Obituaries

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 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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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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