Sister Mary Martina (Jennie) Mataya

May 7, 1915 - October 28, 1997   |   Passed On

Sister was an excellent science teacher and often received recognition of such.

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Sister Mary Jerome (Theresa) Gordon

June 26, 1890 - September 28, 1987   |   Passed On

She taught upper grades and commercial subjects in high school, then in later years, was librarian. Sister Jerome had a remarkable sense of humor, loved people, disliked routine and enjoyed travel.

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Sister Kayleen Heffron

Currently Serving

She based her nursing ministry in Ottumwa at St. Joseph’s Hospital which later became Ottumwa Regional Health Center. Her RN skills were used as an emergency room supervisor and also in the skilled nursing facility.

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Sister Rae Elwood

Currently Serving

Sr. Rae served as the vice-president of the Congregation of the Humility of Mary. She then served in Davenport as dean of admissions at Marycrest College, academic advisor at Marycrest International University, supportive living coordinator at the Humility of Mary Center, volunteer coordinator at CASI and a counselor in her private practice – Elwood Support Services.

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Sister Pat Heidenry

Currently Serving

Sr. Pat received a BA in elementary education from Briar Cliff College and later a pastoral ministry certificate from Seattle University.

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Sister Marilyn Schierbrock

Currently Serving

​For many years Sr. Marilyn was a neighborhood advocacy coordinator for John Lewis Community Service in Davenport, Iowa.​

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Sister Luz María Orozco y Aragón

Currently Serving

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 Elaine Hagedorn

Currently Serving

The area in which she worked resembled a mini United Nations - with many different ethnic groups...this provided the opportunity to work for peace and justice on a practical annd an educational level.

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Sr. Micheline Curtis

Currently Serving

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 Catherine Burns

Currently Serving

​Sr. Catherine Burns was born in Williamsburg, Iowa. She entered the Congregation of the Humility of Mary in 1957 and made her first vows in 1960.

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Sister Mary Ann Aman

Currently Serving

​A native of Perry, Iowa, Sr. Mary Ann Aman entered the Congregation of the Humility of Mary in 1957. Her first vows were pronounced in 1960.

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Sister Gretchen McKean

October 25, 1932 - December 3, 2018   |   Passed On

While studying at Marquette University she was a teaching assistant and went on to become an instructor of biology at Marycrest College and Teikyo Marycrest/Marycrest International in Davenport. She was also the director of the spirituality center at Marycrest International University

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Sister Hilary Veith

Currently Serving

Sr. Hilary’s spent most of her life ministering in Ottumwa, Iowa, visiting and counseling shut-ins in nursing homes, the home-bound, persons in jail and writing letters to those in prison. She continues ministering through prayer and witness.

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Sister Donna Donovan

June 21, 1941 - September 12, 2018   |   Passed On

After the Salvation Army left Ottumwa in 2014, Sr. Donna and several volunteers organized a committee to continue the tradition of serving Thanksgiving dinner to the public. In their second year, they served 720 home deliveries and around 200 dine-in guests. Sr. Donna was quoted then, “We had lots and lots of people working behind the scenes...it’s a wonderful day of the legacy of truly thanks-giving.” Sr. Donna herself leaves a legacy as an outstanding teacher, community volunteer, and compassionate friend. I think she can be sure that her conviction that “a teacher’s job is to instill in young people the desire to learn” has borne fruit beyond measure.

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Sister Kathleen Tomlonovic

January 23, 1939 - March 2, 2019   |   Passed On

She earned a master's degree in Asian languages and literature from the University of Iowa and a doctoral degree from the University of Washington in Seattle. From 1983-85 she was a research fellowship awardee, studying at Beijing University and Sichuan University, China.

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