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 Florence Niemet , OSF

Sr_Florence_NiemetSister Florence Niemet died peacefully at Our Lady of Angels Retirement Home on Saturday, February 20, 2010. Her illness was not a prolonged one, and even a few weeks before her death she could be seen in the Chapel balcony participating in daily Mass.

Florence was born to Michael and Josephine (Mikolajczyk) Niemet on October 1, 1916, in Chicago. She was baptized on October 15, 1916, at St. Hyacinth Church in Chicago. Florence was the middle child in a family of five. Her brothers, George and Edward are deceased as is her sister Emily. Her sister Bernice is still living.

Florence’s early education took place at Portage Park School, grades 1 through 4, and continued at St. Pascal’s, grades 5 through 8. She attended Carl Schurz High School and completed her secondary education at St. Francis Academy as an aspirant.

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Remembering Sister Verna Furiel, OSF

Furiel_Verna Jubilee 2007_webIn the early hours of December 26, 2009, Sister
Verna Furiel received the precious gift which her
heart had long desired. Holding fast to the hope
that she would “be celebrating Christmas in
heaven,” her Advent waiting came to an end and
her expectation was fulfilled with the vision of the
Eternal Christmas. Enduring the pain and suffering
of her final days with a sense of blessed assurance,
Sister Verna was an exemplar of confidence in the
presence of Emmanuel, God‐with‐Us. A Franciscan
through and through, her parting gift of love to all
those whom she treasured in life will be forever
wrapped in the peace and joy of Christmas.

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Remembering Sister M. Carol Ann Novak, OSF

NovakCarol Ann_webBorn on February 3, 1924, in Cleveland, Ohio, Adeline Beatrice Novak was the youngest of three children born to Charles and Anna Novak. Recognized early on in life as a quiet, responsible and cheerful person, Adeline was a natural born teacher and someone who inspired others by her kindness and gentle manner. From the time of her entrance into the postulancy on September 8, 1942, she embraced her Franciscan vocation wholeheartedly and grounded her commitment to community and service in a life of prayer and spiritual growth.

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Remembering Sister Regina Marie Anson, OSF

AnsonRegina Marie_webOn Monday, September 14, 2009, Sister Regina Marie Anson slipped peacefully into eternity at 3:00 in the afternoon. The Lord called her to her eternal reward after Sister’s health declined during her last years at Our Lady of Angels.

Born on November 25, 1921, Sister Regina Marie was given the name Ione Marie by her loving parents William R. Anson and Regina (Hennessy)
Anson. She was baptized at St. Raymond Church on December 4, 1921. Ione was the oldest of three siblings: her brother, Father William Anson, CSV (now deceased) and twin sisters Marilyn Taylor (deceased) and Marjorie Ann Nelson who still resides in Joliet.

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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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