In Memory

In Memory

Sister Marjaleen Kelley (Kathleen Kelley) PHJC died on March 9, 2017 at the Catherine Kasper Home in Donaldson, Indiana. 

“If I could, I would,” was Sister Marjaleen’s motto. “I can’t just be a nun – I must be a GOOD nun and a GOOD teacher.” Choosing to be a Poor Handmaid of Jesus Christ enabled her to give the love of Christ to many students during her 60 years as a teacher. “I was able to reach children in a way that taught both of us how to be closest to God.”  

Sister Marjaleen ministered as teacher and organist in Chicago and Belleville, Illinois; Gary and Lake Station, Indiana. She served as an elementary school principal in Fort Wayne, Hammond, and Gary, Indiana.  From 2005 to 2011 she served  as a hostess/volunteer at St. Mary Medical Center in Hobart, Indiana.  Sister Marjaleen officially retired to the Catherine Kasper Home in 2011. 

Sister Marjaleen was born in Gary, Indiana on September 27, 1927 to James and Margaret (Mock) Kelley who preceded her in death with siblings James Kelley, Mary Isabelle Glenn, Margaret Lawrence, John Kelley, Dorothy Krasne, Evelyn Kelley, Eleanore Radigan, and Robert Kelley. 

Sr. Marjaleen attended St. Mark Grade School and Lew Wallace High School in Gary. On September 8, 1945 she entered the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ Congregation in Donaldson, Indiana and professed her first vows on June 26, 1948. Sister received her Bachelor of Education degree from Alverno College in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and her Masters of Education from St. Francis College in Fort Wayne, Indiana.  

Sister Marjaleen is survived by many nieces and nephews including Margo Ludwig, Sister Kathleen Kelley, PHJC and her close friend Sr. Celine Tomasic, PHJC. 

Visitation will be held at the Ancilla Domini Chapel at The Center at Donaldson in Donaldson, Indiana on Sunday, March12, 2017 beginning at 4:30 p.m.  A Prayer Service will be held that same evening at 7:00 p.m. EDT. 

Funeral Liturgy will be held in the Ancilla Domini Chapel at The Center at Donaldson in Donaldson, Indiana on Monday, March 13, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. EDT 

Burial will follow in the Mt. Carmel Cemetery, Donaldson. 

Memorial contributions in memory of Sr Marjaleen may be made to the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ, PO Box 1, Donaldson, Indiana 46513.

In Memory of Sister Richilde Dettmer, PHJC

Tuesday, 24 January 2017 10:19

Sister Richilde Dettmer, (Pauline) PHJC passed away on January 22, 2017 at the Catherine Kasper Home in Donaldson, Indiana.

Sister Richilde was born on March 23, 1919 in Hartington, Nebraska to George and Theresa (Frigge) Dettmer who preceded her in death along with her step-mother, Rosa (Alfes) and seven brothers: Father Aloysius, Ted, Clement, Edmund, John, Leonard and Father Alfred.

Leaving Nebraska, the family moved to Donaldson, Indiana where her father and brother found work with the Poor Handmaid Sisters. She started work at the hospital in LaPorte, Indiana, which was owned by the Poor Handmaids. The Sisters at the hospital impressed her with their simple living and prayerful life so much so, that she decided to join the congregation.

She entered the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ Community as a postulant on December 23, 1937 and professed her first vows on June 25, 1940. 

Sister Richilde studied Liberal Arts at Ancilla College, Donaldson and Chicago City Junior College; Nursing at St. Francis College, Joliet, Illinois; and Sociology at Loyola University, Chicago.

Her desire to travel and experience new cultures led her to volunteer to care for Cambodian refugees in Thailand in the 1970s. She stated in her 2015 jubilee reflection, “My experience in Thailand opened my eyes to a greater awareness of poverty in the world and my need to support those who work there with my prayers.”

Sister Richilde’s 42 years of loving care as a nurse took her to many ministries. She began her nursing career in 1943 at St. Joseph Hospital, Fort Wayne, Indiana. She also ministered at St. Elizabeth Hospital, Chicago; St. Joseph Hospital, Ashland, Wisconsin; St. Mary Home, Carlyle, Illinois; St. Vincent Villa, Fort Wayne; St. Vincent Home, Quincy, Illinois; St. Mary Hospital, East St. Louis, Illinois; Carlyle Shelticenter, Carlyle, Illinois; Catherine Kasper Home, Donaldson; Meredith Memorial Home, Belleville, Illinois; and Beacon House, Burlington, Iowa.  For several years she provided nursing care to the migrant workers near Plymouth, Indiana and in San Juan, Texas. She retired to the Catherine Kasper Home in 1998. 

Visitation will be held at the Catherine Kasper Home on Wednesday, January 25, 2017 beginning at 4:00 p.m. (EST) A Wake Service will be held the same evening at 4:30 p.m. EST. 

