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Remembering Sister June (Donald Marie) Marshall, OSF

Marshall_JuneOn Tuesday, November 26, 2013, early in the afternoon, our sister, June Marshall, made the final stitch on the embroidery of her life, an intricate piece of needlework which took 79 years to complete. Trusting in God’s will and steadfast in her desire to make of her life a reflection of God’s handiwork, she endeavored to follow a unique and sometimes complicated pattern of divine design. Mindful of the underside of all needlework, especially the embroidery of life, June was no stranger to the shadows that accentuate the knots and twists, and the seemingly mismatched threads of being human. Yet, she also was familiar with those experiences of grace and inner peace that come when the light of Christ shines bright as the morning sun, revealing the preciousness and significance of each embroidery of life, topside up.

Born in Toledo, Ohio, on August 21, 1934, June Rose Marshall was the eldest of five children born to Eleanore (Schroeder) and Joseph Marshall. Attentive to her parents and to her siblings, Donald, Gary, Michael and Barbara, June was a devoted daughter and older sister. She began her elementary education at Sacred Heart School in Toledo. In second grade, she transferred to Immaculate Conception School in Darby and after graduation from eighth grade, she attended Central Catholic High School for two years. Inspired by the Sisters whom she knew as teachers, June experienced a call to religious life, and in September of 1949 she became an aspirant with the Sisters of St. Francis of Mary Immaculate and completed her secondary school education at St. Francis Academy in Joliet, Illinois.

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Remembering Sister Tecla (Mary Cephas) Snyder, OSF

Tecla_webAs we approach the Feast of Christ the King and the end of the Church’s liturgical year, our Sister Tecla quietly made her way to the King’s Court and the end of her earthly life. It was shortly before midnight on November 15, while the nurse stepped out to get some medication, that Sister Tecla responded to the divine invitation with her song: “Alaboré a Mi Seńor” (Praise to my Lord!).

Sister Tecla was born in Mansfield, Ohio, on March 21, 1923, to the late Anna Santos and Lester J. Snyder, and baptized Thekla Adilla Snyder, at St. Peter’s Church. She was the third of five children: her brother Frederick, sisters Florence and Lucille (all deceased) and her sister Elizabeth who resides in Mansfield, Ohio. After attending Hedges Grade School and Mansfield Senior High School, Tecla, inspired and encouraged by the Joliet Franciscans teaching at St. Peter’s, entered the postulancy of the Sisters of St. Francis of Mary Immaculate on September 4, 1940. Tecla completed her senior year in high school and graduated from St. Francis Academy in 1941. Entering the novitiate in August of 1941, Tecla was given the name Sister Mary Cephas. Two years later she made her first profession, and in 1946 pronounced her final vows to which she has been faithful for these past 70 years.

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Remembering Sister (Mary) Alcuin Kelly, OSF

alcuin_webAs Pope Francis, along with Franciscans throughout the world, celebrated with great joy the feast of Godʹs Troubadour, our Sister Alcuin peacefully completed her transitus from this life to eternal life, a passage accompanied at its end by the soft notes of sparrows whose autumn medley gave expression to the heartfelt religious sentiment that served to orient the life of our beloved violoncellist: ʺsoli Deo gloria ‐ glory to God alone.ʺ (JS Bach)

Born in Sidney, Nebraska, on July 23, 1917, Agnes Kelly was the third of twelve children born to Francis and Anna (Reinke) Kelly. As a young child, she moved with her family from Nebraskaʹs panhandle to Falls City in the southeastern part of the state. Raised in Saints Peter and Paul Parish, she attended Lake Side Public School and Sacred Heart Academy where she was taught by the Ursuline sisters. As a young adolescent, following the example of her two older sisters, Bernardine and Marie Terese, Agnes made her way to Joliet, Illinois, to become an aspirant with the Sisters of St. Francis of Mary Immaculate. She attended St. Francis Academy and as her 16th birthday approached, with a supportive recommendation from her aspirant mistress, Sister Apollonia, she prepared to enter the Postulancy in the Fall of 1933. In August of 1934, she was received as novice by Mother Thomasine and given her religious name, Sr. Mary Alcuin. Two years later, she professed her first vows and proceeded on her journey into an unfolding future of 80 years of consecrated life as a Joliet Franciscan.

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Remembering Sister Anne Marie (Grace Cecile) Furiel, OSF

Furiel_webOn the evening of August 25, our Sister Anne Marie Furiel was called by the Lord she loved and served so well to enter into eternal peace and joy — where heavenly choirs no doubt welcomed her!

Born January 31, 1925, to Olga (Hermann) Furiel and Thomas Furiel, Anne Marie was baptized Anna Mae but later was called Anne Marie. She was raised in Joliet and attended St. Francis Academy (now Joliet Catholic Academy) and the College of St. Francis (now the University of St. Francis) where she earned both Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Music degrees.

Anne Marie entered the postulancy of the Joliet Franciscans on February 1, 1942 – just one day after her seventeenth birthday. When she became a novice she was given the name “Sister Grace Cecile.” Years later she returned to the name by which we know her – Sister Anne Marie.

