and 7th floor medical unit. Sister Bernice retired in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, in 1996. Ten years later she moved to St. Rose Convent and made her home at Villa St. Joseph in 2008.

Sister Bernice is survived by her religious community, her sister Mary Shea, Cedar Rapids, Iowa and two nieces, Donna Kapalakis and Julie (Steve) Ruiz also of Cedar Rapids. She was preceded in death by her parents.

Friends may call after 3:15 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 15 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. A Mass of Christian Burial is scheduled for 10 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 16 in Mary of the Angels Chapel. Burial will follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery.

Schumacher-Kish Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements.

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


Sister Margaret (Jacinta) Wagner, FSPA

Franciscan Sister of Perpetual Adoration Margaret Wagner

Sister Margaret (Jacinta) Wagner, Franciscan Sister of Perpetual Adoration, 87 years old, died on Tuesday, November 6, 2018 at Villa St. Joseph, La Crosse, Wisconsin. She was in year 67 of her religious profession.

Margaret Frances Wagner was born to George and Margaret (Fischer) Wagner on Jan. 18, 1931 in Edgar, Wisconsin. She made her first profession of vows as a Franciscan Sister of Perpetual Adoration on August 12, 1951, as Sister Jacinta. She later went back to her baptismal name.

With a bachelor's degree in elementary education from Viterbo College (University) and a master's degree in education with a concentration in school administration, Sister Margaret served as a teacher and principal for 27 years in Ashland, Superior, Wausau, and La Crosse, Wisconsin and Milford and Muscatine, Iowa. She worked in the St. Rose business office for a year before earning an MBA from Notre Dame University. With a year as assistant treasurer, Sister Margaret assumed the position of FSPA congregational treasurer. She held this position from 1983 to 1992. After a sabbatical year studying at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, Sister Margaret served as Vice-President of Student Life at Viterbo College from 1993 to 1996. In 1996 she became responsible for food service at Marywood Franciscan Spirituality Center and FSPA regional home in Arbor Vitae, Wisconsin. In 2000 she moved to Christine Center, Willard, Wisconsin, to be on staff as housekeeper, groundskeeper, bookkeeper and coordinator of volunteers. Helping others was at the heart of each mission experience. Sister Margaret made St. Rose Convent her home in 2006, until September 2018, when her health failed and she moved to Villa St. Joseph.

Sister Margaret is survived by her religious community and her brothers: George (Valparaiso, Florida) and Daniel (Anoka, Minnesota) and her sisters: Eunice Tess (Edgar, Wisconsin) and Dolores Gohdes (Madison, Wisconsin) and 47 nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and her brothers Roman and Gerald and her sisters Germaine Zweck, Joan Baeseman and Marie McWaters.

Friends may call after 4 p.m. on Sunday, November 11 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. A Mass of Christian Burial is scheduled for Monday, November 12 at 10 a.m. in Mary of the Angels Chapel (family and friends unable to attend may watch here). Burial will be in Gate of Heaven Cemetery.

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 Helen (Mary Leonard) Castner, FSPA

Sister Helen Castner

Sister Helen (Mary Leonard) Castner, Franciscan Sister of Perpetual Adoration, 86 years old, died on Thursday, October 25, 2018 at Villa St. Joseph, La Crosse, Wisconsin. She was in year 65 of her religious profession.

Sister Helen was born on August 13, 1932 to John and Theresa (Hoffman) Castner in Marshfield, Wisconsin. Sister Helen received a bachelor of science degree in education with a minor in English from Viterbo College (University). For 50 years she ministered as a primary school teacher in Marathon, Athens, Genoa, Sparta, Ashland, Wausau, Superior and Bloomer, Wisconsin and Muscatine, Iowa. While serving as a teacher, she assisted with various duties throughout the parishes in which she was assigned. In the summers, Sister Helen would volunteer on various missions throughout the congregation, including visiting homes in Canton, Mississippi and working with battered women in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In 2003 she retired to St. Rose Convent where she ministered as a volunteer and was a very dedicated prayer partner. Sister Helen moved to Villa St. Joseph in 2018.

Sister Helen is survived by her religious community and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother John and her sister Mary Wehrman.

Friends may call after 3:15 p.m. on Monday, October 29 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. A Mass of Christian Burial is scheduled for Tuesday, October 30 at 10 a.m. in Mary of the Angels Chapel. Burial will be in Gate of Heaven Cemetery.

Schumacher-Kish 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 Laurette Sprosty, FSPA

Sister Laurette Sprosty

Laurette Sprosty, Franciscan Sister of Perpetual Adoration, 80 years old, died on Thursday, October 25, 2018 at Villa St. Joseph, La Crosse, Wisconsin. She was in year 61 of religious profession.