Funeral Liturgy will be held in the Catherine Kasper Home Chapel on Thursday, January 26, 2017 at 11:15 a.m. (EST) Burial will follow in the Mt. Carmel Cemetery, Donaldson, Indiana. 

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

Sister Magdalen Hellmann (Lorraine) PHJC passed away on June 17, 2016 at the Catherine Kasper Home in Donaldson, Indiana, after a life spent appreciating and nurturing the lives of children and all growing things entrusted to her care.

 

Sister Magdalen was born in Aviston, Illinois to Henry and Elizabeth (Ottensmeier) Hellmann who preceded her in death along with her brothers Joseph, Cletus and Stephen and her sisters Genevieve Hellmann and Bernadine Kussatz. Her sister Rita Heimann survives along with many nieces and nephews. Sister Magdalen credited her father and life on the family farm for introducing her to the miracle of birth and growth in both nature and humankind. She entered the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ Community as a postulant on December 8, 1948, professed her first vows on June 25, 1951, and celebrated 65 years as a Poor Handmaid Sister this year.

 

Sister Magdalen earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology and Psychology from Loyola University in Chicago, Illinois in 1960. From 1951 until 1976 Sister ministered as a childcare worker in Chicago (Angel Guardian Children’s Home) and in Belleville, Illinois (St. John’s Children Home). From 1976-1990 she ministered in management at Ancilla Domini Convent in Donaldson, Indiana. From 1990 until 2003 she served as a Sacristan at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart at Notre Dame University. After retiring from Notre Dame and working with college students she returned to working with the younger set…caring for babies at Nazareth Home in East Chicago, Indiana. Following her 11 years at Nazareth Home Sister Magdalen “officially” retired to the Catherine Kasper Home in November 2014.

 

All who knew Sister Magdalen appreciated her gentle sense of humor, her caring ways, her skills with handicrafts, gardening, and quilting. As she appreciated the miracle of growth of the tiny seed into its full potential with God’s help, those who knew her found in her a nurturing, caring, special friend.

 

Visitation will be held at the Catherine Kasper Home on Tuesday, June 21, 2016 beginning at 4:30 p.m. (EST) A Prayer Service will be held the same evening 7:00 p.m.

 

Funeral Liturgy will be held in the Catherine Kasper Home Chapel on Wednesday, June 22, 2016 at 11:15 a.m. (EST) Burial will follow in the Mt. Carmel Cemetery, Donaldson, Indiana.

 

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

Just a one month shy of her 100th birthday and celebration of her 80th Jubilee, Sister Johnilda Mannhard (Marcella), PHJC died on Sunday, April 10, 2016 in the Catherine Kasper Home in Donaldson, Indiana.

 

As a small child, Sister Johnilda wanted to help children especially the handicapped and those whom society deemed socially unacceptable by doing what she could to make people feel better. Sister Johnilda was “mother” to many children at Angel Guardian Orphanage (AGO) in Chicago. During a heartfelt speech at the 2015 AGO reunion, former AGO alumnus Joe Ellis said, “Sister Johnilda is the mother I never had and Angel Guardian was my home growing up. Without her efforts, I would have remained the cold, detached and lost child who showed up on Angel Guardian’s doorstep. I would have been unable to understand or value what was being offered to me here.” Because of Sister’s love and care, Joe and some of her other former “kids” called her the “Angel Guardian.”  Her love for them was evidenced as she continued to write, call and visit with them.   

 

Sister is survived by one sister, Rita (Floyd) Kirstein, and several nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her brothers, Paul (Eileen) Mannhard, Louis (Marcella) Mannhard, Maurice (Vera) Mannhard and her sister Irene (Theodore) Zurliene.

 

Sister Johnilda (Marcella), the oldest of six children, was born in Highland, Illinois to John and Mary (Luber) Mannhard.  She attended St. Mary’s School in Trenton, Illinois where Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ taught.  She knew at a young age she wanted to be a religious Sister. Sister Johnilda attended Ancilla Domini High School in Donaldson, Indiana.  She entered the Poor Handmaid of Jesus Christ Community as a postulant on September 2, 1933 and professed her first vows on June 25, 1936.  She later graduated from DePaul University with a degree in Education.  She began her elementary school teaching career in 1936 until 1956.  In 1956 Sister was missioned to Angel Guardian Orphanage in Chicago where she ministered for 18 years. Sister Johnilda officially retired to the Catherine Kasper Home in 2015.  

 

Visitation will be held from 4:30 p.m.- 8:00 p.m. EDT at the Catherine Kasper Home on Thursday, April 14, 2016.  A Prayer Service will be held the same evening at 7:00 p.m.

 

Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated in the Catherine Kasper Home Chapel on Friday, April 15, 2016 at 11:15 a.m.  Burial will follow in the Mt. Carmel Cemetery, Donaldson, Indiana. 

