Sister Rita Leneghan

January 4, 1927 - January 20, 2011   |   Passed On

After some twenty-five years as a pastoral minister at Our lady of Lourdes, Sister was recognized for her service by receiving the Pro Ecclesia Medal which is given by the Pope and the Church to persons who have used their time and talents in an exemplary way.

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Sister M. Gabriel Wolf

February 4, 1908 - December 18, 2010   |   Passed On

Sister was always eager to take part in civic and community activities. One of our best pictures is one where she is riding on a float honoring Humility Sisters in Catholic education in a Great Falls parade. Another picture finds her up in a tree picking fruit.

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Sister Teresa Gomez

September 5, 1915 - October 27, 2010   |   Passed On

`When I think of Marycrest, I fondly recall my first teacher, Sister Mary Agnes Clare. She was my kindergarten teacher from Marycrest in 1943 and my college instructor in elementary education classes from 1956-1960. Her gentle perfection served as an example to me as a child and as a young woman. I appreciate even more today her dedication, her beauty, and her humility.

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Sister Rita Shepard

September 6, 1919 - April 1, 2010   |   Passed On

Her tinyness of stature belied a large heart and generous spirit. Considering her service to parishes, catechism classes and vacation schools, she must have prepared hundreds of children to receive their first Holy Communion

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Sister Eleanor Neuroth

November 24, 1919 - March 7, 2010   |   Passed On

.Undoubtedly, many Ottumwa area children got their start in life with the loving care of Sister Francis De Sales. Sister herself said that she had a special place in her heart for `preemies,

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Sister Marcia Kearney

August 18, 1923 - March 1, 2010   |   Passed On

Sister Marcia embraced each new ministry and life experience with enthusiasm, cheerfulness, and a sense of purpose

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Sister Annette Gallagher

November 10, 1924 - January 24, 2010   |   Passed On

`I have never doubted my vocation and thank God for leading me to the Congregation of the Humility of Mary

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Sister Edith Giacomuzzi

February 22, 1927 - October 31, 2009   |   Passed On

I would like to paraphrase a verse which Sister Edith wrote for those 8th grade students on the occasion of their reunion: `I lift these hands dear God, to you in praise and thank you for all you did-you lit the path through all my days and blessed me with your loving ways.`

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Sister Anita Rose Grimes

July 7, 1915 - August 20, 2009   |   Passed On

You always knew where you stood with Sister Anita Rose; she told it like it was. It seemed the older she got, the freer she became.

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Sister Thomasine Muller

May 4, 1920 - August 19, 2009   |   Passed On

Through her trust in god, commitment to justice and love, patience and courage in the face of each day, and joy in the midst of constantly changing demands, she gave witness that God’s in the world, calling all persons to loving unity.` (Search and Service, 14

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Sister Pauline Tursi

March 30, 1940 - January 11, 2009   |   Passed On

She was active in the sale of Ottumwa Heights, St. Joseph Hospital, Marycrest College, and the building of a wing for our sisters at Bishop Drumm. Throughout it all, she remained professional, pleasant, cheerful and quite often humorous. Sister Pauline Tursi listened to the spirit and acted in a way she felt was in the best interest of the community.

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Sister Mary Simone Wilmes

May 27, 1916 - November 4, 2008   |   Passed On

I love life; I love people; I love a good joke; thank God, I have a sense of humor. I was a good teacher; I was a hard worker; I had good organizational ability; I had success in what I strived for, but I want it to be known that I claim no part in the success of the above except that God chose me as the weak instrument he worked in and through. I can truthfully say with St. Paul, power is at its best in weakness.

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Sister Adrienne Marie Savage

December 26, 1912 - August 31, 2008   |   Passed On

It seems that her students, co-workers, and CHM sisters all recognized her leadership ability and often quietly referred to her as `Sarge.` She remained faithful to her core values until the end.

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Sister Madeleine Marie Schmidt

July 9, 1916 - August 27, 2008   |   Passed On

Maddie was a woman of many talents; in addition to all that I have mentioned, she found time to champion the cause of women by serving as a member of the Iowa Commission on the Status of Women from 1969-1978. We would be hard-pressed to find anyone who kept up with world, national, state, and local politics and events as well as Maddie did.

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Sister Miriam Therese Foley

September 23, 1914 - April 26, 2008   |   Passed On

Sister definitely embodied the Humility Charism as a person with diverse gifts, a gracious personality, and a quiet energy as she shared the fullness of life with all she met, especially the poor and those in need (Search and Service).

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