Obituaries

Remembrance of the Life of Sister Elaine (formerly Sister Mary Assumpta) Satterwhite SL


March 23, 1934 – June 3, 2018 Elaine Satterwhite wrote a brief autobiography at the time she rejoined Loretto; in it she described her life in her characteristic plain and simple style: “I was born in Denver, Colo., on March 23, 1934, attended Holy Family grade and high schools, attended the University of Colorado in Boulder for one year, and then entered the novitiate of the Sisters of Loretto in 1952. I received a bachelor of music education degree from Webster College in 1957 and then taught in the music department at Webster College from 1957 to 1970. I received … Continue reading

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Remembrance of the Life of Sister Lois (formerly Sister Mary Carol) Dunphy SL


Dec. 2, 1923 – May 25, 2018 Lois Celeste Dunphy was the second child born to Coloradans Arthur John Dunphy and Edith Louise Malholm Dunphy. Carol was one year older; Phyllis and Lynn were younger. Lois tells us in her autobiography, “I was born at home on a farm in Eastlake, Colo. A large Target Store occupies the place now. We moved to the farm in Broomfield after my Grandfather Pete Molholm died as a result of being hit by one of the few automobiles — 1925, [when I was 2 years old.] “I have great memories of early years … Continue reading

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Remembrance of the Life of William F. Roat CoL


Nov. 24, 1924 – May 9, 2018 Loretto Co-member Bill Roat met Michele Stimac in 1974 in Boston.  He was a systems engineer, a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and she, the former Sister Mary Michael, was teaching and counseling at Boston University and then Babson College. As the couple wrote years later, “Bill quickly became enamored with Michele’s background in Loretto.  He appreciated the Loretto spirit and commitment to peace and justice.  Bill’s immersion in science at MIT and his years in the military during World War II only convinced him that there was a life of the … Continue reading

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Remembrance of the Life of Sister Elizabeth Ann (EA) Compton SL


Aug. 28, 1929 — May 5, 2018 The following is an autobiography of Sister Elizabeth Ann, dated July 14, 1998: “I cannot believe that I am finally going to write my autobiography. Kate Misbauer, our new archivist, is urging all of us to do so. I will comply since next year I will be 50 years in the Community and 70 years old. How many more will be left? Mary Swain told me that as of now there are more people in the Community over the age of 100 than there are under the age of 50. I have had … Continue reading

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Remembrance of the Life of Sister Angelus Caron SL


June 27, 1916 — April 3, 2018 Sister Angelus began life as Blanche Louise Caron, the second of the six children of Frank Patrick and Nettie Margaret Roelfs Caron. Three of her siblings also made religious commitments. Her older sister Aldea became Loretto Sister Margaret Francis, resuming her baptismal name, Aldea, in later years. Blanche followed Aldea to Loretto, despite the efforts of her next younger sister, Ruth, to keep her home. The fourth of the Caron sisters, Eleanor, joined the Little Sisters of the Poor as Sister Winifred. And the youngest, Clarabell, contributed a great deal as a nurse … Continue reading

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Remembrance of the Life of Mary Agnes Richter SL


Jan. 1, 1925 — Feb. 10, 2018 Sister Mary Agnes began life on the first day of 1925, born in her mother’s hometown of East Las Vegas, N.M. She was the only child of an older couple residing in Bernalillo, N.M., where her father, Ludwig Richter, worked as a butcher. She was named Emma Marian Richter after her father’s mother. He was at the time 45 years old, a non-Catholic born in Hamburg, Germany, who had immigrated to the United States in 1900 at the age of 17. Emma’s mother, Petra Spiegman, was 32, from a hard-working Hispanic family in … Continue reading

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Remembrance of the Life of Mary Lou (formerly Sister Ann Kathleen Prendergast SL) Steele CoL


Sept. 18, 1924 – Feb. 8, 2018 Mary Louise Prendergast was born in Fort Collins, Colo., of Catholic parents. Her father, John Prendergast, was a native of Ft. Collins and her mother, Mary Krogh Prendergast, came from Cheyenne, Wyo. She called herself Mary Lu; her family and others called her Mary Lou. She wrote in her autobiography many years later: “My early life was just a bowl of cherries. We had a cherry farm (4,000 trees) in Colorado, and that saw me through my early years nicely. I was the youngest of four girls, surrounded by love and security. … … Continue reading

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Remembrance of the Life of Ethel Mae (Kincaide) Siegwald CoL


March 30, 1924 — Feb. 8, 2018 Ethel Mae Kincaide was born in Detroit, the seventh of eight children of two Michigan natives, George Geno and Mary Anna (Mason) Kincaide, known as Mae. Ethel was a twin, just minutes younger than Evelyn. When the twins were about 4 years old, an accidental fire took Evelyn’s life. It was a loss that Ethel carried all her life. Two years later, Ethel’s youngest sister was born, Delores Evelyn Kincaide, who later became a Sister of Loretto. At the age of 18 Ethel married John Morral Siegwald, a former naval officer. The couple … Continue reading

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Remembrance of the Life of Elizabeth Annette (Betty) Connor CoL (formerly Sister M. Annunciata SL)


July 13, 1934 — Jan. 7, 2018 Elizabeth Annette Connor was born in Iowa City, Iowa, the middle child among six siblings: Dick, Kathleen, who died at age 4, and Jim; then younger siblings Dan, Bob and Pauline. Their father, Richard James Connor of Alta, Iowa, was a hospital administrator, and their mother, Pauline Elizabeth (Teefey) Connor of Iowa City, was a nurse. The family moved to Columbia, Mo., for most of Betty’s grade school years, and then to Denver, where Betty attended Cathedral High School and one year at Loretto Heights College. In the summer of 1953, Betty wrote to Mother … Continue reading

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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

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