In Memory


Let us constantly pray for our own salvation and that of all the dear Sisters, indeed, for all people, that we may live and die piously and attain the beautiful heaven.

St. Katharina to Sister Fausta, December 21, 1892
 

Many people ask where a Sister is buried in Mt. Carmel Cemetery so while they are visiting The Center at Donaldson, they can pay their respects. Click here for an alphabetical listing of Sisters and where they are buried. A map of the cemetery explains blocks/rows/plots.

 Joe

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.

 Joe

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.

 Rita

January 14, 1941 - September 25, 2020

Rita T. Nordhaus, age 79, of Germantown, passed away Friday, September 25, 2020 at her home.

She was born January 14, 1941 in Trenton, the daughter of the late Henry and Elizabeth Nordman, Fischer. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Rev. Henry J Fischer; and brothers-in-law, Larry Theising, Von Wheeler, and Arlo Millican. Surviving are her husband Franklin Nordhaus of Germantown, whom she married October 12, 1965. Rita was the mother of three and grandmother of three.

Rita formerly worked at Germantown Trust and Savings Bank in Bartelso and Community Bank of Trenton. She was a member of St. Boniface Catholic Church and Altar Sodality in Germantown, Mater Dei Mothers and Friends, former religion teacher, Girl Scout Leader, and Boy Scout Den Mother. In addition, Rita volunteered at Aviston Countryside Manor; was the dining room hostess at the church picnic for many years; and was an avid blood donor. She enjoyed playing cards, traveling, playing jokes on her family at Christmas, going to her grandchildren’s sporting events, and spending time with her family. Per her fellow PHJC Associate and friend, Kit Timmerman, Rita was always an optimist, and she spent much time praying. She said Rita loved going out to eat with friends, especially a group of friends that all attended Ancilla Domini. This year Rita was honored for her 10th anniversary as a PHJC Associate.

Memorial Mass was held September 30, 2020 at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Germantown with Rev. Adrian Fischer and Rev. James Buerster concelebrating. Interment followed in St. Boniface Cemetery, Germantown.

In Memory of Sister Agnes Muehlenfeld, PHJC

Monday, 11 January 2021 12:03

Sister Agnes Muehlenfeld (Joan), Poor Handmaid of Jesus Christ, died on January 7, 2021 at the Catherine Kasper Home, Donaldson, Indiana.

She was born in Quincy, Illinois on June 17, 1928 to Arthur and Caecilia (Broemmel) who preceded her in death along with her brothers James, Arthur and Joseph and her sisters Virginia Muehlenfeld, Rita Schulte and Milly Bruce. Sister was the sixth of seven children.

Sister Agnes entered the Poor Handmaids at the age of 18 in 1946. She professed her vows on June 25, 1949. Her ministry included time in Gary, IN and Milwaukee, WI. In both of these missions, she was a house Sister and cared for the needs of the Sisters who lived there. Sister’s longest ministry for 50 years was at the PHJC Motherhouse in Donaldson, IN. The Sisters lovingly recall that part of her ministry consisted in playing jokes on people. She considered this as her “hobby.” Sister lived her life of innocent fun, but Sister felt the favorite part of being a sister was the service she was able to offer to God for many years and the great graces she received in that service.

She officially retired on July 4, 2017 when she moved to the Catherine Kasper Home.

A private visitation will be held at the Ancilla Domini Chapel at the Center of Donaldson, IN on Friday, January 15, 2021 from 9:30 am to 11 am EST. The Mass of Resurrection will follow in the Chapel at 11:00 am EST and burial will follow the Liturgy in Mt. Carmel Cemetery, Donaldson, IN. The services will be livestreamed beginning at 11:00 am EST: www.poorhandmaids.org/live.

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

In Memory of Sister Margaret Urban, PHJC

Monday, 11 January 2021 10:23

Sister Margaret Urban (formerly Sister Raymond), Poor Handmaid of Jesus Christ (PHJC) died on January 5, 2021 at the Catherine Kasper Home, Donaldson, Indiana.

She was born in Wanlock, Iowa to Thomas and Mary (Slahta) who preceded her in death along with her brothers Bill, Thomas and Frank McEllis and her sisters Leona Vilianoff and Marie Spencer. She was the oldest of 6 children. Sister Margaret is survived by several nieces.

Sister Margaret entered the Poor Handmaid Community on December 1, 1942 taking the name Sister Raymond and professed her vows on June 25, 1945.

Sister Margaret received her B.A. from Alverno College Milwaukee WI and her Master’s degree from St. Mary College Winona MN. She was a Teacher/Principal for her initial years in ministry. She ministered at St. Augustine Chicago IL; St. Joseph Mishawaka IN; Angel Guardian Orphanage Chicago IL; St. Boniface Edwardsville IL; St. Monica Mishawaka IN; and St. Mary’s East Chicago IN. In 1987 she joined the community at St. Catherine of Siena Convent and for 18 years she provided Parish Ministry specifically to shut-ins. In 2005 she moved to the PHJC Motherhouse in Donaldson IN and provided community service. Sister was a witty conversationalist and had a wonderful sense of humor. She was an endearing friend and advocate for the elderly. Most especially Sister enjoyed her moments spending time before the Blessed Sacrament.

Sister Margaret lived for 2 years at Catherine’s Cottage and in 2015 she moved to the Catherine Kasper Home at the Center of Donaldson, IN.

A private visitation will be held at the Ancilla Domini Chapel at the Center of Donaldson, IN on Monday, January 11, 2021 from 9:30 am to 11 am EST. The Mass of Resurrection will follow in the Chapel at 11:00 a.m. EST and burial will follow the Liturgy in Mt. Carmel Cemetery, Donaldson, IN. The services will be livestreamed beginning at 11:00 am EST: www.poorhandmaids.org/live.

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

In Memory of Sister Julia Barry, PHJC

Wednesday, 25 November 2020 09:16

Sister Julia Barry (Catherine), Poor Handmaid of Jesus Christ (PHJC) died on November 23, 2020 at the Catherine Kasper Home, Donaldson, Indiana. She was 95 years of age.

Sister was born in Belleville, IL to Patrick and Julia (Geehan) who preceded her in death along with her only sibling, Sister Christine Barry PHJC. Her parents were born in Ireland. Sister is survived by very special cousins.

Sister Julia entered the Poor Handmaid Community on September 8, 1943 and she professed her vows on June 25, 1946. On the occasion of her 70th Jubilee sister stated: “As I reflect on my life, I am grateful for the 70 years of my vowed life as a Poor Handmaid of Jesus Christ. Seventy years ago, I did not realize the journey God had for me, or the plan of ministry He had for me. Now after many years of living in Community, I would gladly do it all over again.”

Sister Julia ministered in a variety of ways over the years, including homemaker, childcare, parish ministry, care for the elderly and community service. Places of ministry included St. Henry, Chicago IL; Angel Guardian Orphanage, Chicago IL; St. Vincent Villa, Fort Wayne IN; St. John Orphanage Belleville IL; St. Boniface Edwardsville IL; St. Mary Edwardsville IL; St. Augustine Chicago IL; Holy Angels School Gary IN; and 24 years of community service at the PHJC Motherhouse in Donaldson, IN.

She officially retired to Catherine Kasper Home in September 2016 at the Center in Donaldson, IN.

A private visitation will be held at the Ancilla Domini Chapel Friday, November 27, 2020 from 9:30 am to 11 am EST. The Mass of Resurrection will follow in the Chapel at 11:00 a.m. EST and burial will follow the Liturgy in Mt. Carmel Cemetery, Donaldson, IN. The services will be livestreamed at: www.poorhandmaids.org/live.

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

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