Sister Gertrude made first profession of vows on August 12, 1948 and final vows on August 9, 1954. In eighth grade she shared her call with her parents, who were very supportive. She later went back to her baptismal name. Community members, family and friends remember Sister Agnes as having a heart of gold for the sisters she served as a homemaker and for the children whose lives she touched in Mississippi and Texas. She was especially taken by his focus on care for creation; just last year she noted that she had reread and meditated on Franciss encyclical Laudato Si, several times. After she initially applied to the Maryknoll Sisters, she subsequently met Mother Joan Kramer, FSPA, on a visit to St. Rose Convent to see her sister, Sister Jean (Carmelita), FSPA. During those two years, she worked in her fathers bakery. The following year she entered the community. In 2022, with her health failing, she moved to Villa St. Joseph. Sister Rita Jansen, Franciscan Sister of Perpetual Adoration, 94, died on Thursday, November 17, 2022 at Villa St. Joseph in La Crosse, Wisconsin. Her fathers work, assistant sales manager for Auto-lite, led the family to move to La Crosse shortly after her birth. She was in the seventieth year of her religious profession. She professed first vows on August 12, 1952. In 2007, she moved to Villa St. Joseph, La Crosse, ministering as a volunteer to the community until 2019. The Congregation's headquarters are located at Assisi Heights in Rochester, Minnesota. 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. Mike Lang, Dialog Reporter - 16 September 2020, 12:29 0 READING, Pa. Sister Laetitia Okoniewski, 101, a member of the Bernardine Franciscan Sisters Third Order Regular of St. Francis, died Sept. 15 at. Born in Bellevue, Iowa on Nov. 7, 1927, Gertrude Florence was the daughter of Cornelius Vincent and Teresa Mary (Keuter) Daugherty. 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. Sister was 93 years of age and had been a Sister of St. Francis for 70 years. My family is a source of strength and support for me in their love and understanding. Sister Jean continued her education with a masters degree in Spanish and Foreign Languages from Purdue University. After three years in that position she resigned, was married and began raising her five children: Marianne, George, Pat, Susan and Tom. Her family hosted foreign exchange students from Iceland and Italy. She was quite an artist; doing beautiful rosemaling and also oil paintings and water colors which can be found around the Villa. She made her home at Villa St. Joseph in 2013. To the surprise of her family, she chose the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration in La Crosse, being drawn to the ministry of Perpetual Adoration. Her motto of living life in union with Christ was evident in her recent celebration of her 70th jubilee. For a year she was a home health nurse in Claxton, Georgia. In 1976, Sister Joan transitioned to the ministry of activities director at Villa St. Joseph, a post she held until 1983. The twinkle in her eyes made one wonder what she was planning next. She could name everyone in her family down to the third and fourth generations. She made the Sodality of Mary a very active part in the lives of the teenagers including Sister Agnes. Sister Joan Hageman, FSPA, 82, died on February 20, 2022 at Villa St. Joseph, La Crosse, Wisconsin. She then moved to Villa St. Joseph in 2012. In 1991, her fathers need again took her to Guttenberg where she worked for the North Eastern Iowa Rehabilitation Association, providing therapy to individuals and institutions in Clayton County. Their honeymoon was to travel west to bring Sister Anita back home and reunite the family. After high school, she entered the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration in La Crosse. She loved her years teaching. RUTH JASINSKI OBITUARY Sister Ruth Jasinski, 94, of the Bernardine Franciscan Sisters Third Order Regular of St Francis, died on Monday morning, August 23, 2021, at Reading Hospital-Tower. Then she became the employee health director at St. Francis Medical Center (MCHS-FH) until 1991. Her interest in history remained current. On June 9, 1958, God did give her a call. She continued her education with the Franciscan Sisters at St. Marys High School, graduating in 1953. She taught for 33 years in elementary schools in Iowa, Washington, Oregon and Wisconsin. Sister Agnes learned about the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration from her aunt, Sister Anna (Bernadita) Gehling. 