Sister Ana Maria Orozco

October 26, 1926 - September 5, 2014   |   Passed On

… a delicate thoughtfulness, selflessness toward others, sensibility of mind and generosity of heart—all of these are precious virtues we all admire in another. But when these qualities are coupled with a gay buoyant spirit of fun, the result is a uniqueness which is difficult to emulate.”

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Sister Michelle Schiffgens

June 27, 1930 - March 3, 2015   |   Passed On

Sister Michelle received numerous awards for her far-sighted work in education. In 1989 she was named Iowa’s Most Outstanding Educator of the Year by the Learning Disabilities Association of Iowa. One of the most prized awards was the Henderson Medal, the highest award given by the Marycrest alumni.

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Sister Patrice Steffes

August 19, 1942 - March 11, 2015   |   Passed On

In her “block” on the bicentennial quilt at the foot of the steps to the dining room, Patrice shows a figure at an easel, a cat at her foot, surrounded by the things she named as important to her: community, friends, family, teacher, children, animals, art, gifts from God, angels and bike riding.

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Sister Marilyn Brinker

May 19, 1943 - April 4, 2015   |   Passed On

It involved following one’s intuition, feelings, and inner spirit...It meant trusting one’s openness in ministry while celebrating life experiences...It demanded discerning decisions, managing difficult choices, taking risks for the good of the whole, while being guided by the presence of the Holy Spirit.

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Sister Marcia Marie Costello

October 19, 1931 - June 3, 2015   |   Passed On

She said that she knew from age 10 that she was going to be a sister but she had three things on her “bucket list” before entering: to complete a degree, to date a nice Catholic young man and have a good time, and to ride to the convent in a Cadillac. In 1953, with a degree from Marycrest College, and having dated a Catholic man for more than two years, her father bought a “baby-blue” Cadillac in which she rode to the Humility of Mary motherhouse in Ottumwa on September 8.

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Sister Mary Anne Leto

February 16, 1928 - July 1, 2015   |   Passed On

Sister Mary Anne brought a warm, kindly demeanor to those she served, be it students, elderly residents or her CHM sisters. We remember her smile and will miss it

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Sister Joanne Mauro

February 5, 1940 - August 28, 2015   |   Passed On

Sister Joanne’s commitment to her family was definitely a ministry. She not only taught and counseled nieces and nephews but also grandnieces and nephews and cousins near and distant....She was definitely a woman of prayer.

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Sister Carolyn Mullin

August 18, 1920 - August 28, 2015   |   Passed On

She was a person who enjoyed life and accepted adversity with humor and common sense. She could quickly analyze an issue, accept what was relevant and not worry herself with what wasn’t. Her matter of fact way was both reassuring and often very humorous

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Sister Modesta Neubauer

May 30, 1925 - October 4, 2015   |   Passed On

We saw that very early that Sr. Modesta was interested in caring for others. This thread would run through all of her ministries, from caring for small children through assisting her CHM sisters who needed nursing care.

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Sister Marie Ven Horst

February 8, 1916 - October 17, 2015   |   Passed On

She began the 8:00 a.m. class with a science experiment with flames or a loud noise just to make sure all were awake. Then she would declare, “Isn’t science wonderful!...she endeared herself to hundreds of science students and, later, to weekend graduate students with her excellent teaching, sound advice, and sense of humor.

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Sister Mary Rocca

September 26, 1935 - October 27, 2015   |   Passed On

Mary was a woman of many gifts that were shared with many people. She was a teacher in the elementary grades, nurse, English language teacher to people from other countries, playful clown for children and adults, sister to eight siblings, and “sister” to her CHM sisters and associates

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Sister Carolyn Walters

June 21, 1919 - November 10, 2015   |   Passed On

Sister Carolyn has left lasting records of her caring heart. In the late 1960s she established what may have been the first, or at least a very early, hotline for calls from persons in distress or, simply, from lonely individuals.

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Sister Ursula Keough

October 4, 1922 - February 28, 2016   |   Passed On

Right after Vatican II we were teaching the children the newer ideas of theology and the more open way of operating in the Church. When they tried to explain it to their parents, it wasn’t making sense. It seemed like it was creating a division rather than having parents and children on the same track. So I began to feel it was important that we work more with the adults and then, in turn, help them work with their children.

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Sister Darlene Schwarte

September 15, 1937 - March 17, 2016   |   Passed On

At the time of her 50th jubilee as a Sister of Humility in 2006, she reported she had spent 26 years as a teacher’s aide and 26 years as a cook...In addition to her baking skills, Sister Darlene was a fine seamstress and produced needle-work pieces and other crafts for the holiday sales that were annual events at the Center for years.

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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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