Category Archives: Obituaries


Remembrance of the Life of Sister Virginia Ann Driscoll SL

Sept. 10, 1919 — Dec. 29, 2017 Virginia Ann Driscoll arrived at Loretto in October 1940, and with several Webster classmates was received on April 25, 1941. She made her first vows on the same date in 1943 and her final vows on August 15, 1946. Virginia Ann retained her baptismal name as her religious name but was often referred to as “VA” to distinguish her from another Sister Virginia Ann Driscoll, who had been Sister Cosmos and served in El Paso at Nazareth Hall Retirement Center. VA wrote several whimsical sketches for her personnel record, including the following: “My … Continue reading

Remembrance of the Life of Sister Carol (formerly Sister Mary Gerard SSM) Kaiman SL

Nov. 9, 1934 — Dec. 23, 2017 Carol Mary Lucienne Kaiman submitted an autobiography to the Loretto Heritage Center on June 10, 2014, with a note: “Read at my wake or funeral.” At the same time and in the years since, Carol gave us additional biographical information, much of which we have incorporated into this account of Carol’s life. Carol began her account: “I was born in Mt. Olive, Ill., and raised in Webster Groves, Mo.” Carol’s birth parents were Robert Braun and Lucienne Deschodt. Very early in Carol’s life, her mother married Lambert Kaiman, who adopted Carol and confirmed … Continue reading

Remembrance of the Life of Sister Susan (formerly Sister William Mary) Howard SL

Aug. 28, 1928 — Nov. 18, 2017 Susan Catherine Howard was the youngest of seven children born to John Warner Howard and Mary Annette Madden Howard. Although born on the Howard farm near Springfield, Ky., Susan grew up in Lebanon, among her mother’s extended family. She was very close to her four sisters and two brothers, most of whom attended St. Augustine’s Grade School and High School, where they came to know the Sisters of Loretto very well. Susan was not only taught by Loretto Sisters for 12 years at “St. A’s”, but also her older sister, Elizabeth Ann, having … Continue reading

Remembrance of the Life of Sister Dorothy (formerly Sister Mary Stephanie) Scheopner SL

Sept. 27, 1935 — Oct. 16, 2017 Dorothy Ann Scheopner was the first of eight children born to Henry Joseph Scheopner of Windhorst, Texas, and Mary Ann Stroyek of St. Joseph, Mo. Although Dorothy and her sister Lee were born in Goodland, Kan., the family soon settled in Longmont, Colo., where Dorothy and Lee grew up with five brothers and their youngest sister. They attended St. John the Baptist School under the guidance of Benedictine priests and Franciscan Sisters. In 1957, the parish priest wrote in a reference for Dorothy, “The Henry Scheopner Family have been in this parish for … Continue reading

Remembrance of the Life of Sister Roseanne (formerly Sr. Rose Maura) Thornton SL

Sept. 12, 1939 — Oct. 7, 2017 Roseanne Thornton gave us her own account of the first half of her life, including her early years as a Sister of Loretto. She tells us, “I was born Sept. 12, 1939, in Denver, Colo. We lived in Blessed Sacrament Parish. I began school when Dad was in the Marines on Iwo Jima. We were staying with our Grandmother and she lived near old Saint Mary’s, so I started school there. Sister Robert Leona Edelen was my teacher, very kind and firm with me. She helped my mother a great deal during this … Continue reading

Remembrance of the Life of Sister Katherine (formerly Sr. M. Katrien, then Sr. Catherine Siena) Misbauer SL

Nov. 8, 1938 – Oct. 1, 2017 Katherine Ann Misbauer was the oldest of four children born to Joseph Albert Misbauer of St. Louis and Katheran Bellovich Misbauer of White City, Ill. Katherine was baptized at St. John Nepomuk Church on the near Southside of St. Louis. In time Kate was joined by three brothers —Joseph, John and Michael — and the family moved to the outskirts of Florissant, northwest of St. Louis, where Kate attended a one-room public school for the first five grades. Kate described her coming to know Loretto in an autobiographical note in 2010: “My parents … Continue reading

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

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

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

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