 

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

In Memory of Sister Patricia Belting, PHJC

Tuesday, 05 January 2016 00:00

Sister Patricia Belting (formerly Sister Louise) a Poor Handmaid of Jesus Christ died on January 5, 2016 in the Catherine Kasper Home in Donaldson, Indiana. Sister Patricia is survived by nieces, Karen(Bill) Peak, and Mary Jones and nephews, Kurt Belting, Joseph Belting, Michael Belting, Mark (Terri) Huffman, Dan (Linda) Huffman, Chris (Ann) Belting, William (Becky) Belting.

 

Sister Patricia’s dedication and love for her family and the PHJC congregation was evident. In her jubilee reflection she wrote, “As I reflect on my life as a PHJC, the word ‘gift’ comes to my mind.  The call to religious life, the PHJC community in particular, continues to be an experience of change, support and growth in all areas of my life, body, mind and spirit.  I see this as a journey to wholeness until it is complete in the Godhead.”

  

A photo history collage of her family hangs in her bedroom where she would gladly reminisce with visitors about her family.  This was a cherished gift she received on her 80th birthday from her niece. 

 

Sister Patricia was born in Mishawaka, Indiana on February 24, 1932 to John and Agnes (Myers) Belting who preceded her in death along with her brother, John (Mary) Belting and her sister Maris (Edwin) Huffman.  She attended St. Joseph Grade School in Mishawaka and one year at Mishawaka High School then completed her high school education at Ancilla High School in Donaldson.  On June 25, 1951 she entered the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ Congregation and professed her first vows on June 25, 1953. Sister received her Bachelor of Education degree at Alverno College in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and her Masters degree in Education at St. Francis College in Fort Wayne, Indiana.  

 

Sister served as a teacher from 1953 until 1975 in Chicago and Edwardsville, Illinois and Black Oak and Hammond in Indiana. In addition to the elementary grades, she was a Montessori teacher in Fort Wayne. Sister Pat commented that, “she thought she would be a teacher until she died, but she was mistaken and she never chose any career it just happened.”  

 

Following teaching, she continued as a Spiritual Counselor and earned her Doctorate of Ministry in Pastoral Counseling from Garret Theological Seminary.  The learned skills were an asset to her as a member of the PHJC Novitiate team in Cincinnati, Ohio.  She was delighted to obtain a Doctorate in Ministry from the Pastoral Service Institute in Bloomington, Illinois and served as a Pastoral Psychotherapist and Transpersonal Therapist at the Samaritan Center in Elkhart, Indiana and the Healing Arts Center in Mishawaka.  From 1998 until 2009 Sister Patricia served as a Counselor and Spiritual Director in various areas in the Fort Wayne/South Bend Diocese. Sister Patricia officially retired to the Catherine Kasper Home in 2009.

 

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

 

May Sister Patricia rest in peace!

 

VISITATION

Thursday, January 7, 2016 from 4:30-8:00 p.m. EST

Catherine Kasper Home Chapel

Donaldson, IN

Welcoming her body:  4:30 p.m. EST

Evensong:  7:00 p.m. EST

 

MASS OF RESURRECTION

Friday, January 8, 2016 at 11:15 a.m. EST

Catherine Kasper Home Chapel

Donaldson, IN

In Memory of Sister Maxine Peppenhorst, PHJC

Wednesday, 18 November 2015 00:00

Sister Maxine Peppenhorst, PHJC, formerly known as Sister Alicia, passed away November 18, 2015 at the Catherine Kasper Home, Donaldson, Indiana. Sister Maxine's gentle joyful spirit touched the hearts of her Sisters and the staff at Catherine Kasper Home. She will be remembered for her nightly blessings for each resident as she walked from room to room at Catherine Kasper Home (CKH). 

She was frequently heard by CKH staff and residents saying, “God has been very good to me,” and she shared God’s love with everyone she met. She expressed on several occasions that her greatest blessing and her greatest gift from God was her religious life – being a Poor Handmaid of Jesus Christ.

Sister Maxine was born to Edward and Frances (Kannall) Peppenhorst in Beckemeyer, Illinois in 1918. She entered the Poor Handmaid of Jesus Christ community and professed her first vows on June 25, 1939. 

Sister Maxine taught at numerous schools and was also sacristan for several parishes. In Indiana she ministered at St. Monica, Mishawaka; St. Mary East Chicago; St. Bavo, Mishawaka; and Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Hammond.

 

In Illinois she served at St. Mary, Trenton; St. John, Quincy; St. Augustine, Chicago; St. Boniface, Germantown; and St. Anthony, Beckemeyer. She was always delighted to witness the improvement that the students made in their education and in their spiritual and physical growth during a school year. 

 

She retired to the Catherine Kasper Home in 2000.

 

May she rest in peace! 

 

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

 

VISITATION

Monday, November 23, 2015 from 4:30-8:00 p.m. EST

Catherine Kasper Home Chapel

Donaldson, IN

Welcoming her body:  4:30 p.m. EST

Evensong:  7:00 p.m. EST

 

MASS OF RESURRECTION

Tuesday, November 24, 2015 at 11:15 a.m. EST

Catherine Kasper Home Chapel

Donaldson, IN

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