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Sister Jeanette Kopel

September 26, 1933 - March 26, 2024   |   Passed On

Sister Jeanette Kopel was born on September 26, 1933 and entered the Congregation of the Humility of Mary on January 6, 1954. She received the habit and religious name Sr. Mary Rene on July 26, 1954, and pronounced her first vows on July 26, 1956. She died on March 26, 2024.

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Sister Rosalia Riedel

November 23, 1923 - October 31, 2023   |   Passed On

Sr. Rosalia received a BA in education from Marycrest College and received her Certified Nurses Aide training from Scott Community College in Bettendorf, Iowa. Her ministry of teaching found her in the Iowa cities of Centerville, Bettendorf, Albia, Des Moines, Oskaloosa and Ottumwa and in Lewistown, Montana and Rock Island, Illinois. She also was a program facilitator at the Center for Active Seniors (CASI) in Davenport.

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Sister Claudellen Pentecost

February 13, 1932 - August 12, 2023   |   Passed On

Lois A. Pentecost was born on February 13, 1932, to Claude and Ida E. Crowley Pentecost in Lewistown, Montana. Lois was the youngest of 11 siblings, with five brothers and five sisters, and she bragged she had grown up “in one of the best families in the world.”

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Sister Patricia Miller

August 29, 1931 - July 1, 2023   |   Passed On

Sister Patricia Miller died July 1, 2023

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Sister Miriam Ehrhardt

December 3, 1934 - June 4, 2023   |   Passed On

Sr. Miriam Ehrhardt died on June 20, 2023.

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Sister Helen (M. Marice) Strohman

December 13, 1932 - April 7, 2023   |   Passed On

Sr. Helen was a teacher in Iowa, Minnesota and Mississippi. She was the director of the YES Program in Canton, MS and a pastoral minister at St. Joseph Church in North English, IA. She was director of the Rainbow Literacy Center and worked for the MADCAAP Educational Program in Canton. Sr. Helen taught in the Madison County Jail in Mississippi and helped create the volunteer program Seeds of Hope in Davenport.

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Sister Mary Kayleen Heffron

April 4, 1931 - March 6, 2023   |   Passed On

Sister Mary Kayleen Heffron entered the Congregation of the Humility of Mary in 1959. She served as a dedicated nurse in the Ottumwa area for nearly 50 years.

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Sister Joan LeBeau

May 15, 1935 - October 8, 2022   |   Passed On

Sr. Joan LeBeau entered the Congregation of the Humility of Mary in 1953 and professed vows in 1955 as Sister Mary LeAnne.

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Sister Harriett (M. St. Edward) Ping

December 24, 1932 - July 22, 2022   |   Passed On

Sr. Harriet’s ministry of teaching found her in Iowa several towns in Iowa and Montana.. She was a librarian at Marycrest College Davenport and worked in administration at Martina Place Assisted Living in Johnston, Iowa. After retirement Sr. Harriet enjoyed volunteering at Our lady of the Prairie Retreat.

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Sister Hilary Veith

June 26, 1925 - April 20, 2022   |   Passed On

Sr. Hilary’s spent most of her life ministering in Ottumwa, Iowa, visiting and counseling shut-ins in nursing homes, the home-bound, persons in jail and writing letters to those in prison. She continues ministering through prayer and witness.

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Sister Marilyn Schierbrock

April 27, 1939 - February 28, 2022   |   Passed On

​For many years Sr. Marilyn was a neighborhood advocacy coordinator for John Lewis Community Service in Davenport, Iowa.​

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Sister Luz María Orozco y Aragón

November 3, 1933 - September 13, 2021   |   Passed On

She has been a visiting professor in the English Department at several colleges and universities including Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. Sr. Luz María received the Teaching Excellence Award from the Independent Higher Education Foundation. She served as a translator, proofreader, editor, writer for several organizations and volunteered as a substitute teacher in Spanish at Assumption High School in Davenport, Iowa

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Sister Mary Ann Aman

July 30, 1939 - September 7, 2021   |   Passed On

Sr. Mary Ann’s ministry of education spanned six decades, beginning in 1959 at St. Patrick’s School in Ottumwa, IA, and ending as St. Joseph Parish Religious Education Director in State Center, IA, in 2011.

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Sister Barbara Kopel

February 1, 1939 - August 9, 2021   |   Passed On

Sr. Barbara taught for 23 years in Catholic schools in Ottumwa, Davenport and West Des Moines, IA and Denver, CO. Then she worked for nine years at West Pines Psychiatric Hospital, Wheatridge, CO in varying roles such as teacher, counselor and case manager.

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Sr. Micheline Curtis

December 10, 1937 - July 10, 2021   |   Passed On

Going to church while growing up was such a regular occurrence for Sister Micheline that the event found its way into her playtime with friends. "We used to play church a lot," she said. "They tell me I always insisted I be the priest."

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