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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 Joan Blessum Mahan CoL

By Eleanor Craig SL / October 6, 2020 /

Author’s Note: The following is drawn in large measure from a remembrance by Margaret Blessum, the youngest of the Blessum family, in celebration of her older sister, Joan.  It was delivered by Margaret at the service before Joan’s burial in Louisiana. There were 10 children in the family of Ray Benjamin and Maynelle Stevenson Blessum. …

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Remembrance of the Life of Sister Maureen (formerly Sister Ann Maureen) McCormack SL

By Eleanor Craig SL / September 24, 2020 /

Maureen Frances McCormack was born in St. Louis, the third of four daughters born to John Clement McCormack of Waukon, Iowa, and Ozzara Deluhery of Los Angeles. Maureen’s older sisters, Janet and Jean, were twins barely a year older than Maureen; their youngest sister Mary Beth arrived six years after Maureen. Although Maureen was baptized…

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Remembrance of the Life of Sister Susan Carol McDonald SL

By Mary Louise Denny SL / September 23, 2020 /

(What follows is the reflection, “The Susan I Have Known,” as told to Mary Louise Denny SL “over the years.”) For some 30 years I have been blessed knowing Susan. And the Susan I knew was a complicated and incredibly simple woman. The Susan I knew was witty, tender, artistic and terribly, terribly honest. Susan…

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Remembrance of the Life of Maureen Smith CoL

By Loretto Community / September 5, 2020 /

The following is Maureen Smith’s autobiography, dated Sept. 7, 2018: I was born and lived, until moving to the Loretto Motherhouse, in my family home in Schenectady, N.Y. On my 87th birthday, my niece gave me my Dad’s diary, which was stored in a box with other family treasures since the death of my Sister…

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Remembrance of the Life of Gaetana ‘Gay’ Lenox CoL

By Eleanor Craig SL / September 1, 2020 /

Gay DiCerto Lenox was born in El Cento, Calif., May 19, 1935. She was baptized Gaetana Angela, but was known as Gay. Her parents were Valentino and Angeline Christine DiCerto. Gay had three sisters, Angie, Valerie and Anna, and two brothers, Valentine and Salvatore. Having been Salutatorian in high school, Gay worked her way through…

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Remembrance of the Life of Sister Dolores Kelledy SL

By Eleanor Craig SL / August 30, 2020 /

The first words of Dolores Kelledy’s 1976 autobiography go right to the heart of the matter: “I became interested in the Sisters of Loretto while attending elementary school in the Sacred Heart Parish. The Lorettines there portrayed such a friendly spirit, both in the convent and in the school, that I choose to become one…

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Remembrance of the Life of Norma Mason-Stikes CoL

By Loretto Community / August 10, 2020 /

(The following obituary was kindly provided to Loretto courtesy of Norma Mason-Stikes son, Carey Mason.) Norma Catherine Decker Mason-Stikes, celebrated 89 years of a life well-lived, and on the morning of August 10, 2020, she took her last breath and departed this earthly life. A native of Louisville, Ky., Norma was the younger of two…

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Remembrance of the Life of Sister Mary Peter Bruce SL

By Eleanor Craig SL / August 6, 2020 /

Mary Peter Bruce was the eldest daughter of James H. Bruce and Dolores Novoa, known as Lola.  They named her Dolores Patricia and called her Patsy. She had three siblings, Lillian, Jimmy and Johnny, many cousins in Mexico and in the United States, plus Celia, a young girl whose mother had died, Mary Peter said,…

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Remembrance of the Life of Sister Mary Frances (formerly Sister Margaret Mary) Lottes SL

By Eleanor Craig SL / July 31, 2020 /

Mary Frances Lottes was born into what she describes as “a secure and happy life in a large family during the Depression years.”  She was the fourth child of Arthur and Roberta Lottes, with Helen, Arthur, and Richard before her and Marge, Paul and Robert after her.  Her father was born in St. Mary, Mo.,…

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Remembrance of the Life of Sister Nancy Finneran SL

By Eleanor Craig SL / April 25, 2020 /

In Granite City, Ill., at the height of the Depression, Martin Joseph Finneran and his wife Fannie Price Finneran welcomed their fifth and final child and named her Nancy Jane.  Before the end of the hard times the family had relocated to St. Louis, where Nancy attended kindergarten at Dozier School in the West End,…

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Remembrance of the Life of Anne Spillane CoL

By Martha Alderson CoL / April 23, 2020 /

Anne Catherine Spillane (known as Nancy by her family) was a bright light wherever she was. It was often said that she was “everyone’s best friend,” so well did she fulfill that role. Known as Sister Lucian, from 1947 to 1971, she served Loretto in many capacities — teacher at Mary Queen of Peace in…

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Remembrance of the Life of Jossy Eyre CoL

By Eleanor Craig SL / April 20, 2020 /

Josepha Eyre was the eighth of 10 children born to Elizabeth Margaret Purcell and Francis Anton Schretien in Nijmegan, Holland, in 1931. She described her life as “before” and “since the war.” Her early years were relatively uneventful, with school and life at home. The Nazis invaded Holland in 1940. Every aspect of life changed.…

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