November 26, 1925 - March 21, 2012
Sister Leandra Welling, PHJC, formerly known as Sister Ralph, passed away on March 21, 2012 at the Catherine Kasper Home, Donaldson, Indiana. She was born to Henry and Christine Welling in Trenton, Illinois on November 26, 1925. She entered the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ community and professed her first vows on June 25, 1946.
Sister Leandra ministered for 41 years as a childcare provider or administrator. She was a cottage mother at St. Vincent Villa, Fort Wayne and at Angel Guardian Orphanage, Chicago. In 1974 when Angel Guardian closed, she went to St. John’s Day Care, Belleville, Illinois as the director. Sister Leandra then changed ministry and became the Director of the Maria Center independent senior apartments in Donaldson from 1989-1999. After 1999 she continued to help as a volunteer for another six years. Since 2005, she served the PHJC community.
May Sister Leandra rest in peace!
Memorial contributions may be made to the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ, PO Box 1, Donaldson, IN 46513.