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Remembrance of the Life of Martha Belke SL

By Loretto Community / April 12, 2015 /
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Martha Jane Belke was born into a hard working German Catholic family in Louisville’s upper west end. She was the sixth of seven girls born to Mary Catherine Huff Belke…

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Remembrance of the Life of Carol Durphy SL

By Loretto Community / February 19, 2015 /
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Carol Mae Dunphy was born in Eastlake, Colo., the first of four children of Arthur John and Edith Louise Molholm Dunphy, both Colorado natives. Her sister Lois was born a…

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Remembrance of the Life of Sister Charlotte Marie Schwartz SL

By Loretto Community / January 20, 2015 /
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She was born in St. Louis in 1911 and baptized Mary Melinda, after her maternal grandmother. She began elementary school in 1917 at St. James Parochial School in the city,…

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Remembrance of the Life of Sister M. Barbara Croghan SL

By Loretto Community / January 16, 2015 /
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Sister Mary Barbara Croghan was born in Denver, the first of three children of John and Barbara Stroh Croghan. Baptized Dorothy Ellen, she took her mother’s and her younger sister’s…

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Remembrance of the Life of Sister Frances Zoghby SL

By Loretto Community / October 29, 2014 /
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Frances Gertrude Zoghby was the eldest of nine children of George Kaleel and Emma Kahalley Zoghby. Her father was born in Beirut, which was Syria at the time, now Lebanon. Her mother was a native of Mobile, Ala., and the Zoghbys raised their family there in Immaculate Conception Cathedral Parish. Of Frances’ siblings in this close knit family, three are living, as well as three of their spouses. Miriam, Cecilia and Raymond have been Frances’ faithful companions especially in her final years.

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Remembrance of the Life of Sister M. Eloise Jarvis SL

By Loretto Community / October 21, 2014 /
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Mary Eloise Jarvis was the elder of two daughters born to Henry Noel Jarvis and Mary Wheatley Jarvis of Harrisburg, Ill. Henry, like his brothers, was a veterinarian surgeon; Mary was a music teacher and a gifted musician who passed on her gifts to both Eloise and her younger sister Eleanor. Eloise’s musical education began as soon as she could reach the piano keyboard and continued under her mother’s careful teaching for 12 years.

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Remembrance of the Life of Sister Helen Ann Reynolds SL

By Loretto Community / August 21, 2014 /
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Sister Helen Ann was born May 17, 1918, in Rockford, Ill. She was one of four daughters and two sons of Marie Ellen (Hennessey) and Thomas J. Reynolds. She entered the Sisters of Loretto from St. Peter Parish, Rockford, in 1936. Sister Helen Ann received the habit and her religious name on April 25, 1937, pronounced her first vows on April 25, 1939 and made her final vows on Aug. 15, 1942.

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Remembrance of the life of Sister Margaret Ann Hummel SL

By Loretto Community / July 26, 2014 /
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Margaret Ann Hummel was born in Louisville, Ky., on St. Patrick’s Day 1932, just a few minutes after her twin sister, Rose Marie. They were the fourth and fifth children of six born to Norbert Daniel Hummel Sr. and Margaret Maloney Hummel, both Louisville natives. Margaret wrote in her autobiography that her parents fostered in all six children solid family traditions and religious values.

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Remembrance of the life of Sister Carina Vetter SL

By Loretto Community / July 26, 2014 /
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Carina Vetter was the seventh and youngest child born to Bernard Vetter and Bertha Pittrick Vetter. Her parents were first generation German-Americans, born in Cole County Missouri to German immigrants in the decade following the Civil War. Carina was born and raised in Jefferson City, Missouri, where she attended St. Peter’s parish grade and high school, taught by the Notre Dame Sisters. Graduating in 1937, during the lean years of the Great Depression, she put aside her desire to attend college and went to work as bookkeeper at an uncle’s machine shop.

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Remembrance of the life of Sister Margaret Fitzgerald SL

By Loretto Community / June 29, 2014 /
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(Note: This remembrance draws heavily from the three autobiographies which Sister Margaret Fitzgerald contributed to her personnel file in the archive.) Margaret was born in Sterling Ill., the fourth of…

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Remembrance of the Life of Sister Jeannette Marie Donnelly SL

By Loretto Community / April 9, 2014 /
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April 27, 1922 – April 9, 2014

Sister Jeannette Marie Donnelly was very proud of her origins: She told the archives that she was born on the family ranch at Running Water, near Springfield SD, on or near the ranch her mother’s grand parents settled in the 1850s. Baptized Catherine Jeannette, she was the third of four children of James Edward Donnelly and Bertha Emma Moon. Before 1928 the family moved to the southeast, where Catherine Jeannette bounced from one grade school to another in Florida and Alabama. Relatives in New Mexico invited Catherine and her two older sisters, Lavonne and Ruth, to Las Cruces in 1935, so they could attend Loretto Academy.

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Remembrance of the Life of Sister Charles Maureen Walker SL

By Loretto Community / March 14, 2014 /
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October 11, 1919 – March 14, 2014

Sister Charles Maureen Walker’s life closely follows the lives of early Loretto school-women from the Kentucky Holy Land. Baptized Mary Virginia at St. Charles Church, near Little Loretto, she grew up in the town of Loretto, the oldest child of her mother, Sadie–Mary Sarah O’Daniel, who married Charles Thomas Walker and raised his two daughters and the seven children they had together. Charles was the barber in Loretto for 39 years and their children attended Loretto Public School with the Sisters of Loretto. Mary Virginia began high school with the Ursuline Sisters at St. Francis in Chicago, Kentucky (just west of Loretto on the railroad line).

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