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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 Barbara Light CoL

By Martha Alderson CoL / October 15, 2020 /

“What a kind and generous person!” That is the most frequent description of Barb Light. She was always present when needed, agreeable to do anything to help —transportation to and…

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Remembrance of the Life of Sister Pearl McGivney SL

By Loretto Community / October 11, 2020 /

Editor’s Note: The following remembrance was prepared by Loretto Co-member Mercy Sister Alicia Zapata and Vicki Schwartz SL. It contains excerpts from Pearl’s autobiography, along with contributions from Mary Jean…

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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…

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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,…

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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.…

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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…

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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.…

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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…

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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…

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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,…

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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…

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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. …

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