Sister Laurette was born on October 10, 1938 to Lawrence and Rose (Mischel) Sprosty in Prairie Du Chien, Wisconsin. She entered St. Rose High School in 1952 and made her first profession of vows in 1957. Sister Laurette served as a primary school teacher from 1958 to 1969 in Mosinee and La Crosse (St. Wenceslaus), Wisconsin. For four years she served as media center coordinator at St. Wenceslaus and Cathedral schools (where she became principal). For two years she taught language arts at Holy Trinity School. In 1977 she served the La Crosse Diocese Education Center until she was elected provincial of the FSPA Southern Province. After one term as provincial, Sister Laurette moved to Zimbabwe where she taught at Bondolfi Teachers’ College in Masvingo from 1982 to 1993. She then ministered as Director of Catoruzzi (a Catholic teacher organization) until 1995. At that time, Sister Laurette began working with the Zimbabwe Catholic Bishops’ Conference as a staff development officer for seven years. Sister Laurette served Harare-area orphanages from 2002 to 2004, when she started teaching Irish Franciscan Province postulants in Chivu (where she was also Co-director of Postulants). In 2012, Sister Laurette returned to the United States and began teaching English as a volunteer in St. Paul before moving to St. Rose Convent in 2017. In 2018, Sister Laurette made her home at Villa St. Joseph.

Sister Laurette is survived by her religious community and her brothers David (Gays Mills, Wisconsin), Paul (Little Canada, Minnesota), Kenneth (Norwalk, Wisconsin), and Patrick (Thief River Falls, Minnesota) and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and her sister Dorothy.

Friends may call after 4 p.m. on Sunday, October 28 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. A Mass of Christian Burial is scheduled for Monday, October 29 at 10 a.m. in Mary of the Angels Chapel. Burial will be in Gate of Heaven Cemetery.

Dickinson Family Funeral Homes is assisting with the arrangements.

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


Sister Dorothy (Mary Donald) Wenzel, FSPA

Franciscan Sister of Perpetual Adoration Dorothy WenzelSister Dorothy (Mary Donald) Wenzel, Franciscan Sister of Perpetual Adoration, 89 years, died on Sunday, September 23, 2018 at Villa St. Joseph, La Crosse, Wisconsin.  She was in her sixty-ninth year of religious profession. 

Sister Dorothy was born on September 18, 1929 to Louis and Anna (Frodel) Wenzel in Stratford, Wisconsin.  In 1947, Dorothy entered the novitiate at St. Rose Convent and was given the name Sister Mary Donald. (Later she returned to her baptismal name.) She made her first profession of vows on August 12, 1949. 

Sister Dorothy received a Bachelor of Science in Education with a minor in English from Viterbo College (University).  She began her ministry as a primary school teacher in schools in Washington (Spokane) and Wisconsin (Boscobel, Durand, Marathon, Plum City, Menomonie, Stanley), including several years at Trinity School and St. John’s School in La Crosse.  After thirty-three years in education, Sister Dorothy became the director of religious education for three years in Thorp, Wisconsin and pastoral care assistant at Villa St. Joseph for another three years, before taking time to enter a Clinical Pastoral Education program in Willmar, Minnesota.  Sister Dorothy served as chaplain at St. Francis Regional Medical Center in Shakopee, Minn. from 1990 to 1993.  She then moved into pastoral ministry at St. Raphael’s parish in Crystal, Minn. until she retired to St. Rose Convent in 2002.  In 2011, Sister Dorothy moved to Villa St. Joseph.

Sister Dorothy is survived by her religious community, her brother Donald, Stratford and her sisters Loretta Tritz and Alice Fisher, both from Marshfield, and Sister Margaret Wenzel, FSPA, and many nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents, her brothers: Walter, Raymond, Alfred and Leo, and her sisters: Agnes Meyer and Marie Grassl.

Friend may call after 3:15 p.m. on Thursday, September 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. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, September 28, at 10 a.m. in Mary of the Angels Chapel.  Burial will be in Gate of Heaven Cemetery.

Jandt Fredrickson Funeral Homes is assisting with the arrangements.

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


Sister Marie (Jacqueline) Weller, FSPA

Sister Marie Weller, Franciscan Sister of Perpetual Adoration, 101, died on Tuesday, August 21, 2018, at Villa St. Joseph, La Crosse, Wisconsin.  She was in her eighty-first year of religious profession.

