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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 Sister Lee (formerly Sister Michael Marie) Connolly SL

By Loretto Community / March 27, 2016 /

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…

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Remembrance of the Life of Sister Marie Dolorosa Simones SL

By Loretto Community / March 27, 2016 /

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…

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Remembrance of the Life of Rosalie Marie Malec CoL

By Loretto Community / March 3, 2016 /

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…

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Remembrance of the Life of M. Concetta Torrillo SL

By Loretto Community / February 10, 2016 /

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…

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Remembrance of the Life of Jeannine Swift CoL

By Loretto Community / January 14, 2016 /

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…

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Remembrance of the Life of Fred Harris CoL

By Loretto Community / January 4, 2016 /

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…

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Remembrance of the Life of Barbara Ann Shultz SL

By Loretto Community / December 18, 2015 /

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…

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Remembrance of the Life of Mary Louise Pope Clute CoL

By Loretto Community / December 9, 2015 /

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.…

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Remembrance of the Life of Margaret Rose Knoll SL

By Loretto Community / October 16, 2015 /

Aug. 27, 1914 – Oct. 6, 2015 Sister Margaret Rose was born in Minonk, Ill., one hundred and one years ago. This remembrance is drawn from an oral interview she did some years ago. About her parents and her 11 siblings Margaret Rose said: “My dad, Francis Theodore, came from Bismark, Germany, when he was…

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Remembrance of the Life of Sandy Ardoyno SL

By Loretto Community / October 16, 2015 /

Aug. 27, 1943 – Oct. 5, 2015 Sandy Ardoyno lived fully and with much enthusiasm all the days of her life! Sandy followed her twin sister, Susie, into the world, making her the third of the four children of Sidney and Sally Leech Ardoyno. With their brother Jack and sister Sheila, the twins grew up…

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Remembrance of the Life of Mary Judith Brown SL

By Loretto Community / August 14, 2015 /

Oct. 30, 1922 – Aug. 4, 2015 Frances Marie Brown, the eldest of four, was born Oct. 30, 1922 in Elwood, Ind. Her siblings were Howard, Herb, and Sue. Her father, Harold E. Brown, originally of Muncie, Ind., worked nights in a steel mill where he “drew wire.” Frances’ mother, Marie Agnes Harris Brown, was…

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Remembrance of the Life of Marie Joann Rekart SL

By Loretto Community / August 13, 2015 /

March 19, 1937-July 4, 2015 Marie Joann asked that her own accounts of her life be used in the remembrance after her death. Accordingly, we begin where she began her autobiography: “The population of Brentwood, Missouri, increased by one on March 19, 1937, when Joyce Rose Rekart came into the world. Born at home with…

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