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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 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 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 Marilyn Jean Hagedorn

Currently Serving

Sr. Jeannie ministered in Des Moines in religious education administration in the Diocesan Religious Education Office, St. Peter’s and Visitation Parishes. In addition, she taught English as a Second Language for DMACC and served as CHM Peace and Justice Coordinator as well as the CHM Leadership Team.

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Sister Marica Eckerman

Currently Serving

Sr. Marcia Eckerman was elected to serve as the CHM Vice President for the term of 2022-2026. She entered the Sisters of Humility in 1978 and has had a variety of ministries including administration at Marycrest College in Davenport, public relations at St. Joseph Health Rehab Center and Ottumwa Regional Health Center in Ottumwa, and development director for AIDs Project Quad Cities and the Congregation of the Humility of Mary.

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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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Sister Ramona Kaalberg

February 16, 1938 - July 3, 2021   |   Passed On

She was an Associate Professor at Marycrest College, Davenport, from 1972 to 1984. From 1984-1988, she served as CHM president. The Marycrest Alumni Association gave Sister Ramona their College Alumnae Association Service Award in 1981. At the 50th graduation exercises in 1989, Marycrest College bestowed the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters, citing her outstanding leadership roles in higher education.

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Sister Sheila (M. Mark Gregory) Seng

Currently Serving

Her ministry of teaching found her in Iowa, Illinois and Colorado. She was assistant principal and principal at Corpus Christi School in Colorado Springs. Sr. Sheila currently substitute teaches at Christ the King School in Denver, CO.

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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 Regina Mary Cratty

Currently Serving

Sr. Regina Mary’s ministry of teaching found her in Iowa at St. Anthony in Des Moines, Sacred Heart in West Des Moines, St. Mary Parish in Oskaloosa, Sacred Heart School in Davenport and Lourdes Memorial School in Bettendorf. She was also coordinator of the House of Prayer in Davenport

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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 Miriam Anstey

Currently Serving

Sr. Miriam was the vice president of student affairs at the former Marycrest College in Davenport, IA, director of Idyllwild at the University of Southern California, and the dean of continuing education and later the vice president of student services at Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts.

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Sister Mary Joseph Galvin

September 29, 1856 - August 10, 1933   |   Passed On

Along with Mother Mary Vincent Lawler, she was responsible for the establishment of St. Joseph Hospital in Ottumwa, and it is said, the best known member of the community. She had an aptitude for comforting the ill, for music, business and oral reading.

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