Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration (FSPA)

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Obituaries

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 the 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.

 

Franciscan Sister of Perpetual Adoration Margaret WagnerSister Margaret (Jacinta) Wagner, FSPA

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 CastnerSister Helen (Mary Leonard) Castner, FSPA

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 SprostySister Laurette Sprosty, FSPA

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. 

S. 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, Wis. and pastoral care assistant at Villa St. Joseph for another three years, before taking time to enter a Clinical Pastoral Education program in Willmar, Minn.  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, Wash. 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, Wis., Angeline (Laverne) Brantner, Eau Galle, Virginia (Roman) Schuh, Plymouth, Minn.; two brothers: Carl Bates, Springfield, Minn. and Alfred Bates, Columbia Heights, Minn., 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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