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. Numerous university students credit her for their search into the world of spirituality. From 1983 to 1988 she was manager of the school lunch program at Holy Child Jesus School, Canton, Mississippi. In Loving Memory Of Sister Dorothy Ann Kundinger. After receiving a bachelors degree in English from Viterbo College (University), La Crosse, she went on for a masters degree in English from Marquette University, Milwaukee. After receiving a bachelors degree in Human Services at Grandview College in Des Moines, she went on to earn a Clinical Pastoral Education certificate at Mercy Hospital Medical Center in Des Moines. During high school, she participated in various sports and clubs. bottom of page Sister Agnes loved growing up on a farm and being outdoors; her family grew vegetables and raised chickens to sell. Soon there were three more children growing up on the small family farm in Big River. In 1999, she was officially incorporated as a Franciscan Sister of Perpetual Adoration. The Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls, Minnesota, is a community of Roman Catholic women religious who follow the Gospel of Jesus Christ, walking in the footsteps of Saints Francis and Clare of Assisi. On October 27, 2021, Sister Gale Bednarek, our resident Scripture scholar, left us for the fullness of Gods light and love. She made first profession of vows on August 12, 1950, and final profession on August 9, 1956. Is a publication about the Bernardine Center in Chester, PA. Louise, her sister, spoke often about going to the convent and finally decided on the Benedictines in Missouri. Stay informed on the latest news from the Sisters of St. Francis, Clinton, Iowa. Her commitment to those less fortunate has been immeasurable. She completed her high school at St. Rose High School in La Crosse. She was eager to go to school with her sisters. In 1981 Sister Geralyn became principal of the and later returned to teaching first grade. Felician Sisters of North America Home Page. Her favorite subject was American history. There she met the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration (FSPA) and the seed of her religious vocation was planted. She made her first profession of vows on August 12, 1961. 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. Community members, family, colleagues and friends remember Sister Karolyne for her delicious baking and great love of the outdoors. She was instrumental in expanding student life programming since, at the time, the college was rapidly growing its enrollment of lay students. Saint of the Day. She made her profession of vows on August 12, 1946 and final vows on August 9, 1952. They desired to transfer from the congregation and become members of the Franciscan . In 1994, she moved to Mobile, Alabama and ministered as a teachers aide and resource teacher for eight years before retiring to St. Rose Convent in 2002. 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. Her parents moved to Chile five months after they were married. Sister Rita Marie developed her creative talents by crocheting, embroidering, cross stitching, creweling and recycling greeting cards. Sister Gertrude Daugherty, FSPA, 93, died on Sunday, August 8, 2021, at Villa St. Joseph, La Crosse, Wisconsin. From our life in community we are sent to extend the mission of Jesus through our presence and service. She was very appreciative of FSPA for enabling her to minister to those often forgotten or ignored by society. Sister Anita Marie was born in River Falls (Big River), Wisconsin on May 2, 1932, to Leo and Mildred (Maier) Beskar. Sister Helen served her FSPA community as Director of Nursing at Villa St. Joseph 1964 to 1965, prior to completing her Masters Degree in nursing education at Columbia University in New York City, New York from 1965 to 1967. How surprised, and disappointed, was Sister Lydia when Louise (Sister Joan Marie) entered FSPA in La Crosse. Her favorite teacher (a Sister of St. Francis of Clinton, Iowa) had a deep devotion to Mary. Possessing excellent office skills, she was tapped for clerical work at Viterbo College (University) from 1962 to 1966. She thrived on helping people and especially loved her adoration hours. By August, 1955, Sister Dorothy was beginning her high school at St. Rose Convent in La Crosse, Wisconsin. Sr. Therese Francis was born in Stevens Point, Wisconsin and entered the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph of the Third Order of St. Francis from St. Peter Parish in 1945. 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. She served as a religious educator in Marion, Iowa for three years and as a religious education coordinator in St. Pius Parish in Cedar Rapids for three more years. Community members, family and friends remember Sister Evelyn as a lively, generous person. Franciscan Sisters have served at St. Benedict's for 80 years. It is one of our missions that provide educational, spiritual and advocacy programs to help the nearby residents build better lives for themselves, their families and their communities. Twelve years later, the small group of sisters established their Motherhouse in Reading, Pennsylvania. For the next five years, Sister Helen served as a staff nurse at St. Rose Convent Health Center. 