Sister Modesta Neubauer

May 30, 1925 - October 4, 2015   |   Passed On

We saw that very early that Sr. Modesta was interested in caring for others. This thread would run through all of her ministries, from caring for small children through assisting her CHM sisters who needed nursing care.

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Sister Eleanor Neuroth

November 24, 1919 - March 7, 2010   |   Passed On

.Undoubtedly, many Ottumwa area children got their start in life with the loving care of Sister Francis De Sales. Sister herself said that she had a special place in her heart for `preemies,

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Sister Joanne O'Brian

July 26, 1934 - November 5, 2011   |   Passed On

I believe the writer of the book of Proverbs gives us much food for thought as we ponder Joanne’s life. In Proverbs 31:16 we read about the “valiant woman” who when she sets her mind on a field then buys it….31:17 `She puts her back into her work and shows how strong her arms can be.` Joanne was a valiant woman

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Ana Maria Orozco

October 26, 1926 - September 5, 2014   |   Passed On

… a delicate thoughtfulness, selflessness toward others, sensibility of mind and generosity of heart—all of these are precious virtues we all admire in another. But when these qualities are coupled with a gay buoyant spirit of fun, the result is a uniqueness which is difficult to emulate.”

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Sister Mary Hildegarde Peiffer

April 4, 1917 - March 27, 2011   |   Passed On

Sister Hildegarde never let physical infirmities stand in the way of what our founders had in mind when they wrote; `…the sisters share a mission of the church; to give witness to the message of the beatitudes according to the congregation’s spirit and tradition.` (Search and Service, p. 42, #93)

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Sister Cathleen Real

Currently Serving

The Climate Project (TCP) held its first first-ever Faith Community Training, October 8-10, 2008 led by Nobel Laureate Al Gore, and resulted in the addition of 135 new TCP presenters to a base of...

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Sister Marilyn Reyes

March 2, 1919 - January 28, 2014   |   Passed On

Sister often said of her activities; "I'm just evangelizing." She left evangelizing footprints on the soil from Chicago to Great Falls, Montana, from Peoria, to San Diego, from Des Moines to Mexico, from California to El Paso. Hundreds of people are better off as a result of her footprints, and our CHM community is richer for her having been among us for 78 years.

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Sister Mary Rocca

September 26, 1935 - October 27, 2015   |   Passed On

Mary was a woman of many gifts that were shared with many people. She was a teacher in the elementary grades, nurse, English language teacher to people from other countries, playful clown for children and adults, sister to eight siblings, and “sister” to her CHM sisters and associates

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Sister Eileen Roseberry

April 25, 1911 - January 12, 2008   |   Passed On

Sister Eileen was a religious woman of many talents and a marvelous sense of humor. She definitely embodied the charism of the Sisters of Humility whether she was teaching in the classroom, serving as principal and administrator, assisting family and neighbors, or enjoying the company of her CHM family.

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Sister Adrienne Marie Savage

December 26, 1912 - August 31, 2008   |   Passed On

It seems that her students, co-workers, and CHM sisters all recognized her leadership ability and often quietly referred to her as `Sarge.` She remained faithful to her core values until the end.

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Sister Michelle Schiffgens

June 27, 1930 - March 3, 2015   |   Passed On

Sister Michelle received numerous awards for her far-sighted work in education. In 1989 she was named Iowa’s Most Outstanding Educator of the Year by the Learning Disabilities Association of Iowa. One of the most prized awards was the Henderson Medal, the highest award given by the Marycrest alumni.

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Sister Madeleine Marie Schmidt

July 9, 1916 - August 27, 2008   |   Passed On

Maddie was a woman of many talents; in addition to all that I have mentioned, she found time to champion the cause of women by serving as a member of the Iowa Commission on the Status of Women from 1969-1978. We would be hard-pressed to find anyone who kept up with world, national, state, and local politics and events as well as Maddie did.

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Sister Darlene Schwarte

September 15, 1937 - March 17, 2016   |   Passed On

At the time of her 50th jubilee as a Sister of Humility in 2006, she reported she had spent 26 years as a teacher’s aide and 26 years as a cook...In addition to her baking skills, Sister Darlene was a fine seamstress and produced needle-work pieces and other crafts for the holiday sales that were annual events at the Center for years.

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Sister Rita Shepard

September 6, 1919 - April 1, 2010   |   Passed On

Her tinyness of stature belied a large heart and generous spirit. Considering her service to parishes, catechism classes and vacation schools, she must have prepared hundreds of children to receive their first Holy Communion

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Sister Maurine Sofranko

October 23, 1910 - March 26, 2006   |   Passed On

Sister was a woman of many talents not the least of which was gardener and horticulturalist. She often spoke of the miniature purple iris that she brought from her mother's garden. How appropriate for Sister Maurine to begin her new life in springtime as everything around us is coming to life. The chirping birds are a reminder of how vigilant she was in feeding them and how adamant she was in keeping the squirrels away even to the point of greasing the pole to the birdfeeder so the squirrels could not climb it.

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