Sister Maurine Sofranko

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

Clara Agnes Sofranko was the third of six children born to John and Veronica Durbala Sofranko. Since Veronica was the oldest child in her family and her mother had died young, Clara's mother and...

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Sister Patrice Steffes

August 19, 1942 - March 11, 2015   |   Passed On

In her “block” on the bicentennial quilt at the foot of the steps to the dining room, Patrice shows a figure at an easel, a cat at her foot, surrounded by the things she named as important to her: community, friends, family, teacher, children, animals, art, gifts from God, angels and bike riding.

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Sister Elizabeth Thoman

June 18, 1943 - December 22, 2016   |   Passed On

Sister Elizabeth’s life was remarkable because her horizons kept expanding, both personally and professionally, calling forth a plenitude of gifts.

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Sister Pauline Tursi

March 30, 1940 - January 11, 2009   |   Passed On

She was active in the sale of Ottumwa Heights, St. Joseph Hospital, Marycrest College, and the building of a wing for our sisters at Bishop Drumm. Throughout it all, she remained professional, pleasant, cheerful and quite often humorous. Sister Pauline Tursi listened to the spirit and acted in a way she felt was in the best interest of the community.

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Sister Carolyn Walters

June 21, 1919 - November 10, 2015   |   Passed On

Sister Carolyn has left lasting records of her caring heart. In the late 1960s she established what may have been the first, or at least a very early, hotline for calls from persons in distress or, simply, from lonely individuals.

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Sister Mary Suzanne Wickenkamp

January 15, 1921 - February 1, 2011   |   Passed On

This woman’s unstinting service and valuable contribution will live on as an inspiration to those she instructed, a blessing to those whose lives she touched, an eternal monument to humble workers.`

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Sister Mary Simone Wilmes

May 27, 1916 - November 4, 2008   |   Passed On

I love life; I love people; I love a good joke; thank God, I have a sense of humor. I was a good teacher; I was a hard worker; I had good organizational ability; I had success in what I strived for, but I want it to be known that I claim no part in the success of the above except that God chose me as the weak instrument he worked in and through. I can truthfully say with St. Paul, power is at its best in weakness.

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Sister Penelope Wink

Currently Serving

Pastoral Worker & Psychotherapist Sr. Penelope Wink lives with two dogs in a small house in San Cristobal de Las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico. She has ministered in the area since 1976. As a...

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Sister M. Gabriel Wolf

February 4, 1908 - December 18, 2010   |   Passed On

Sister was always eager to take part in civic and community activities. One of our best pictures is one where she is riding on a float honoring Humility Sisters in Catholic education in a Great Falls parade. Another picture finds her up in a tree picking fruit.

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Sister Nancy Wooldridge

March 11, 1932 - October 9, 2013   |   Passed On

When we think of Sister Nancy we think of music, teaching, nursing, care-taking, cleaning, gardening, gluing puzzles, and story-telling. Music was definitely a recurring theme in her life.

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Sister Mary Amata Yackshaw

April 14, 1922 - April 16, 2011   |   Passed On

Sister’s ministry at St. Joseph’s spanned thirty-seven plus years during which she served as anesthesia assistant, operating room nurse, three to eleven floor supervisor, and emergency room nurse. After retirement Sister Amata became involved in volunteer activities including helping with Easter baskets for the needy. In 1992 she was honored by Governor Branstad for service to the community.

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