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Remembering Sister Marie (Euphemia) Grunloh, OSF

Sr_Marie_Grunloh_webWhen it came to living the Gospel way of life, Sister Marie Grunloh was a Sister of St. Francis through and through. How appropriate that her soul would make its journey home to God on the Feast of St. Luke the Evangelist, where the words of the dayʹs Gospel concluded: ʺThe Kingdom of God is at hand for you.ʺ (Lk10:9) With a resolute and grateful heart, Sister Marie surely welcomed the arrival of Sister Death with great joy.

Born to John and Elizabeth (Schumacher) Grunloh, Marie was the fourth of six children. As a young girl in Green Creek, Illinois, Marie was intelligent and curious about the world around her. She received the faith passed on from her parents and extended family with eagerness and enthusiasm. Growing up at a time when two World Wars and the Great Depression shaped the lives and consciences of an entire generation, Marie was particularly attuned to Godʹs holy manner of working in and through her life. Inspired and influenced by the Franciscan Friars of the Sacred Heart Province as well as the Joliet Franciscan Sisters, Marie (as well as her dear brothers, Rev. Donatus, OFM and Rev. Melvin, OFM), was nurtured in her desire to embrace the Franciscan way of life.

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Remembering Sister Mary Ann (Daniel Marie) Schnelker, OSF

Schnelker_webEarly in the morning of Sunday, January 9, 2011, our sister MaryAnn took her final breath, quietly taking her leave from those who had surrounded her with love in her final hours and, indeed, throughout her life. How fitting that the completion of her commitment to the Lord at Baptism through the living out of her vows of profession, should reach its summation on the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord. Surely, she was greeted by the Lord, who tenderly took her by the hand, saying: “Welcome, my chosen one, in whom I have delighted.” (Isaiah 42:1)

Born in Crestline, Ohio, on February 3, 1937, Mary Ann was the eldest of six children lovingly brought into the world by her parents Joseph and Mary (Johnston) Schnelker. Baptized and confirmed at St. Joseph’s Church in Galion, Ohio, she was educated at St. Joseph’s School and St. Patrick’s School, also in Galion, Ohio. As an aspirant with the Sisters of St. Francis, Mary Ann attended at St. Francis Academy in Joliet, Illinois. She entered the Congregation as a postulant on September 6, 1954. The following year, on August 13, 1955, she was received into the novitiate and given the name Sr. Daniel Marie. Two years later, she made her first profession and enthusiastically embarked upon a thirty‐year ministry of teaching and elementary school administration, a career for which she was prepared at the College of St. Francis and Northern Illinois University. Making her final profession in August of 1960, she definitively embraced the Franciscan way of life.

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Remembering Sister Mary Ann Creely, OSF

Sr_MaryAnn_Creely“We cannot see the future or what it has in store for us, but we are open to what God has planned for us … a continuation of the mystery of life. Truly, life is a mystery to be lived!” Under the banner of these words, our Sister Mary Ann Creely endeavored throughout her life to help the People of God whom she served as a teacher, principal, counselor, pastoral minister, friend and sister, to remain confident in the providence of God and to find meaning in the challenges that life put before them. Though these words from 1997 may not have been intended originally as a parting gift to those she whom she would leave behind as she made her way home to God at the break of dawn on the Feast of St. Patrick in 2010, they take on new meaning in the light of her unexpected death and the legacy of her life.

Born on the northwest side of Chicago on January 6, 1933, the Feast of the Epiphany, Mary Ann Creely was the fifth of eight daughters born to Thomas and Rose (Franc) Creely. Baptized at St. Pascal Church, she attended the parish school where she came under the influence and inspiration of the Sisters of St. Francis of Mary Immaculate. At the age of thirteen, Mary Ann became an aspirant with the Joliet Franciscans and studied at St. Francis Academy. On September 6, 1948, she entered the postulancy and on August 12, 1949, she became a novice, receiving the name Sister Mary Ronald. She made her First Profession on August 12, 1951, and three years later, on August 13, 1954, she made her Perpetual Profession. Cultivating long and lasting friendships among her Joliet Franciscan sisters as well as the Rochester Franciscan sisters and the Franciscan Sisters of Penance and Christian Charity (Stella Niagra) with whom she also lived, Sister Mary Ann invested herself in creating the conditions for living the evangelical life in the context of life‐giving communities of faith, hope and love.

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Remembering Sister M. Karen Kauderer, OSF

Karen_KaudererSister Karen Kauderer slipped quietly into eternity in the evening on Sunday, March 7, 2010, at Provena St. Joseph Medical Center after being hospitalized earlier in the week.

Born on May 11, 1915, she was baptized Eileen Ida at St. Peter’s Church in Columbus, Ohio. She was the eldest of nine children born to August and Elizabeth (Schneider) Kauderer.

Eileen attended St. Leo’s elementary school in Columbus. She graduated from Sacred Heart, a two year commercial school in June, 1931. After completing her education, Eileen worked as a dressmaker and housekeeper. In September of 1943 she applied to enter the Congregation. On January 29, 1944, she became a postulant.

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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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