Obituaries

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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Remembrance of the Life of Lucy Donovan Walsh CoL


– Feb. 4, 2017 Lucy Donovan Walsh of Kirkwood, Mo., composed a thorough autobiography, at the time of her application for Co-membership in the Loretto Community in 1989: “One must start with being born of wonderful parents, Judge Jack A. Walsh and Lucy Ann Hogan Walsh. [I was] born the second child of what would be five, the first of two girls, all born within 6-and-a-half years. From the beginning of our lives, our parents fostered a family spirit that blessedly continues into the next generations of nieces and nephews. “With some sacrifice all five of us were sent to … Continue reading

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Remembrance of the Life of Sister M. Kristin McNamara SL


April 17, 1932 — Feb.1, 2017 Kristin McNamara composed her own obituary and submitted it to the Archives when she moved from Taos, N.M., to Loretto Motherhouse. It reads as follows: “On April 17, 1932, I was born to Marie and James McNamara. Both were wonderful parents who nurtured and loved me throughout their life. “On April 25, 1953, the Sisters of Loretto received me into the Community. I have always been glad I decided to enter into Loretto life as Loretto has been a source of great friendships and opportunities to work with such good people in many different … Continue reading

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Remembrance of the Life of Sister Carolyn Ann Wheat SL


Aug. 25, 1921 — Dec. 30, 2016 Sister Carolyn Ann, who was baptized Anna Sophia, was a daughter of Kentucky who spent almost her entire adult life in the western United States. Her mother, Georgia Regina Thompson, was a descendant of the pioneering Cambron family of the Kentucky “Holy Land.” Little Anna Sophie was named for her maternal grandmother, Sophie Regina Cambron. Anna Sophie’s father, Charles Nathaniel Wheat, was born in Glendale, Ky., and converted to Catholicism about the time her older sister, Mary Louise, was born. Anna Sophie was the second in a family of nine children, all born in in the … Continue reading

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Remembrance of the Life of Jenelyn Wessler CoL


May 14, 1924 — Dec. 2, 2016 Of Jen Wessler’s early years we have little information. We do know from her co-membership application, completed in 1980, that she was born in Oregon, named Jenelyn and attended St. Helens Hall High School in Portland. She went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in Allied Arts at the University of Oregon. She married Dan Wessler while both were undergraduates. They began law school together in Oregon, then changed course and enrolled at San Francisco Theological Seminary.  Eventually they went to the University of St. Andrew in Scotland, where Dan earned a doctorate in Christology. Jen … Continue reading

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