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. Felician Sisters Cemetery. Lois Lorraine was born to Aubrey and Georgia (Carlisle) Lobdell on April 14, 1923, in Durand, Wisconsin. Sister Donna served as an elementary teacher for 14 years in schools in Washington (St. Augustines, Spokane [1952-1955 and 1963-1964]) and Wisconsin (Sacred Heart, Ashland [1950-1952]), La Crosse (St. Wenceslaus [1956-1963] and Blessed Sacrament [1964-1965]). Her older sister Eileen joined the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration in 1943. Sister Gertrude served her FSPA community as a homemaker in convent homes in Iowa, Washington and Wisconsin from 1948 to 1965. Sister Dorothy Agnes was born on October 8, 1941 in Auburndale, Wisconsin to Joseph and Martha (Bayerl) Kundinger. She later went back to her baptismal name. From 2010 to 2017, she also served as a volunteer organist at Regina Hospital in Hastings, Minnesota. Music was an integral part of the Sheridan family life. August 16, 1935 - July 10, 2020 IN THE CARE OF Whalen & Ball Funeral Home Sister Maureen Kelly, FSP, formerly known as Sr. John Agnes, was the second child of four born in New York City to John and Agnes Kelly. She always felt that her best friend was the Blessed Mother who accepted her for the person she was called to be. During the seventh grade at St. Marys School in Auburndale, Sister Dorothy began hearing a faint call to religious life. Marie was received into the novitiate on August 12, 1943, and given the name Sister Rita Marie. Sister Helen Keating, Franciscan Sister of Perpetual Adoration, 93, died of cancer on May 14, 2020 at Villa St. Joseph, La Crosse, Wisconsin. In 1993, Sister Pat returned to Tulsa as pastoral minister at St. Marys Parish until returning to St. Rose Convent in 1996, where she served in pastoral care to sisters retired there. At that time, she retired and spent the next eight years volunteering, mainly as a math and science tutor. Sister Sandras primary ministry prior to joining FSPA was serving as a midwife in Tanzania and Kenya. 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. From 1985 to 2005, she served as a remedial teacher at David School, a small alternative high school in the coal-mining hills of Kentucky. After attending the Creation Spirituality Program in Oakland, California, Sister Donna served on the retreat staff at Holy Cross Center in Merrill, Wisconsin. Her final days of retirement were at Villa St. Joseph. The family later settled in Menomonie, Wisconsin where Donna was in the first freshman class at the new St. Joseph High School. 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, Wisconsinon August 15, 1940. She was in the sixty-seventh year of her religious profession. She then attended St. Patricks High School, run by the Benedictine sisters. Our Franciscan spirituality calls us to live the gospel life discovered through contemplation and action, recognizing that All are one and in respect for all of God's creation. 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. She boarded with the sisters Monday through Friday and it was customary to make a retreat between the two semesters. Her gift of music was shared in many ways instrumentally, vocally and even to the point of creating enjoyable parodies for special occasions. Active Nonviolence. Born in Sand Lake, Michigan, Sister Patin entered the by Franciscan Sisters of Our Lady of Perpetual Help | Jun 4, 2019 | Franciscan Sisters News, Obituaries. The sixth died on Oct. 29 and the most recent two died on Nov. 6. At its peak, the motherhouse was home to 700 nuns. As the Shakal family grew, they eventually moved to a larger farmhouse, close to Holy Family School in Stanley where Sister Betty completed her elementary education. Sister Clara Mae Kuempel, FSPA, 90, died on Tuesday, April 5, 2022, at Villa St. Joseph, La Crosse, Wisconsin. Her father worked there for a large U.S. copper mining company. She managed to turn every business trip into an adventure. She attended St. Joseph elementary and high school in Earling. Sister Evelyn also served as a part-time tax accountant for a local Spokane firm. She was in the seventy-sixth year of her religious profession. In 1977 her ministry took her to St. Joseph School in Prescott, Wisconsin, as a first-grade teacher, choir director and organist. From 1993 to 1997, Sister Jean served as the Dean of the School of Letters and Sciences at Viterbo. In 1979, Sister Dorothy Ann moved to Holy Child Jesus School in Canton, Mississippi where she taught junior high for 10 years. JEREMIAH COLLINS OBITUARY. She continued these activities until her health began