Obituaries

Remembrance of the Life of Sister Anne Michelle LaMarre SL


Nov.  24, 1928 —Nov. 28, 2016 Sister Anne Michelle LaMarre was born into a devout Catholic family in Kankakee, Ill. As Monica Margaret LaMarre, she grew up with two brothers and four sisters, all of whom attended Loretto-taught St. Patrick’s grade and high schools in Kankakee. Their father, Eugene Jerome La Marre, and their mother, Mary Louise Legris, were both natives of Bourbonnais, Ill., an early settlement of French Canadians north of Kankakee. We are blessed to have Monica’s story in her own words: “We children all received our greatest heritage, the Catholic faith, in our home and in the parochial schools we attended. Nearing … Continue reading

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Remembrance of the Life of Sister Jane (Sister John Dennis) Clark, SL


Sept. 7, 1926 — Nov. 17, 2016 Jane Clark was born in Lebanon, Ky.,  a descendant of two of Kentucky’s earliest Catholic families.  Her father was John Dennis Clark of Lebanon and her mother Lucy Thomas of Calvary.  Jane loved to repeat her father’s laughing claim that he had been born in jail.  He was the son of the Lebanon city jailor; his mother was the cook for the jail; and the couple lived on the grounds.  Hence, Jane’s father was born in jail. Jane had two older brothers, J.D. Junior who became a CPA, and Thomas, who was ordained for the … Continue reading

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Remembrance of the Life of Alma Schuler CoL


July 7, 1920 – Nov. 13, 2016 Alma Marcella Schuler was a quiet, gentle woman often introduced in Loretto circles as “the younger sister of the Schuler twins.” Alma, known in the family as Peggy, was the third child of Leo Joseph Dominic Schuler and Elizabeth Lillian Olges of Louisville, Ky. Peggy was unusually close to her twin sisters, although they were nearly two years older than she. All three were classmates and constant companions from the time Alma reached the second grade. They made their First Communion together at St. Rita Elementary School in Okolona, on the outskirts of … Continue reading

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Remembrance of the Life of Barbara Agnew CPPS, CoL


April 10, 1925 — Oct. 8, 2016 Sister Barbara Agnew was born in Dayton, Ohio, the older of two children of Walter Ignatius and Marie Katherine Weiser Agnew. She grew up in Cincinnati and attended Regina High School where the Sisters of the Precious Blood had a great influence on her. She formally entered the Sisters of the Precious Blood on Feb. 2, 1949, at the age of 23 and was given the name of Sister Mary Madeleva; she later returned to using her baptismal name. In her application for Loretto Co-membership, Barbara provided the following brief autobiography: “Entering the … Continue reading

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Remembrance of the Life of Sister Lois Zeis SL


Dec. 30, 1924 — Sept. 27, 2016 Sister Lois Zeis was born in St. Louis at the very end of 1924; early in the new year she was baptized Irene Ann. Her parents, Frank and Mary Brune Zeis, were natives of small towns near St. Louis. They made their home on the north side of St Louis, where they worked and raised Irene, her sisters, Rita and Mildred, and brother, Lawrence. The children attended grade school in St. Philip Neri Parish with the Sisters of St. Joseph. The girls attended St. Alphonsus Rock High School with the School Sisters of … Continue reading

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Remembrance of the Life of Sister Severin Duehren, OSF, CoL


Sept. 18, 1935 — Aug. 31, 2016 Franciscan Sister Severin Duehren was drawn into Loretto Co-membership in 1985 by her eighteen-year friendship with Loretto Sister Rose Annette Liddell, with whom she had roomed for a year of study at Ohio State University in 1967-68. Born in St. Joseph, Missouri, in 1935, she was baptized Shirley Ann, the third of the six children of William and Mary Alice Duehren. Although raised in Concordia, Kansas, Shirley left home for Winona, Minnesota, where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Medical Technology from the College of St. Teresa. Soon after she joined the Rochester … Continue reading

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Remembrance of the Life of Rosalia Duran-Guevara (formerly Sister Maria Duran SL) CoL


April 16, 1921 – Aug. 26, 2016 Rosalia Duran Guevara, who died in Albuquerque, N.M., Aug. 26, 2016, was a Loretto Co-member for 21 years and a Sister of Loretto for 20 years. Rosalia began her association with Loretto in 1937 when she attended the public high school taught by Loretto Sisters in the small mountain community of Mora, N.M., close to the prairie towns of her birth, Rainsville, and Sapello, where she was baptized. Rosalia was the first of the five children of Emilio and Franscisquita Cruz Duran, who raised their family in the shadow of the Santa Fe … Continue reading

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Remembrance of the Life of Sister Veronica Marie (formerly Sister Mary Thomas) Schneider SL


Dec. 3, 1925 — Aug. 15, 2016 A very small card rests in the personnel file of Sister Veronica Marie Schneider. It reads, “Announcing the birth of a Daughter on December 3, 1925, [to] Mr. and Mrs. George F. Schneider.” Veronica was the fourth child and only daughter of George and Willamena Reis Schneider, natives of New York and Missouri, respectively, and residents of Los Angeles. Besides the little card announcing her birth, Veronica gave the Archives many autobiographical notes, beginning with this account of her early years: “My elementary school years were spent at Nativity School in Los Angeles, … Continue reading

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Remembrance of the Life of Sister Mary (also known as Sister Rosemary and, earlier, formerly Sister Thomas Ann) Nicholson SL


Sept. 30, 1922—Aug. 11, 2016 Rosemary Nicholson was born to James Thomas and Catherine Ann Brown Nicholson in 1922, in Catawissa, Mo., a small railroad community in Franklin County about 40 miles from St. Louis.  Rosemary was the couple’s middle child, following George and Kathleen and followed by Isabel and John.  There was also an oldest brother, Walter, from their father’s first marriage. By the time Rosemary was school age, the family had moved to St. Augustine Parish on the near Northside of St. Louis, where Rosemary attended parochial school and where she was still living when she entered the Sisters … Continue reading

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Remembrance of the Life of Sister M. Bernardine Wiseman SL


Oct. 7, 1922—July 15, 2016 Sister Bernardine was born in Hodgenville, Ky., the third of seven children of Charles Bernard Wiseman of Rineyville, and Christine Margaret McMillen Wiseman of Tunnel Hill, both in Hardin County, Ky. According to Bernardine’s birth certificate, Bernard Wiseman was at that time farming in La Rue County, but soon the family moved to a farm near Elizabethtown in Hardin County. Six weeks after her birth Bernardine was baptized at Loretto’s Bethlehem Academy, St. John, Ky., where her aunt, Sister Josepha Wiseman, was missioned. The baby was given the name of her paternal grandmother, Sarah Isabell, and was … Continue reading

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