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.

Read More

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.

Read More

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.

Read More

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.

Read More

Sister Miriam Therese Foley

September 23, 1914 - April 26, 2008   |   Passed On

Sister definitely embodied the Humility Charism as a person with diverse gifts, a gracious personality, and a quiet energy as she shared the fullness of life with all she met, especially the poor and those in need (Search and Service).

Read More

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.

Read More

Sister Becky Dobbels

October 9, 1956 - November 25, 2007   |   Passed On

Sister Becky always appeared to me as a courageous traveler whether it was pursuing her ministry in such a high stress area of medicine, coming to Davenport in all kinds of weather to participate in CHM activities, going home for family celebrations, or hitting the road in the camper for vacations.

Read More
Comito Maryfranceslouise

Sister Mary Frances Louise Comito

April 6, 1919 - November 11, 2007   |   Passed On

`Frannie Lou` as she was affectionately known to her sister’s in religion, is remembered by those who lived with her as a very even-tempered, positive person who was particularly kind and generous to those less fortunate whether in learning ability or in material goods. Always devoted to her family, visiting became easier when she got her little car. The sisters could always count on her to give them a lift to wherever they needed to go.

Read More

Sister Mary John Byers

February 4, 1917 - June 7, 2007   |   Passed On

Sr. Mary John was instrumental in establishing the Humility House of Prayer on a Marycrest College site located on 10th Street in Davenport. When in 1976 the site was needed for other purposes, she moved to Ottumwa and started a prayer center at the motherhouse at Ottumwa Heights that also brought participants from the Ottumwa parishes. In 1982, when Ottumwa Heights was sold to Indian Hills Community College, Sister was undaunted in continuing her prayer ministry and came with the sisters to Davenport where she continued her work at Project Renewal living in Davenport’s Central City.

Read More

Sister Mae Murphy

May 29, 1915 - May 12, 2007   |   Passed On

After making her first vows on August 1, 1936, Sister immediately began what was to be a long and varied teaching ministry. Anyone who ever lived with Sister Mae knew of her superb culinary skills. She may have been the best candy maker in the CHM community as her donations to bake sales and bazaars were legendary.

Read More

Sister Mary Bernard Bowers

August 3, 1920 - April 18, 2007   |   Passed On

Among her special memories was a wild ride shared with Sister Mary Cecilia and a good Monsignor just learning to drive, giving another Monsignor’s dog a very large piece of chewy, caramel candy to keep his mouth occupied in order to protect her Christmas ornaments, walking to the Ursuline Academy Junior College from Sacred Heart Convent in thirty degree below zero weather with only a black shawl for warmth, and a highlight to be sure was her Marian year trip to Europe in 1988.

Read More

Sister Miriam Rita Goga

September 23, 1918 - August 18, 2006   |   Passed On

S. Miriam Ritas career began in 1941 and spanned 56 years as a teacher, librarian and medical records administrator.

Read More

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.

Read More
Geiger Toni2

Sister Mary Antonette "Toni" Geiger

June 8, 1917 - February 9, 2006   |   Passed On

Sr. Toni's early ministry was teaching primary grades in all of the CHM schools in Montana with special emphasis on art and music.

Read More
Patik Claire Marie

Sister Claire Marie Patik

June 26, 1919 - April 3, 2005   |   Passed On

Sr. Claire Marie answered a request from her missionary priest brother to come to Papua, New Guinea and minister to the people there. This fulfilled a childhood dream nurtured since grade school. Sister was responsible not only for teaching but writing and printing textbooks for her students.

Read More