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Remembrance of the Life of Margaret Drury CoL

By Loretto Community / February 26, 2015 /

Sept. 28, 1929—Feb. 18, 2015 Margaret Cotillion Powell was born at home in Loretto, Ky. Margaret’s father Robert Powell was killed at the railroad tracks in Loretto before she was…

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Remembrance of the Life of Carol Durphy SL

By Loretto Community / February 26, 2015 /

March 12, 1922—Feb. 19, 2015 Carol Mae Dunphy was born in Eastlake, Colo., the first of four children of Arthur John and Edith Louise Molholm Dunphy, both Colorado natives. Her…

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Remembrance of the Life of Sister Charlotte Marie Schwartz SL

By Loretto Community / January 29, 2015 /

April 26, 1911 – Jan. 20, 2015 She was born in St. Louis in 1911 and baptized Mary Melinda, after her maternal grandmother. She began elementary school in 1917 at…

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Remembrance of the Life of Sister M. Barbara Croghan SL

By Loretto Community / January 27, 2015 /

Jan. 22, 1919 – Jan. 16, 2015 Sister Mary Barbara Croghan was born in Denver, the first of three children of John and Barbara Stroh Croghan. Baptized Dorothy Ellen, she…

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Remembrance of the Life of Don McCloskey CoL

By Loretto Community / January 26, 2015 /

Nov. 21, 1937 – Jan. 13, 2015 Don McCloskey approached his death like he had learned to approach each day of his life: open, present, feeling his feelings, communicating from the heart,…

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Remembrance of the Life of Jim Schumacher CoL

By Loretto Community / November 13, 2014 /

Co-member Jim Schumacher, husband of co-member Mary Roberts, died the morning of Nov. 2 after a long illness. Jim was born in St Louis, the fourth of five children of George J. and Louise Bender Schumacher. He and his wife, Mary Ann Roberts, the former Loretto Sister Marian Jeanne, became Co-members in 2004.

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Remembrance of the Life of Sister Frances Zoghby SL

By Loretto Community / November 5, 2014 /

Frances Gertrude Zoghby was the eldest of nine children of George Kaleel and Emma Kahalley Zoghby. Her father was born in Beirut, which was Syria at the time, now Lebanon. Her mother was a native of Mobile, Ala., and the Zoghbys raised their family there in Immaculate Conception Cathedral Parish. Of Frances’ siblings in this close knit family, three are living, as well as three of their spouses. Miriam, Cecilia and Raymond have been Frances’ faithful companions especially in her final years.

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Remembrance of the Life of Sister M. Eloise Jarvis SL

By Loretto Community / October 31, 2014 /

Mary Eloise Jarvis was the elder of two daughters born to Henry Noel Jarvis and Mary Wheatley Jarvis of Harrisburg, Ill. Henry, like his brothers, was a veterinarian surgeon; Mary was a music teacher and a gifted musician who passed on her gifts to both Eloise and her younger sister Eleanor. Eloise’s musical education began as soon as she could reach the piano keyboard and continued under her mother’s careful teaching for 12 years.

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Mary Ann Lovett Returns to Loretto as a Co-member

By Loretto Community / October 17, 2014 /

By Mary Catherine Rabbitt No one has taken the task of becoming a Loretto Co-member more seriously or intently than Mary Ann Lovett! Mary Ann DeBaggio Lovett first met the…

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Remembrance of the Life of Sister Helen Ann Reynolds SL

By Loretto Community / September 17, 2014 /

Sister Helen Ann was born May 17, 1918, in Rockford, Ill. She was one of four daughters and two sons of Marie Ellen (Hennessey) and Thomas J. Reynolds. She entered the Sisters of Loretto from St. Peter Parish, Rockford, in 1936. Sister Helen Ann received the habit and her religious name on April 25, 1937, pronounced her first vows on April 25, 1939 and made her final vows on Aug. 15, 1942.

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Remembrance of the life of Sister Margaret Ann Hummel SL

By Loretto Community / August 1, 2014 /

Margaret Ann Hummel was born in Louisville, Ky., on St. Patrick’s Day 1932, just a few minutes after her twin sister, Rose Marie. They were the fourth and fifth children of six born to Norbert Daniel Hummel Sr. and Margaret Maloney Hummel, both Louisville natives. Margaret wrote in her autobiography that her parents fostered in all six children solid family traditions and religious values.

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Remembrance of the life of Sister Margaret Fitzgerald SL

By Loretto Community / July 10, 2014 /

Sept. 25, 1913 – June 29, 2014 (Note: This remembrance draws heavily from the three autobiographies which Sister Margaret Fitzgerald contributed to her personnel file in the archive.) Margaret was…

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