In Memory

In Memory

Sister Margaret Hanon, PHJC passed away on May 29, 2014, at the Catherine Kasper Home, Donaldson, Indiana. She was born to Otto and Fannie (Stocking) Hanon in Gary, Indiana on December 28, 1921. She entered the Poor Handmaid of Jesus Christ community and professed her first vows on June 25, 1942. She has one living sister, Sister Mary Boby, PHJC.

Sister Margaret ministered in education for 55 years. She taught, or was principal, in several schools in Southern Illinois and throughout Indiana and Minnesota. She said, “I enjoyed the challenges and gained valuable experiences with each move. I especially cherished the two years at Holy Cross School in Wendelin, Illinois, a rural parish in the Belleville Diocese.”

Her last teaching ministry was at Ancilla College as an English Professor. After leaving full-time teaching, Sister Margaret continued to be involved as a volunteer, tutor, and Advocacy Coordinator. Throughout her years in education she also played the organ at many of the ministries. She retired in 1997.

May Sister Margaret rest in peace!

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

Sister Mary Jane Sloderbeck, PHJC, formerly known as Sister Irene, passed away on February 17, 2014 at the Catherine Kasper Home, Donaldson, Indiana. She was born to Elijah and Anna (Riplinger) Sloderbeck in Marion, Indiana on June 22, 1926. She entered the Poor Handmaid of Jesus Christ community and professed her first vows on June 25, 1947.

In Memory of Sister Philomene Pawlik, PHJC

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Sister Philomene Pawlik, PHJC passed away on December 25, 2013 at the Catherine Kasper Home, Donaldson, Indiana. She was born to Hugo and Filomena (Romanovsky) Pawlik in Knox, Indiana on July 6, 1923. She entered the Poor Handmaid of Jesus Christ community and professed her first vows on June 25, 1944.

Sister Philomene began ministering in the medical profession in 1946 at St. Anne Hospital, Chicago.  Over the next 51 years she served as a nursing, medical and surgical supervisor; clinical instructor; pediatric playroom supervisor; in pastoral care; or Sister hostess at many medical facilities throughout Indiana and Illinois. When the Catherine Kasper Home opened in 1970, she became the first head nurse and between 1985-1989, she served as Parish Ministry volunteer at Our Lady of Prairie in Belle Plaine, Minnesota.

Sister Philomene retired to the Catherine Kasper Home in 1997.

Once when reflecting back on her life, Sister Philomene said the most comforting word to her was faith – faith in God and faith in the people that touched her life.  She said being a Poor Handmaid of Jesus Christ meant to love and work in the presence of God and in the footsteps of Blessed Catherine Kasper.

May Sister Philomene 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 Vivian Brand, PHJC

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Sister Vivian Brand, PHJC passed away on November 17, 2013 at the Catherine Kasper Home, Donaldson, Indiana. She was born to Henry and Josephine (Foppe) Brand in Germantown, Illinois on April 11, 1917. She entered the Poor Handmaid of Jesus Christ community and professed her first vows on June 25, 1938.

Sister Vivian spent her whole life in education.  She began teaching in 1940 at St. Boniface School in Edwardsville, Illinois and in 1946 she taught at St. Augustine High School in Chicago, Illinois.  In 1946 she came to Donaldson to be the assistant dean/dean, librarian and teacher at Ancilla High School and later, as teacher, dean, professor and library volunteer at Ancilla College.  From 1946 until her death she lived and worked in Donaldson.  She will be buried at Mt. Carmel Cemetery in Donaldson. 

Regarding education, Sr. Vivian said, “Serving God’s poor in the education ministry was rewarding, especially in the college.  Many students were nontraditional; many were the first in their families to attend college.  Helping them to attain marketable skills to support themselves and their families fulfilled a purpose of the college.”

May Sister Vivian rest in peace!

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

Sister Jeanette Schutte, PHJC, passed away on June 3, 2013 at St. Francis Hospital, Cape Girardeau, Missouri. She was born to Walter and Bertha Schutte in Quincy, IL on February 9, 1924. She entered the Poor Handmaid of Jesus Christ community and professed her first vows on June 25, 1945.

Sister Jeanette touched the lives of many people throughout her life. Between 1945 and 1962 she taught school in Chicago and East Chicago and Gary, Indiana.

In 1962 she became the Postulant Director for the Poor Handmaids. In 1969 she returned to teaching and was principal for the next four years in schools in Carlyle and Mt. Carmel, Illinois.

From 1973 – 1979 Sister Jeanette was a Provincial Team Member and served the Poor Handmaid community. From 1979 to 1997 she ministered in Richmond Minnesota, and at St. Mary’s School and St. Boniface in Edwardsville, Illinois. Since 1997, Sr. Jeanette has served the poor and hungry in Cairo, Illinois at The Kitchen Table, a soup kitchen run by the Belleville Diocese.

Sister Jeanette had said, “Through all my ministries, my mission has been the same; namely, to receive and to share God’s love and compassion. Many, many persons I have met on my journey have shown me the face of Christ by their steadfast faith and by the joy of their daily lives.”

May Sister Jeanette rest in peace!

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

Sr. Jeanette and Sr. Mary Carolyn sitting on the front steps of their house.

Sr. Mary Carolyn and Sr. Jeanette sitting on the front steps of their house.

Sister Johnel Kunkel, PHJC, passed away on May 19, 2013 at the Catherine Kasper Home, Donaldson, Indiana. She was born to John and Elizabeth (Rolfers) Kunkel in Carlyle, Illinois on April 26, 1916. She entered the Poor Handmaid of Jesus Christ community and professed her first vows on June 25, 1945.

Sister Johnel began her ministry in education in 1945, teaching at various schools in Quincy, Chicago and Breese, Illinois and Gary and Donaldson, Indiana. In 1988 she began her 15-year ministry at Ancilla College as Dean of the College transitioning in 1995 to become Special Assistant to the President until 2003. She states, “As a Poor Handmaid of Jesus Christ I had the opportunity, the privilege and the pleasure to help many students and their families to grow closer to God in their daily lives and also to become better educated. Helping others has indeed been a blessing for me.” She retired to the Catherine Kasper Home in 2008 at the age of 92.

Sister Johnel celebrated her 60th Jubilee in 2005. In her Jubilee reflection she states, “My hopes and dreams and my prayers will continue, as in the past, for my own future and that of the Poor Handmaid congregation. I place all in the hands of God and Blessed Mary Catherine Kasper. Our dreams have materialized in the beatification of our foundress. I hope the future will bring her canonization since the community she founded is now an international community.”

May Sister Johnel rest in peace!

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