to fail. Posted June 15, 2022 Sister Anna Louise Aherne, O.S.F. Sister Pat was received into the novitiate on August 12, 1947, and was given the name Sister Paula. She entered St. Rose Convent in 1944 and professed vows in 1947. In 2010, Sister Margaret Ann retired to Villa St. Joseph, La Crosse where she continued to volunteer until her health weakened. She was actively involved in the National Catholic Development Conference during her tenure as Director of Development. Sister Betty taught high school chemistry and mathematics for 26 years in Wisconsin (Prairie du Chien and Stevens Point), Oregon (Salem), Iowa (Bellevue, Carroll, and West Point) and Texas (El Paso). She began her teaching career with middle grades in Carroll and Hills, Iowa and at St. Marys Ridge, Wisconsin before moving into high school teaching. She learned to play the organ, violin and clarinet, but the organ was her favorite. This was probably the first time that any thought of a religious vocation entered her mind. Her smile and hearty laugh were both infectious. After a years sabbatical at Prairiewoods Franciscan Spirituality Center in Hiawatha, Iowa, Sister Karolyne stayed on as gardener and helped in the kitchen until 2005. Again she received a negative response, but a week later her father gave his approval. Then, making a change in her career, Sister Agnes worked with abused children at Casa de Esperanza de Los Ninos, Houston, Texas, for five years and one year at Catholic Charities in El Paso, Texas, in emergency services. You have successfully removed Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity Cemetery from your Photo Volunteer cemetery list. Sister Pat was known for the rapport she had with students and the quality of performance she was able to elicit from them. She served as chaplain at St. Marys Hospital in Centralia, Ill., 1991 to 1995. As a child she enjoyed ice skating, hiking, bicycling and roller skating. The sisters of Mother of Good Counsel and Our Lady of the Angels Convents in Chicago, IL, celebrated the Jubilarians of 2021 on Saturday, May 22. Sr Susheela Sequeira, the superior general was the president of the chapter. Friends, family and community members remember Sister Joanne as having a quiet, loving heart for the poor, especially the elderly poor. Her mother was a homemaker, but as Sister Joanne would say, also an activist, who was involved in many civic and social justice activities as she raised Joanne and her two brothers. She lived very simply and felt relationships were more important than material things. She made profession of first vows on August 12, 1954. In 2013, she moved to Villa St. Joseph in La Crosse and in 2022 back to St. Rose Convent. As soon as their dad came home from work, the question was put to him. She continued her ministry serving part-time as a healthcare provider for another ten years for Comfort Home Health Care, also in Rochester. She kept learning and teaching wherever she was. Meet one of our Sisters responding to the needs of our community and the world. She was an excellent teacher who encouraged and inspired her students. Sr. Marcy Romine, 67, a sister for 47 years, died February 14, 2017 at her apartment in New Orleans, Louisiana. After graduating from the eighth grade, Sister Jean attended Pilgrim Park Junior High for one year before moving to Brookfield Central High School. In 2009, Sister Frances moved to St. Rose Convent until her health required her to move to Villa St. Joseph in late 2019. Since she couldn't stop doing for others, a special aspect of her Marywood ministry was baking mini loaves of bread to welcome visitors. The story of consecrated life is about those who have met the Lord and set forth on a journey. Her adoration was always the first priority in her day while at St. Rose Convent. She liked the work and desired to become a nurse. Sister Helen taught one year at St. Marys School, Marathon, Wisconsinbefore devoting the rest of her life to the healthcare profession. She was in the sixty-ninth year of her religious profession. Sister David . Community members, family and friends remember Sister Clara Mae as always having a smile for everyone. Oftentimes, she would spend days in the home of someone dying of HIV/AIDS or care for them in her home if they couldnt afford another place or another place was not available. Mother Joan invited her to join the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration. Sister Anita (Mary Kenneth) Beskar, FSPA, died April 23, 2022, just shy of her 90th birthday, at Villa St. Joseph, La Crosse, Wisconsin. The Rev. St. Francis and St. Clare saw the good and holy possibility in the culture of everyday life. She had been taught by sisters for two years, but in her earlier years was not attracted to their communities. 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