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Remembrances

The prayer card for Loretto’s deceased members reads, “Gracious God, may they live forever in the splendor of your light and life in the company of all the saints.” We know that they do, but it’s good to say it. View all Obituaries.

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Remembrance of the Life of Rose Marie Nielsen CoL

By Loretto Community / August 31, 2021 /

Loretto Co-member Rose Marie Nielsen died Aug. 31 at age 83 at her home in Tennessee in the 43rd year of her Loretto co-membership. In 1957 she was received into…

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Remembrance of the Life of Marcia Kaldenhoven CoL

By Loretto Community / August 30, 2021 /

Loretto Co-member Marcia Coleman Kaldenhoven died quietly Aug. 29 in a nursing facility in her hometown of Heemstede, The Netherlands, with her dear husband, Joop, by her side.  She was…

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Remembrance of the Life of Sister Jean (formerly Sister Regina Rose Burke) Johnson SL

By Eleanor Craig SL / August 15, 2021 /

(Editor’s Note: The first portion of this remembrance is Sister Jean Johnson’s autobiography. The latter portion was written by Eleanor Craig SL.) “On May 12, 1927, I arrived, the fifth…

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Remembrance of the Life of Sister Theresa (formerly Sister John Bosco) Coyle SL

By Loretto Community / July 14, 2021 /

Sister Theresa Coyle died July 14 at Loretto Motherhouse Infirmary in Nerinx, Ky. She was 92 and in the 74th year of her Loretto commitment. A remembrance of her life…

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Remembrance of the Life of Sister Sylvia Ginder SL

By Eleanor Craig SL / June 26, 2021 /

In early March of 1970, Sister Sylvia Ginder wrote to Sister Mary Luke Tobin, then completing her 12 years as the General Superior of the Sisters of Loretto. Sylvia’s letter is…

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Remembrance of the Life of Eileen Wirtz CoL

By Eleanor Craig SL / June 1, 2021 /

Loretto Co-member Eileen Loretto Wirtz passed away peacefully on June 1, 2021, in Overland Park, Kan.  In the 14th  year of her Loretto commitment, she was capping a lifetime as a high school…

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Remembrance of the Life of Joy Gerity CoL

By Regina Drey SL / May 31, 2021 /

Ed and Lois Gerity chose the perfect name when their middle child and only daughter was born on Sept. 24, 1940.    Joy lived up to her name in every…

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Remembrance of the Life of Sister Jean (formerly Sister M. Francis Ann) Kelley SL

By Mary Margaret Murphy SL / May 30, 2021 /

Jean would often say to me, Mary Margaret, people don’t  really know me.  I said I will tell them.  So let me begin.    Dr. Kurstin arrived in the nick of…

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Remembrance of the Life of John Moskeland CoL

By Martha Alderson CoL / May 1, 2021 /

John Bromley Moskeland was surely the nicest, kindest man we ever knew. Most of us knew John first as Lillian’s husband and Mary Peter Bruce’s brother-in-law. He was quick to…

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Remembrance of the Life of Marjorie Riggs CoL

By Eleanor Craig SL / April 1, 2021 /

Marjorie Riggs died in the 25th year of her Loretto Co-membership. When she applied for co-membership in late 1996, Marge wrote an autobiography in which she laid out her life…

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Remembrance of the Life of Sister Mary Denis Bruck SL

By Eleanor Craig SL / April 1, 2021 /

Hedwig Isabelle Catherine Bruck arrived as Frank and Mary Bruck’s first child exactly nine months after their marriage, “an embarrassment” her parents joked. She was born in Quincy, Ill., although…

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Remembrance of the Life of Sister Theresa Louise Wiseman SL

By Eleanor Craig SL / March 27, 2021 /

Mary Theresa Wiseman was the oldest child of Charles Bernard and Christine Margaret McMillen Wiseman, two Catholics from the area around Elizabethtown in Hardin County, Ky.  Their family grew to…

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