Kevin Bissell

November 26, 1926 - March 31, 2017   |   Passed On

Sr. Kevin said that at some time she taught every subject except commercial courses, music and modern languages. She did community development work among Eskimo communities in the Diocese of Fairbanks, Alaska, and her organizing skills were applied to the design and implementation of large scale international research projects. Sr. Kevin had a wonderful sense of humor, often resulting in laughter from a table in the dining room. She was a voracious reader and watchdog of TV news. On occasion she shared her knowledge of political history with the congregation and through letters to the editor.

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Ann Therese Collins

April 6, 1920 - February 26, 2017   |   Passed On

But perhaps even more a mirror of her life are these words from Mary Nolan, OP. "There is an appointed time for everything, and a time for every affair under the sun. The early ages of life are filled with wonder and discovery. The later age of life is the time of integration. It is a time to bring together the totality of life’s experiences into a dazzling unity of joy and pain, failure and success, gain and loss, giving and receiving, achievement and struggle. All comes together in gratitude, gratitude for the whole adventure of one’s life.

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Mary Janice McCann

April 23, 1926 - February 24, 2017   |   Passed On

Mother Teresa said, “Give your hands to serve and your heart to love.” As we look back on the life of Sister Jan, I think we can say with confidence that she did both very well. And so, we thank God for her even as we mourn her passing, pray for her and commend her soul to God.

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Sister Mary Ellen Freeman

August 16, 1943 - December 24, 2016   |   Passed On

We can easily find her quilt square in the large quilt at the bottom of the stairs. Look for the yellow square, with a “smiley face” in the second row from the bottom. Around it are blocks representing important aspects of her life: CHM community, family, prayer, service, and fun. Mary Ellen said she loved to laugh and thought she could make others laugh too.

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Sister Elizabeth Thoman

June 18, 1943 - December 22, 2016   |   Passed On

Sister Elizabeth’s life was remarkable because her horizons kept expanding, both personally and professionally, calling forth a plenitude of gifts.

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Sister Maxine Connaway

October 3, 1929 - March 5, 2015   |   Passed On

What comes out is the wonderful life of service of a very committed woman. Her Irish wit was used well throughout her life..

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Sister Miriam Clare Miller

May 19, 1918 - December 10, 2011   |   Passed On

We welcome all of you who have come to pay your respects to Sister Miriam Clare Miller and her family. You are relatives, friends, and CHM sisters and associates. This is a night of praying,...

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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 Mary Lou Durbala

March 10, 1929 - February 18, 2012   |   Passed On

We can see that Sister Mary Lou through her many years of teaching fanned the Humility flame in many diverse places.

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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 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 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 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 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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