Remembering Sister Pamela Matlosz, OSF

MatlozPamela_webIn early morning hours of August 22, 2009, our sister, Pamela Ann Matlosz, was drawn into the fullness of God’s everlasting love, buoyed up by the words that had filled her heart with hope in the midst of suffering, she entered into the waters of that great Divine mystery where “Deep calls unto deep…” (Psalm 42:7), singing her song of love to the God of her life” Psalm 42:7‐8.

Born to Joseph and Alice Matlosz on June 14, 1944, Pam grew up on the southeast side of Chicago. Baptized at Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary parish, she was educated at the parish elementary schools of St. Michael and St. Mary Magdalene. She graduated from Sts. Peter and Paul High School in June of 1962. During the summer of that same year, inspired by the enthusiasm and commitment of the Joliet Franciscan sisters who were her teachers, she decided to follow the call of her heart. Pam shared with her parents and brother, Dennis, her decision to enter the Congregation as a postulant in September. In the company of her classmates, Pam began her studies at the College of St. Francis.

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Remembering Sister M. Armella Schuster, OSF

SchusterArmella_webIn 2001 as she was preparing for her Diamond Jubilee, the 60th anniversary of her profession of First Vows, Sister Armella noted that she had come full circle! In 1941 she was assigned to the kitchen and bakery of the Motherhouse and now 60 years later she returned to her original place of ministry! Army wasn’t much inclined to expressing her spiritual views but when asked to give her legacy she responded: “I leave my enthusiasm to all the Sisters who now have to cook, bake and prepare meals.”

This enthusiasm had long ago been noticed by her directors in the postulancy and novitiate. They described her as “markedly industrious” and “a very dependable domestic Sister.” Sister Eulalia reported her as “hasty”.

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Remembering Sister M. Magdalene Schmitt, OSF

schmitt_sr_magdalene_webSister Magdalene’s life began September 26, 1928, in Leonore, Illinois. Her loving parents, Frances Frings Schmitt and Albert Schmitt, brought their daughter into a family which would soon number six children: three daughters ‐ Eleanore, Elaine and Elizabeth Marie (Sister Magdalene) ‐ all now deceased; three sons ‐ Karl and Wiemar, also deceased, and one son still living ‐ Albert Eugene.

Elizabeth Marie, or Betty, as Sister Magdalene was called as a child, also had a great aunt in this Congregation as well as two cousins: Sisters Ottilia Schmitt, Lucita Mueller and Jovita Mizicko respectively. They too have preceded Sister Magdalene in death.

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Remembering Sister Patricia Britt, OSF

Britt_PatriciaJune 28 had been a glorious summer day. As the sun set and the night sky spoke of quiet and peace, Sister Patricia Britt’s earthly journey concluded as she responded to the Lord’s call to “Come home.” At 8:25 PM, just two days before her 79th birthday, Pat’s long struggle with illness came to an end as she entered into the glory of eternity.

Patricia Joann Britt was born to Charles and Leonore Britt on July 1, 1930 in Columbus, Ohio. She was the couple’s first child and soon became “big sister” to Dolores, Charles, Jeanine and James.

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Remembering Sister Angela Marie Kostolec, OSF

Sr_Angela_Marie_KostolecOn Friday evening, May 29, 2009, Sister Angela Marie Kostelec made her journey home to God, surrounded by devoted nieces, nephews, and cousins, along with her Joliet Franciscan sisters, who had kept vigil at her bedside for several days.

Born on May 6, 1908, little Angela was welcomed into life by her parents, Mary and Anthony Kostelec and baptized at St. Joseph Parish in Joliet, Illinois. The Kostelec family grew until there were nine children – two sons and seven daughters. At the age of seven, Angela lost her mother to death and at the age of nine her father died as well. Despite this enormous loss, Angela and her siblings built their lives on their parents’ legacy of love and faith. Influenced by the care and concern of the Joliet Franciscan sisters, Angela Marie and two of her sisters, Frances Marie and Josephine, became members of the Congregation.

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Remembering Sister M. Carolita Dilla, OSF

Carolita_DillaAt 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.

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Remembering Sister M. Merwyn Baron, OSF

merwyn_baronOn Monday, March 23, 2009, Sister Merwyn Baron slipped quietly from this life to her eternal reward. She had looked forward to celebrating her one hundredth birthday; that celebration will be with her dearly loved family and friends who have preceded her into eternity.

Anna Baron was the daughter of Mary Harligh and John Baron. She was born in Burnside, Illinois, and resided for some time at Guardian Angel Home. Anna attended St. John’s Elementary School and St. Francis Academy. She entered this Congregation on September 5, 1927, after graduating from the Academy.

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Remembering Sister Mary Gen Wolffran, OSF

Sr_MaryGen_WolfframEarly Wednesday morning, February 18, 2009, Sister Mary Gen Wolffram, after a night of restlessness and struggling, fell into a peaceful sleep and awakened to a life we cannot even imagine! Her many years of limitations and suffering had finally come to an end. The Lord came to take Mary Gen home sometime around 2:00 AM at her cottage in Our Lady of Angels Village. It is certain that her journey with him was truly a dance of joy into her eternal reward!

Mary Genevieve Elizabeth Wolffram was born into this earthly life on December 13, 1933, in Fayetteville, Ohio. Her parents, Mary Genevieve Kelly Wolffram and Charles Harrison Wolffram were undoubtedly thrilled at the birth of their first and only daughter. Mary Gen, the youngest in the family, was brought home to five loving big brothers who were just waiting to spoil her! Now she has joined her parents and brothers—Harry, John, Joseph, Robert and Samuel.

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Remembering Sister Christine Tegeler, OSF

Sr_Christine_TegelerFebruary 7, 2009, dawned as an unusually warm and sunny day, with a hint of spring and new beginnings in the air. For Sister Christine it would be a day like no other, for the Lord came for her that morning. After much pain and suffering, Sister Christine experienced a new beginning, an eternal spring in which death would be no more.

Christine Anastasia Tegeler’s life began November 14, 1921, in Green Creek, Illinois. She was baptized at Our Lady Help of Christians Parish in Green Creek, Illinois. She was born into a family of two sisters—Magdalen and Louise—and seven brothers: Lawrence, George, Conrad, Aloysius, Henry, Frank and Alphonse. Her parents, Elizabeth Ludwig Tegeler and Henry Tegeler provided a loving home for their family. But when Christine was only ten, her father died at the age of fifty, leaving her mother to raise ten children from ages five months to nineteen years. All the older children had to help out with the farm, but they remained close. Christine believed that what sustained them as a family was their love of music. They often spent evenings on the porch singing and literally entertaining the neighbors.

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