Obituaries

Remembrance of the Life of Lenore Carroll CoL


Jan. 7, 1939 – May 28, 2016 Lenore French Carroll was born in Kansas City, Mo., the daughter of Earl Leaton French and Bernice Smith French, who enrolled Lenore and her sister Cecilia in Catholic schools in Kansas City. A pungent journalist, Lenore wrote an autobiography when she applied for Loretto Co-membership. In it she characterizes the ups and down of a modern woman’s life, beginning with her youthful interests while at St Vincent grade school and Lillis High School: “My route home [from St. Vincent’s] went past the Jewish Community Center where I could check books out of a … Continue reading

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Remembrance of the Life of Sister Simone Inkel SL


Oct. 1, 1928 — May 14, 2016 Sister Simone Inkel began life as Marie Rolande, one of eight children of Oliva and Marie-Anna Boufford Inkel, French Canadians who had settled in Mobile, Ala. Marie Rolande had an older sister, Simone Marie, who entered the Sisters of Loretto four years before Rolande, taking first the name Sister Mary Rolande and later changing to Sister Maxine. When it became Rolande’s turn to enter Loretto, she returned the favor, taking the name Sister Mary Simone. The younger Rolande met the Sisters of Loretto at Bishop Toolen High School in Mobile, where she found … Continue reading

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Remembrance of the Life of Sister Marie Dolorosa Simones SL


Feb. 21, 1926 – March 22, 2016 Sister Marie Dolorosa was named Dolorosa Victoria at her baptism in Dubuque, Iowa, in 1926. Her parents, Joseph and Florence, were Catholic Iowans. She had one sister, Florence, who was called Cissy. Their father was part of a very successful business family in Dubuque, so Cissy and Dolorosa, who was called Rodie, grew up in very comfortable circumstance with many material advantages. Rodie acquired her love of exploring the globe at an early age. Her father took the family on extensive vacations, whetting Rodie’s lifelong curiosity about the world. Rodie was taught by Sisters … Continue reading

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Remembrance of the Life of Sister Lee (formerly Sister Michael Marie) Connolly SL


Feb. 22, 1924 – March 19, 2016 Sister Lee Connolly was named Mary Leona by her parents, William and Mary Collopy Connolly, both natives of Chicago. She had one older sister, named Veronica Margaret but called Bon; Leona liked to be called Lee. The family lived in Chicago until Lee was in fifth grade. Then they became Californians, moving to Monrovia where Lee attended seventh and eighth grades at the Loretto grade school, Immaculate Conception. Lee loved the Sierra Madre Mountains and the stretches of orange groves she worked in as a teenager. After two years at the public high school in … Continue reading

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Remembrance of the Life of Rosalie Marie Malec CoL


Jan.  6, 1925 – Feb. 14, 2016 “Rosalie Malec was born in Detroit on Jan.6, 1925. She loved having a birthday on the Epiphany and later for her 70th birthday I helped her published a book of poetry under the title ‘Epiphany 70.’ The youngest daughter of three (she had two older brothers Roman and Raymond), she was very proud of her Polish heritage and did make the trip back to the old country with her father in the 1970s. “ So begins a tender remembrance of Rosalie written by her niece, Shelley Ann Malec Vitale of Macomb Township, Mich., a northern suburb … Continue reading

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Remembrance of the Life of M. Concetta Torrillo SL


Feb. 25, 1924 – Feb. 1, 2016 Sister Concetta Torrillo was born in Granite City, Ill., to Guiseppe and Concetta Gagliardo Torrillo. As a young married couple her parents had immigrated from Pietraroia, Italy. The following is Concetta’s story as told to archivist Kate Misbauer in 2010: “My dad was Joseph and he came from Benevenicio, Italy, to New York City; later the ship he was on was bombed and sank. He worked a year, returned to Italy and married my mom. In 1913 they came here. That ship later sank. too! They did not go back to Italy! “From … Continue reading

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Remembrance of the Life of Jeannine Swift CoL


March 5, 1935-Dec. 13, 2015 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 belonged to St. Agnes Parish in Springfield, Mo. Jeanne attended both elementary and high school in the parish, where Sisters of Loretto had been teaching since 1906. At the conclusion of high school, Jeanne applied to Mother Felicitas to enter the Loretto novitiate. The letters of recommendation written by her teachers and pastor highlight the intelligence and “good sense” which are mentioned so often in later … Continue reading

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Remembrance of the Life of Fred Harris CoL


Feb. 14, 1928 – Dec. 12, 2015 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 years in the U.S. Air Force, mostly in the Panama Canal Zone, and six months at Lowry Air Force Base in Denver. After graduating from the University of Detroit, he came to Denver in 1955. He received a business administration degree from the College of Great Falls, Mont. He and his wife Jane, who were married in December 1972, have two daughters, two … Continue reading

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Remembrance of the Life of Barbara Ann Shultz SL


Dec. 19, 1920-Dec. 7, 2015 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 hometown of both her parents. In 1934, when Sara Barbara was an eighth grader at St. Joseph Parochial School, her only sister, Anna Mae, died of tuberculosis. The following year, Sara Barbara joined the aspirancy of the Precious Blood Sisters at Ruma, Ill. After two years, she transferred to Notre Dame Academy, Belleville, Ill., earning her high school diploma there in 1938. Sara Barbara enrolled at Le Clerc … Continue reading

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Remembrance of the Life of Mary Louise Pope Clute CoL


March 7, 1924 – Nov. 24, 2015 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 emergency appendectomy.  They fell in love and were married the next year.  Charles was a young widower with three children. Mary’s birth drew the family together in a special way.  Three more siblings followed, bringing the total to seven children. Mary’s father worked in the Cumberland Hardware and Jewelry Store in Harlan; her mother left nursing to become a full-time homemaker and good neighbor, whose many … Continue reading

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