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.

In Memory of Millie Baird, Associate

Wednesday, 09 April 2008 20:00
 Millie

April 10, 2008

On April 10, East Three Associate Millicent (Millie) Baird passed away in Catherine Kasper Home. Millie is survived by three daughters, including Sister Mary Baird, PHJC. She also leaves six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren to cherish her memories. Millie was 98 years old.

Millie was born in Edwardsville, Illinois, and lived many years in Tucson, Arizona, before moving to Maria Center in Donaldson. Throughout her life she belonged to St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Edwardsville, the Daughters of Isabella, Holy Trinity Ladies Club-Sacristan in Tucson, and volunteered many years at St. Elizabeth of Hungary Clinic in Tucson. Among her favorite activities was to sew comforters and to crochet afghans and hats for the poor. She also volunteered in soup kitchens and food and clothing distribution centers and visited elderly and ill persons in their homes.

Millie was one of the founding Associates in 1983. She received special recognition for 20 years as an Associate in 2003 and this year marked her 25th year as an Associate.

Millie’s Mass of Christian Burial was at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Edwardsville, with interment in Calvary Cemetery in Glen Carbon, Illinois on April 18.

May Millie rest in peace.

 Kathleen (Katie)

March 28, 2008

On March 28, Quincy Associate Kathleen (Katie) Druffel passed away. She was 82 years old. She is survived by her husband, Robert Druffel; eight children and their spouses; six stepchildren and their spouses; fourteen grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Katie was considered a well-known volunteer and activist in her community. In 1978 she received the Quincy Exchange Club’s Golden Deeds Award, and later she was named one of KHZA TV’s “7 Who Care.”

She is a past president of the Quincy American Legion Auxiliary, the Altar Society of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, the Parents and Friends Club of Christian Brothers High School and the Quincy Deanery Council of Catholic Women. She had been an Avon representative for over 40 years. She also delivered the Quincy Herald-Whig newspaper until she was well into her 70s.

As an Associate, Katie made her First Commitment in 1993. This year will mark her fifteenth year in the Associate Community.

Katie’s Mass of Christian Burial was in Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, and she was laid to rest in Calvary Cemetery in Quincy on March 30.

May she rest in peace.

Sister Helen

June 25, 1940 - March 26, 2008

Sister Helen Wojciechowicz, PHJC passed away on March 26, 2008 at the St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, Plymouth, Indiana. She was born to Phil and Mary Agnes Wojciechowicz on June 25, 1940 in Chicago, Illinois. She entered the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ community and professed her first vows on July 16, 1961.

Sister Helen ministered as a nurse at various PHJC Hospitals in Illinois and Indiana which included: St. Anne, Chicago; St. Catherine, East Chicago; St. Joseph, Mishawaka; St. Mary Mercy, Gary; and St. Joseph, Fort Wayne. She also ministered at Angel Guardian Orphanage, Chicago. She then provided Community service until she retired to the Catherine Kasper Home in 1988.

May she rest in peace!

Memorial contributions may be made to the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ, PO Box 1, Donaldson, IN 46513.

 Catherine (Katie)

February 14, 2008

On February 14 East One Associate Catherine (Katie) Shollenberger passed away in Fort Wayne, Indiana. She was 83 years old and had been ill for some time. Her husband Bob had passed away in 1970. Together they had three children: Susan, Mark and Karen. Along with her children, she is survived by four granddaughters: Jenaba, Bree, Kay and Grace.

Katie served 20 years in the Ft. Wayne Community Schools as a teacher’s aide until 1994. She was an active volunteer for many worthy organizations and causes. Among her activities were serving as a Girl Scout leader, volunteering at St. Peters Church, Lakeside Little League organization, and for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

Katie became an Associate in 2000 and was very proud to be a member of the Associate Community and to enjoy the Sisters and Associates in East One. She was recognized in 2005 on her fifth anniversary as an Associate.

In 2002, Katie traveled with other Associates, friends of the PHJC Congregation, and a Sister to Dernbach, Germany for a pilgrimage sponsored by the Associate Office. While in Europe on that pilgrimage, she also enjoyed Assisi, the Vatican, and other sites in Rome, Italy; and the Netherlands.

Katie’s Mass of Christian Burial was on February 18 at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Fort Wayne, and she was laid to rest in Fort Wayne’s Catholic Cemetery.

May Katie rest in peace.

In Memory of Sister Lauretta Molitor, PHJC

Thursday, 07 February 2008 19:00
Sister Lauretta

May 12, 1912 - February 8, 2008

Sister Lauretta Molitor, PHJC passed away on February 8, 2008 at the Catherine Kasper Home, Donaldson, Indiana. She was born Alfrida Molitor to Henry and Caroline Molitor on May 12, 1912 in Germantown, Illinois. She entered the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ community and professed her first vows on June 25, 1933. She was celebrating her 75-year jubilee this year.

Sister Lauretta was a teacher for 56 years. For 25 of those years, she taught at St. Mary School, Trenton, Illinois. She also ministered in other schools in Illinois, Minnesota and Indiana where she was loved by both the students and the parents. Sr. Lauretta retired to the Catherine Kasper Home in 1990.

May she rest in peace!

Memorial contributions may be made to the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ, PO Box 1, Donaldson, IN 46513.

In Memory of Sister Mary Gerard Holtgrave, PHJC

Wednesday, 05 December 2007 19:00
Sister Mary Gerard

August 14, 1911 - December 6, 2007

Sister Mary Gerard Holtgrave, PHJC passed away on December 6, 2007 at the Catherine Kasper Home, Donaldson, Indiana. She was born Amanda Holtgrave to Gerhard and Catherine Holtgrave on August 14, 1911 in St. Rose, Illinois. She entered the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ community and professed her first vows on June 25, 1935.

Sister Mary Gerard was an educator for most of her life. She ministered in schools in Illinois and Indiana as a teacher and as a principal. Even after her retirement to the Catherine Kasper Home in 1990, she continued to tutor people. She felt that teaching was her special calling.

May she rest in peace!

Memorial contributions may be made to the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ, PO Box 1, Donaldson, IN 46513.

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