Sister Luz María Orozco y Aragón

November 3, 1933 - September 13, 2021   |   Passed On

She has been a visiting professor in the English Department at several colleges and universities including Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. Sr. Luz María received the Teaching Excellence Award from the Independent Higher Education Foundation. She served as a translator, proofreader, editor, writer for several organizations and volunteered as a substitute teacher in Spanish at Assumption High School in Davenport, Iowa

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Sister Mary Ann Aman

July 30, 1939 - September 7, 2021   |   Passed On

Sr. Mary Ann’s ministry of education spanned six decades, beginning in 1959 at St. Patrick’s School in Ottumwa, IA, and ending as St. Joseph Parish Religious Education Director in State Center, IA, in 2011.

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Sister Barbara Kopel

February 1, 1939 - August 9, 2021   |   Passed On

Sr. Barbara taught for 23 years in Catholic schools in Ottumwa, Davenport and West Des Moines, IA and Denver, CO. Then she worked for nine years at West Pines Psychiatric Hospital, Wheatridge, CO in varying roles such as teacher, counselor and case manager.

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Sr. Micheline Curtis

December 10, 1937 - July 10, 2021   |   Passed On

Going to church while growing up was such a regular occurrence for Sister Micheline that the event found its way into her playtime with friends. "We used to play church a lot," she said. "They tell me I always insisted I be the priest."

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Sister Ramona Kaalberg

February 16, 1938 - July 3, 2021   |   Passed On

She was an Associate Professor at Marycrest College, Davenport, from 1972 to 1984. From 1984-1988, she served as CHM president. The Marycrest Alumni Association gave Sister Ramona their College Alumnae Association Service Award in 1981. At the 50th graduation exercises in 1989, Marycrest College bestowed the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters, citing her outstanding leadership roles in higher education.

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Sister Kathleen Hanley

July 21, 1942 - March 26, 2021   |   Passed On

Sr. Hanley was in music ministry in Montana. She enjoyed singing in the Billings Symphony Chorale and especially enjoyed volunteering as a "cuddler" in the neo natal intensive care unit at St. Vincent Healthcare. Sister Kathleen was dedicated to the ministry of prayer & witness.

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Sister Karen Macksey

April 12, 1926 - October 7, 2020   |   Passed On

​After profession Sr. Karen taught at St. Vincent in Davenport and St. Austin in Minneapolis for a year each before going to St. Mary’s in Ottumwa for four years. While at St. Vincent’s, a 2-way radio system was arranged for a student who had to miss school because of rheumatic fever. The system was so sensitive that he could hear pages being turned in the classroom.

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Sister Lucille Feehan

February 7, 1937 - August 4, 2020   |   Passed On

Sister is remembered fondly for her love of sewing, her generosity, and her Irish humor; admittedly, her laughter got her into trouble from time to time. Reflecting on the ups and downs of religious life, Sister Lucille declared that “it takes both the thorn and the blossom to make a beautiful rose.”

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Sister Marie Vittetoe

May 19, 1927 - July 31, 2020   |   Passed On

She was volunteer clinical laboratory consultant to Hospital Sacre Coeur Laboratory in Milot, Haiti, training technicians and facilitating a new clinical laboratory with automated instruments. She also served as a volunteer consultant and teacher for other labs in Haiti, and as curriculum consultant for the MT Educational Project at the National Public Health Laboratory of Haiti.

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Sister Maribeth Takes

May 28, 1927 - May 11, 2020   |   Passed On

Sister Maribeth is remembered as doing everything she undertook to perfection. One person commented that she never heard her complain. She was an excellent reading teacher and loved her students.

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Sister Marianne Nehus

December 23, 1952 - May 10, 2020   |   Passed On

Sister was involved for many years with the Animal Aid Humane Society, eventually becoming the executive director of the AAHS shelter in Moline, IL. She was honored by Governor Vilsack for her service on the Disabilities Policy Council in 2006.

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Sister Carla Takes

July 16, 1925 - December 21, 2019   |   Passed On

Lucille Catherine Takes was born in Cascade, Iowa, in 1925. She entered the Congregation of the Humility of Mary in 1954 and made her final profession in 1960 receiving the religious name Mary Carla. Her life as a Sister of Humility was one focused on a ministry in education. Starting in 1960 Sister Carla was director of student services at Ottumwa Heights College for ten years and then the registrar for another ten. She was the registrar at Assumption High School from 1979 to 1995. From 1998 to 2002 she worked in the library at Marycrest International University until her retirement. During retirement Sr. Carla dedicated many hours and years to volunteering at the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center.

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Sister Cecelia Vandeberg

June 26, 1918 - October 26, 2019   |   Passed On

Sr. Cecelia received a BA in music from Siena Heights College in Adrian, Michigan. Her ministry of teaching music and academics found her at schools in Montana including St. Mary (1941-59), St. Peter & Paul (1969-73), and Our Lady of Lourdes (1973-88) in Great Falls and St. Leo (1966-68) in Lewistown. She also taught music at St. Pius X in Rock Island, Illinois. From 1988 - 2012 Sr. Cecelia worked in hospital ministry in Great Falls, Montana.

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Sister Donna Schmitt

November 11, 1929 - October 25, 2019   |   Passed On

I see my ministry of prayer as one small quilt piece of its own color and design. It is combined with many quilt pieces made by thousands of people, adding to the beauty of this quilt presented to our God in praise, gratitude, asking forgiveness, requesting mercy and our concerns. This is a most vivid picture in my mind.

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Sister JoAnne Talarico

August 25, 1936 - May 10, 2019   |   Passed On

Sr. JoAnne volunteered at the Homeless Veterans Stand Down each year. She was a passionate advocate for juvenile justice and received the Justice Reform Consortium Justice Award. She spent years visiting a woman at the Iowa Correctional Institution for Women in Mitchellville.

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