Sister Marie was born on December 24, 1916 to Matthew and Alice (Mueller) Weller in Spokane, Washington.  Marie entered St. Rose Convent on Aug. 5, 1933. Sister Marie started her ministry as an elementary teacher in various Wisconsin locales: Cazenovia, Marathon, Sherrill, Menomonie, and Blessed Sacrament School in La Crosse from 1936 to 1951. In 1951, Sister Marie started teaching home economics in high schools in Spokane, Washington, Ashland, Wisconsin, Carroll, Iowa, Salem, Oregon and Bozeman, Montana. During the 1972 to 1973 academic year, she taught home economics at Viterbo College (University). Sister Marie received a bachelor of science degree from Viterbo College (University) in 1950 with a major in Education and a double minor in Art and English. In 1957, she received an master of science degree in Home Economics from Stout State University. In 1977, Sister Marie formally retired from teaching in the classroom and began volunteering as a seamstress and home-care provider in Spokane and Salem, Washington until 1990 when she moved to St. Rose Convent and continued her creative work providing crafts for the St. Rose Gift Shop and decorating around the convent. In 2013, she moved to Villa St. Joseph. On Dec. 24, 2016, she celebrated her one hundredth birthday at Villa St. Joseph with the planting of a Fiesta Maple tree.

Sister Marie is survived by her religious community and many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother Eugene and her three sisters: Sister Marguerite (Elaine) FSPA, Cecilia and Lorraine.

Since Sister Marie requested a natural burial, her wake will be Wednesday, August 22, 2018 at 4 p.m. at Villa St. Joseph. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9 a.m. on Thursday, August 23 in the Villa chapel. Burial will follow immediately at Villa St. Joseph. There will be a memorial service for Sister Marie on Tuesday, August 28 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Rose Convent, with sharing following. Coulee Region Cremation Group is assisting with the arrangements.


Sister Phyllis Ann Hackman, FSPA

Sister Phyllis Ann Hackman, Franciscan Sister of Perpetual Adoration, 95, died on Saturday, May 12, 2018, at Villa St. Joseph, La Crosse, Wisconsin. She was in the seventieth year of her religious profession.

Sister Phyllis Ann was born on April 2, 1923, to Edward and Anna (Schmitt) Hackman in Festina, Iowa. She entered St. Rose Convent in 1945. Beginning her active ministry as a homemaker, Sister Phyllis Ann served her sisters in convent homes in Guam, Idaho, Utah, Wisconsin and Washington. After earning her dietetics degree, she became a dietary supervisor at Milbank, South Dakota and Hillsboro, Wisconsin. Sister Phyllis Ann felt called to serve in the pastoral care ministry and became a clinical pastoral educator. She eventually became certified as a chaplain. From 1980-1993, Sister Phyllis Ann was employed as a chaplain at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, Belleville, Illinois. Her last nine years of active ministry were at St. Joseph’s Parish, New Hampton, Iowa, serving as pastoral associate. While serving in New Hampton, she started a food pantry and also worked in hospice. She retired to St. Rose Convent in 2002. She moved to Villa St. Joseph in 2017.

Sister Phyllis Ann is survived by her religious community; two sisters: Lucille Kruse, Ossian, Iowa and Phyllis (Duane) Einwalter, Fort Atkinson; two brothers: Paul (Betty) Hackman, Calmar, Iowa and Norbert (Mary) Hackman, Fort Atkinson and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother Othmar and her sisters Sister Marcella Hackman, FSPA, Irene Shatek and Rita Shatek.

Friends may call after 3:15 p.m. on Monday, May 21 at 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 celebrated on Tuesday, May 22, at 10 a.m. in the chapel. Burial will take place in the family plot at Festina.  Dickinson and Hugeback Funeral Homes are handling the arrangements.

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


Sister Eudora Navarre, FSPA

Sister Eudora Navarre, Franciscan Sister of Perpetual Adoration, 87 died on Tuesday, May 8, 2018, at Villa St. Joseph, La Crosse, Wisconsin.  She was in her sixty-first year of religious profession.

Margaret Mary Navarre was born on August 11, 1930, to Benedict Joseph and Cecilia Margaret (Stilp) Navarre in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She entered St. Rose Convent in 1954 and was given the name Sister Eudora. She professed her first vows on August 12, 1957.

After profession, Sister Eudora began working at Viterbo College (University) in the library and mail room. For several years, she worked in the Viterbo bookstore, until it was taken over by an outside book company. Sister Eudora then returned to work in the Viterbo library and mail room. During that time, Sister Eudora earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Viterbo College (University). She then took courses in library science at Viterbo and the University of Wisconsin—La Crosse and received library certification. With her library certificate in hand, Sister Eudora became librarian at St. Anthony of the Lake grade school in Pewaukee, Wisconsin from August 1979 until June 1994. After retiring from St. Anthony library, Sister Eudora moved to La Crosse and became librarian at St. Rose Convent. During her tenure as St. Rose librarian, the library was moved three times, due to renovations at the convent. From 2000 until 2005, Sister Eudora worked in the archive department of St. Rose. In 2005, she formally retired at St. Rose Convent until 2010, when she moved to Villa St. Joseph.

