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Friday, 02 July 2021 09:55

In Memory of Sister Florence Kuhn, PHJC

Wednesday, 26 May 2021 11:05

Sister Florence Kuhn (Sister Virginice), Poor Handmaid of Jesus Christ, died on May 25, 2021 at the Catherine Kasper Home, Donaldson, Indiana.

She was born in Quincy, IL on June 16, 1923 to Theodore and Anna (Kroeger) who preceded her in death along with her brothers Albert, John, Clarence, and Carl and her sisters Virginia and Esther. She was the sixth of seven children. She is survived by her sister-in-law Margie Kuhn and several nieces and nephews.

Sister Florence entered the Poor Handmaid Community in 1941 taking the name Sister Virginice. Sr. Florence professed her vows on June 25, 1944.

Sister Florence graduated with a B.S. in Humanities at Loyola University, Chicago, IL and received her Master’s degree in Special Reading from Cardinal Stritch College. Her primary ministry for 43 years included assignments for St. Augustine, Chicago, IL; Angel Guardian Orphanage, Chicago, IL; St. Mary’s Edwardsville, IL; Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Hammond, IN; St. John’s Belleville, IL; Germantown Elementary, Germantown, IL; St. Mary’s Mt. Carmel, IL and St. Mary’s East Chicago, IN. Semi retirement provided time for her to be a Sister Hostess at St. Mary Medical in Gary, IN and then for Pastoral Care activities at St. Vincent’s Nursing Home in Quincy, IL.

No life story would be complete without acknowledging that Sister was a diehard Cardinal baseball fan. Visitors to her room might readily conclude that was so true when viewing walls, mementos and often her clothing. Her excitement with the Cardinal teams passed onto others most especially to those when she ministered when she was close to St. Louis not so much the Chicago area!

She officially retired on February 17, 2013 and moved to Catherine’s Cottage and then moved to the Catherine Kasper Home at the Center of Donaldson, IN.

Visitation will be held at the Ancilla Domini Chapel at the Center of Donaldson, IN on Friday, May 28, 2021 from 9:30 am to 11 am ET. The Mass of Resurrection will follow in the Chapel at 11:00 am ET and burial will follow the Liturgy in Mt. Carmel Cemetery, Donaldson, IN. The services will be livestreamed beginning at 11:00 am ET:

Memorial contributions may be made to the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ, PO Box 1, Donaldson, Indiana 46513 or on

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Word Gathering (Spring 2021)

Wednesday, 07 April 2021 17:05

April 7, 1927 - October 26, 2020

Strengthened by the Holy Sacraments, Agatha DeBrock, Associate from Leopold, Missouri, passed peacefully into the arms of Jesus on Monday, Oct. 26, 2020.

Born Agatha Bernadine Tenholder to Martin and JoHannah Tenholder April 7, 1927, she was the third of six children. As a child, she loved swinging on the barn swing, the outdoors and her family. Agatha graduated from St. Mary's High School in 1946. She met her future husband, Edward DeBrock, at a dance where he was playing music. They married on August 27, 1947. From their union, they were blessed with four children, Elaine, Philip, Debbie and Kathy, all living in Leopold; nine grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

Agatha celebrated her thirty-third year as a Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ Associate this year. She is survived by a sister, Juliana Elfrink, also a PHJC Associate. Together as Associates, they often worked side by side with the PHJC Sisters who ministered in Cairo, IL. They would meet them for dinner or offer their summer cottage as a place to find rest from their ministries. Agatha was a faithful member of St. John's Catholic Church in Leopold. She was a past president of the Legion of Mary, past president of the Ladies Sodality, a Parish School of Religion teacher since 1953 and a proud Red Cross volunteer. Her Catholic faith meant everything to her.

Agatha joins her parents; four siblings; her husband; her son, Philip and two grandchildren, Christopher and Jessica in heaven.

The Funeral Mass was held on November 2, 2021 at St. John’s Catholic Church with the Rev. David Coon officiating.


March 22, 1931 - November 1, 2020

Richard "Dick" Mitchell, Sr. age 89, of Quincy passed-away peacefully surrounded by his children. Dick was born in Mifflin County, PA on March 22, 1931, a son of John Henry and Florence May (Lynch) Mitchell. He married Barb Mason on June 21, 1952 in Quincy's St. Boniface Catholic Church and she survives. Dick was the father of seven sons and ten daughters; grandfather of sixty-eight; great grandfather of seventy; and great great grandfather of six.

Dick served his country as a member of the U.S. Army. He worked at Gardner Denver for twenty-three years prior to his retirement. He was devout Catholic who was actively involved at the former St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, serving as a Eucharistic Minister for several years and was part of the Over-the-Hill Gang. He was an Associate of the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ for twenty-six years, he volunteered as a member of the St. Vincent Home Auxiliary, he had membership in the Knights of Columbus and W.C.U. Dick participated in Teens Encounter Christ, Quest, Cursillo and Residents Encounter Christ.

Dick liked camping and being outdoors. He had been active with both the Boy Scouts and the Girl Scouts. He was known as Smokey the Bear at Camp Saukenauk, and he enjoyed his Boy Scout trips and canoeing.

He worked hard to provide for his family instilling in his children the ethic of hard work by his example.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held November 6, 2020 at in St. Francis Solanus Catholic Church. Interment in Calvary Cemetery.

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