At sunset, on Friday evening, April 17, 2009, the soul of our Sr. Carolita took flight for the kingdom of heaven. It was time. Outside the bedroom, her beloved robins and cardinals urged her on with their evening song. At her bedside, Sr. Carol Jander, one of her students from her early years of teaching, tenderly held her hand – representing the hundreds of ‘little hands’ which Sr. Carolita had lovingly held over the course of 55 years. Taking to heart the words of Jesus, “I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven …” (Mt 18:3), she died as she had lived.
Born on May 30, 1924, Mary Dilla was welcomed into life by her cherished parents, Karol Dilla and Mary Lehman. Over the course of her many years, she considered herself blessed to have not only six loving brothers and one sister, but wonderful in‐laws, and many nieces and nephews who brought so much joy to her life.