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Remembrance of the Life of Jeannine Swift CoL

By Loretto Community / December 13, 2015 /
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Jeannine Swift, who has been a Loretto member for 62 continuous years, began life as Jeanne Carolyn, the daughter of William Harold and Loretta Knischel Swift. They and their seven children…

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Remembrance of the Life of Fred Harris CoL

By Loretto Community / December 12, 2015 /
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Fred Harris was born in Flint, Mich. He was raised as an only child by devout Catholic parents who sent him to Catholic high school and college. Fred spent three…

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Remembrance of the Life of Barbara Ann Shultz SL

By Loretto Community / December 7, 2015 /
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  Sister Barbara Ann Shultz began life as Sara Barbara, the youngest of four children of Cleveland and Helen Colmer Shultz. She grew to adulthood in central Illinois, in Olney, the…

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Remembrance of the Life of Mary Louise Pope Clute CoL

By Loretto Community / November 24, 2015 /
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Mary Pope Clute was born in Harlan, Ky. Her father, Charles Pope, met Louise Arrowood, a nurse from Mars Hill, N.C., while he was recovering in Harlan Hospital from an…

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Remembrance of the Life of Margaret Rose Knoll SL

By Loretto Community / October 6, 2015 /
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Sister Margaret Rose was born in Minonk, Ill., one hundred and one years ago. This remembrance is drawn from an oral interview she did some years ago. About her parents…

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Remembrance of the Life of Sandy Ardoyno SL

By Loretto Community / October 5, 2015 /
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Sandy Ardoyno lived fully and with much enthusiasm all the days of her life! Sandy followed her twin sister, Susie, into the world, making her the third of the four…

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Remembrance of the Life of Mary Judith Brown SL

By Loretto Community / August 4, 2015 /
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Frances Marie Brown, the eldest of four, was born Oct. 30, 1922 in Elwood, Ind. Her siblings were Howard, Herb, and Sue. Her father, Harold E. Brown, originally of Muncie,…

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Remembrance of the Life of Marie Joann Rekart SL

By Loretto Community / July 4, 2015 /
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Marie Joann asked that her own accounts of her life be used in the remembrance after her death. Accordingly, we begin where she began her autobiography: “The population of Brentwood,…

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The Formation of a Class of Co-Members

By Loretto Community / June 10, 2015 /

By the Study Group CIP Class of 2015 Sometime late in the year 2012, at the suggestion of Mary Ken Lewis, a small group of vowed members from Loretto Motherhouse…

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Remembrance of the Life of Michelle Tooley CoL

By Loretto Community / May 26, 2015 /
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Michelle Tooley was born in Lufkin, Texas, the oldest of four children. In her application for Loretto co-membership, Michelle wrote about her growing up as “a daughter of the South.…

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Remembrance of the Life of Martha Belke SL

By Loretto Community / April 12, 2015 /
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Martha Jane Belke was born into a hard working German Catholic family in Louisville’s upper west end. She was the sixth of seven girls born to Mary Catherine Huff Belke…

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Remembrance of the Life of Harriet (Tip) Barker Altmix CoL

By Loretto Community / March 15, 2015 /
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After 94 years of enjoying life, Harriet (Tip) Barker Altmix CoL died on March 15, 2015. Tip was born in Denver, Colo., to Charles and Harriet Barker in 1921 and…

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