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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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In Remembrance: Loretto Honors All Saints and All Souls

By Loretto Community / November 1, 2021 /
An angel and a cross are profiled in front of the setting sun.

“I Am the Way,” Loretto’s Constitutions, tells us that the same Spirit who inspired and guided our founders gathers us in community today. We walk with all those “Friends of…

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Remembrance of the Life of Rose Marie Nielsen CoL

By Loretto Community / August 31, 2021 /

Rose Marie Stevens Nielsen was the daughter of Mary Nell Culp Stevens and Barnabas Ventress Stevens Jr. In 1957, Rose Marie was received into Loretto as Sister Rose Timothy. She…

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Remembrance of the Life of Marcia Kaldenhoven CoL

By Loretto Community / August 29, 2021 /

Loretto Co-member Marcia Coleman Kaldenhoven of Heemstede, the Netherlands, was Sister Jean Martin Coleman for eight years and then transferred her vowed membership to Loretto co-membership. She died Aug. 29…

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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 Eleanor Craig SL / July 14, 2021 /

Editor’s note: This is Theresa Louise Coyle’s own account of her life, pieced together from much longer essays whichshe composed in the decades since her Golden Jubilee in 1998. “In…

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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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