Sister Eudora is survived by her Franciscan Community and several cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Eugene.

Friends may call after 3:15 p.m. on Tuesday, May 15, 2018, at St. Rose Convent. A prayer service will be held that evening at 6:30 p.m. in Mary of the Angels Chapel. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, May 16, at 10 a.m. in the chapel. Burial will be in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, La Crosse. Schumacher-Kisch Funeral Home is assisting with the arrangements.

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


Sister Mary (Mary Emmanuel) Bates, FSPA

Sister Mary BatesSister Mary Bates, Franciscan Sister of Perpetual Adoration, 90, died on Monday, May 7, 2018, at Mayo Clinic Health System—Franciscan Healthcare, La Crosse, Wisconsin. She was in the sixty-eighth year of her religious profession.

Sister Mary was born on March 9, 1928, to Harry and Rose (Hartung) Bates in Eau Galle, Wisconsin. She entered St. Rose Convent in 1947 and made profession of vows in 1950. Entering the field of education, Sister Mary served as an elementary teacher for 14 years in schools in Washington and Wisconsin, and as a high school Spanish teacher for 12 years at Kuemper in Carroll, Iowa, Aquinas in La Crosse, and in Fridley, Minn. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Viterbo College (University) in history with a minor in education and English, then went on to earn a master’s degree from St. Louis University in Spanish. Sister Mary also taught English as a second language in El Salvador and Mexico during the summers. From 1977-1984 she was a teacher and Director of Religious Education (DRE) at St. James Parish in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. In 1984, Sister Mary moved to Hopkins, Minnesota. where she was DRE at St. Joseph Parish for 14 years before retiring in 1998. She continued to reside in Hopkins and volunteered in several places. Sister Mary retired to St. Rose Convent, La Crosse, in 2009.

Sister Mary is survived by her Franciscan Community; three sisters: Esther (Cyril) Bauer, Menomonie, Wisconsin, Angeline (Laverne) Brantner, Eau Galle, Virginia (Roman) Schuh, Plymouth, Minnesota; two brothers: Carl Bates, Springfield, Minnesota and Alfred Bates, Columbia Heights, Minnesota, and nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents, her sister Rosanne Clark, and her brothers Joseph, Arthur, Lawrence, Bernard and Frederick.

Friends may call after 3:15 p.m. on Monday, May 14, 2018, at St. Rose Convent. A prayer service will be held that evening at 6:30 p.m. in Mary of the Angels Chapel. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, May 15, at 10 a.m. in the 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, Wisconsin 54601-4782.


Sister Drusilla Trussoni, FSPA

Sister Drusilla Trussoni, Franciscan Sister of Perpetual Adoration, 102, died Sunday, May 6, 2018, at Villa St. Joseph, La Crosse, Wisconsin.  She was in the eighty-first year of religious profession.

Sister Drusilla ministered as a homemaker for eighteen years in convent homes and hospitals in Iowa, Idaho, Washington and Wisconsin. She worked as a nurse aid at Villa St. Joseph and St. Joseph Home, La Crosse. After earning a licensed practical nurse degree, Sister Drusilla served two years at St. Francis Hospital (Mayo Clinic Health System—Franciscan Healthcare) and seven years at Villa St. Joseph as an LPN. For a few years, she cared for her aging parents and continued working at St. Francis Hospital as an LPN. After her parents’ death, she received training in pastoral care work and began ministering at Mayo Clinic Health System—Franciscan Healthcare in the pastoral care department for another sixteen years. In 1987 she retired, but continued to volunteer in the ICU waiting room, at bloodmobiles and as Eucharistic Minister at the hospital. She moved to St. Rose Convent in 2008. In 2012 Sister Drusilla went to Villa St. Joseph. 

Sister Drusilla is survived by her Franciscan community, one sister, Alberta (Berdie) Clark, La Crosse, and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, seven brothers: Joseph, John, David, Albert, Anthony, James and Frank and eight sisters: Margaret Zielke, Barbara DeFlorian, Martha Zielke, Madlen Zink, Delia Finley, Lorena McKinnon, Christina Robare, and Lucille Fanello.

Friends may call after 3:15 p.m. Wednesday, May 9, 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. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, May 10 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. 

Dickinson Family Funeral Home is assisting with the funeral arrangements.


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