Obituaries

Remembrance of the Life of Trish Dunn CoL


Nov. 17, 1942 – Sept. 14, 2017 Patricia “Trish” Corkill Brown Dunn died Sept. 14, 2017, surrounded by her loving family.  She was born Nov. 17, 1942, to Charles Fairbanks Brown and Mary Elizabeth Corkill Brown in Berkeley, Calif.  She was the oldest of seven brothers and sisters, including Kevin who died in 2007. Trish grew up in Baker, Calif., and attended Immaculate Heart High School and Mount St. Mary’s College in Los Angeles. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts from Marquette University in 1964 and married Joseph Smith Dunn on Dec. 18, 1965.  Trish lived in … Continue reading

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Remembrance of the Life of Sister Mary Joyce Reasoner SL


July 14, 1931—September 14, 2017 In Sister Mary Joyce Reasoner’s personnel file rests a unique record of her family: five registration forms completed by her father on May 5, 1942, for WWII ration books for each person in the family. Besides Joyce Carolyn, 10 years old that year, there were Elaine Doris, age 12, Nancy Ann, age 2, and Joyce’s parents, Loretta Caroline Ertmer Reasoner and Harlyn Joseph Reasoner. Joyce’s youngest brother, Thomas, wasn’t born until after the war. Joyce was born in Beloit, Wis., and went the first four years of elementary school to Brother Dutton School in Beloit. By 1942 her … Continue reading

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Remembrance of the Life of Joan Wislinsky CoL


Aug. 12, 1933 – Aug. 19, 2017 Joan Emily Wislinsky was born in Oshkosh, Wis., where she grew up and worked for all but 25 of her 84 years. She was the youngest of seven children of Edmund Riley Wislinsky and Marie Elizabeth Basing, themselves natives of small towns in central Wisconsin who had settled in Oshkosh. Joan attended parochial school at St. Josephat Parish, public high school and Wisconsin State College, Oshkosh, where she received a bachelor’s degree in social studies in 1956. Joan grew into adulthood as a member of a large Catholic family, enjoying frequent contact with … Continue reading

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Remembrance of the Life of Sister M. Cecily Jones SL


Feb. 28, 1924 — July 18, 2017 Sister Cecily Jones was born in East St. Louis, Ill., the only daughter of Harry Gilmore Jones of Belleville, Ill., and Alice Irene LaCroix of East St. Louis. Baptized Margaret Blanche, she was throughout her life called Peggy by her family and good friends. She was close to her two brothers and very proud of them in their adult years: Jack, two years older, who became an award-winning aviation writer for the Dayton Daily News, and whose wife and sons are with us this evening; and Bob, three years younger, whom she sometimes … Continue reading

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Remembrance of the Life of Sister Penny (formerly Sister John Elizabeth) McMullen SL


Jan. 26, 1942 — May 8, 2017 In Penny McMullen’s personnel records is a small announcement card: “Presenting the real life drama A BUNDLE FROM HEAVEN, featuring the new baby star, Sylvia Penelope … a twentieth century production sponsored by Mr. and Mrs. B.V. McMullen.” Born in Minneapolis and called Penny, she was the first of the five children of Beirne Vincent McMullen of Spokane, Wash., and Sylvia Pauline Brisbin of Chaska, Minn. Constant change was a hallmark of little Penny’s life. Her father’s work took him to Iowa and Illinois as well as Minnesota, so the McMullens moved several … Continue reading

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Remembrance of the Life of Helen McAvoy Reid CoL


Nov. 1, 1932— April 10 2017 The following remembrance was prepared by Helen’s children: Helen Reid lived in grace and joy from her first to her last breath. She was a beloved mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, mother-in-law, sister-in-law, friend and Loretto Co-member, whose love never wavered. Widowed at a young age, with five children to comfort and raise, she met every day head-on, provided it didn’t start too early, of course! And while her health took a turn with the onslaught of COPD, nothing slowed her down and never took away the deep love of fun she had or the … Continue reading

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Remembrance of the Life of Jane Willett Harris CoL (formerly Sister Jane Therese Willett SL)


May 30, 1922 – March 11, 2017 Mary Theresa Willett Harris was born and raised in Howardstown, Ky., by Catholic parents, Lawrence Edward Willett and Genevieve (Jennie) Boone Willett. Baptized on the same day as her birth, Theresa was one of a family that ultimately included four sisters and two brothers. She said of her growing up, “Our home had much love in it.” Theresa attended elementary school at her parish, St. Ann’s, and completed one year at St. Charles High School after which she lived and worked in Louisville until she was 18 years old. She was related to … Continue reading

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Remembrance of the Life of Sister Barbara Anderson SL


Jan. 23, 1930 – March 8, 2017 Barbara Anderson was born in Springfield, Mass., the only daughter of Karl Eric Walter Anderson and Edna Victoria Clow Anderson. Her only brother, Carl, was six years older than she. Barbara attended public schools in Springfield, graduating from the Technical High School in 1947 and from the American International College in Springfield with a bachelor’s degree in sociology in 1951. She completed a master’s at Hartford Seminary and began a career as a director of Christian education in the Protestant tradition. In 1968, Barbara entered the Catholic Church, and three months later she … Continue reading

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Remembrance of the Life of Sister Patricia Anne (formerly Sister Mary Richelle) Cullen


March 17, 1935 – March 2, 2017 Sister Pat Cullen left us several autobiographical sketches, which provide the substance of this remembrance. Pat begins her life story thus: “When the spring cleaning of Heaven took place one year in the reign of FDR, an 8-pound Piscean was sent as a St. Patrick’s Day gift to a couple at Mercy Hospital in the heart of the Mile High City. Two weeks later, St. Philomena’s Catholic Church accepted the baby girl as a member.” Named Patricia Anne, the eldest child of Richard James Cullen Sr. and Elsie Faye Beeler Cullen, Pat tells … Continue reading

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Remembrance of the Life of Sister Marian (formerly Sister John Carroll) Andrews SL


Aug. 12, 1924 – Feb. 13, 2017 The following is Sister Marian Andrews’ autobiography, which she submitted to the Archives in 1987: “I was born in Pueblo, Colo., in 1924, the first daughter of John Jacob and Helen Marie Andrews who, in subsequent years, had two other daughters, Betty and Carol. When I was in the 6th grade, Betty died of a heart condition. She had never been a healthy child but, until shortly before her death, we did not know the seriousness of her heart problem. “I attended Catholic schools through the 12th grade. St. Patrick’s Grade School was … Continue reading

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