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Sister Mary Bea Snyder

Currently Serving

video produced in 2019 Sr. Mary Bea Snyder was elected to the CHM Leadership Team serving the years 2022-2026. She...

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Sister Mary St. John (Emma) Ven Horst

July 12, 1908 - July 17, 1996   |   Passed On

Sister St. John was a whirlwind of energy who brought together the first string ensemble at Ottumwa Heights College...

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Sister Frances Marie (Ellen) Melroy

April 2, 1909 - October 17, 1991   |   Passed On

After teaching for five years, she took nurse's training at St. Joseph Hospital, Ottumwa, where she was pediatric nurse, clinical instructor and supervisor of nurses for almost 20 years. There, she invented a special oxygen mask and nipple for children with cleft palates.

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Sister Mary Frances Therese (Rosalie) Doyle

February 12, 1906 - December 14, 1965   |   Passed On

She was a talented music teacher for all grades.

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Sister Mary Antoinette (Anna) Walsh

July 31, 1884 - February 3, 1966   |   Passed On

Sister was the first of three Walsh sisters to join the Congregation of the Humility of Mary. Throughout her life she was a teacher in public and parochial schools staffed by CHMs.

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Sister Mary Martina (Jennie) Mataya

May 7, 1915 - October 28, 1997   |   Passed On

Sister was an excellent science teacher and often received recognition of such.

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Sister Mary Jerome (Theresa) Gordon

June 26, 1890 - September 28, 1987   |   Passed On

She taught upper grades and commercial subjects in high school, then in later years, was librarian. Sister Jerome had a remarkable sense of humor, loved people, disliked routine and enjoyed travel.

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Sister Kayleen Heffron

Currently Serving

She based her nursing ministry in Ottumwa at St. Joseph’s Hospital which later became Ottumwa Regional Health Center. Her RN skills were used as an emergency room supervisor and also in the skilled nursing facility.

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Sister Rae Elwood

Currently Serving

Sr. Rae served as the vice-president of the Congregation of the Humility of Mary. She then served in Davenport as dean of admissions at Marycrest College, academic advisor at Marycrest International University, supportive living coordinator at the Humility of Mary Center, volunteer coordinator at CASI and a counselor in her private practice – Elwood Support Services.

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Sister Pat Heidenry

Currently Serving

Sr. Pat received a BA in elementary education from Briar Cliff College and later a pastoral ministry certificate from Seattle University.

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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 Elaine Hagedorn

Currently Serving

The area in which she worked resembled a mini United Nations - with many different ethnic groups...this provided the opportunity to work for peace and justice on a practical annd an educational level.

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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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Sister Catherine Burns

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​Sr. Catherine Burns was born in Williamsburg, Iowa. She entered the Congregation of the Humility of Mary in 1957 and made her first vows in 1960.

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