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In Memory of Sister Julia Knapke, PHJC

Saturday, 01 December 2007 19:00
Sister Julia

January 7, 1914 - December 2, 2007

Sister Julia Knapke, PHJC passed away on December 2, 2007 at the Catherine Kasper Home, Donaldson, Indiana. She was born Julitta Knapke to William and Rose Knapke on January 7, 1914 in Cranberry Prairie, Ohio. She entered the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ community and professed her first vows on June 25, 1939.

Sister Julia ministered in education for 41 years as a teacher and principal at various schools in Illinois and Indiana. She loved the years she spent in the schools where she felt a genuine happiness when teaching children. In 1984 her ministry changed to pastoral care and then to the Marriage Tribunal in the Dioceses of Belleville, Illinois and Fort Wayne Indiana. Sister Julia retired to the Catherine Kasper Home in1993.

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 Joe Karnia, Associate

Sunday, 09 September 2007 20:00
 Joe

September 10, 2007

North Associate Joe Karnia passed away on September 10 in his home in Chicago. He was 84 years old and had been suffering an extended illness. Joe is survived by his wife of 57 years, Dolores (Bobber) Karnia. He also is survived by 5 daughters and 4 sons. A son and daughter preceded him in death. He is the beloved grandfather of twenty-two grandchildren. He is also survived by 2 sisters and 1 brother. Sister Katie Bobber is his sister-in-law

Joe and Dolores belonged to St. Augustine Parish in Chicago until it closed. Then they became parishioners of St. Nicholas of Tolentine where his Mass of Christian Burial was held. He is laid to rest in St. Mary Cemetery

In June 2007 Joe was recognized during Gathering VIII for his 20 years as an Associate.

Joe was a World War II veteran, having served in the Army Air Corps. He was active in American Legion, as well as parish organizations. He had retired after 38 years at the United States Postal Service.

May he rest in peace.

In Memory of Mary Jurkowski, Associate

Saturday, 25 August 2007 20:00
 Mary

August 26, 2007

East Three Associate, Mary Jurkowski passed away on August 26 in Catherine Kasper Home. She was 101 years old. She is survived by daughter, Sister Rosemary Jurkowski, and also by two sons, Aloysius and Robert. Mary also has thirteen grandchildren and several great- and great-great grandchildren. Caring for her family was her greatest joy.

Mary and her husband had lived in LaPorte, Indiana while they were raising their family, and she was actively involved at Sacred Heart Parish in that city. Among her many ministries, she assisted in the funeral luncheons at the church, drove senior ladies to mass, church meetings, and doctor appointments. She was actively involved in the Rosary Society throughout her years at Sacred Heart.

In 2005, Mary was recognized for her fifth anniversary as an Associate. She came to live at Maria Center in 1999, shortly before she began the initial formation to become an Associate. In 2003, because of health problems, she moved to Catherine Kasper Home

May she rest in peace.

In Memory of Sister Verona Reeb, PHJC

Sunday, 12 August 2007 20:00
Sister Verona

August 13, 1916 - August 13, 2007

Sister Verona Reeb, PHJC passed away on August 13, 2007 at the Catherine Kasper Home, Donaldson, Indiana. She was born Elizabeth Reeb to Valentine and Elizabeth Reeb on August 13, 1916 in Belleville, Illinois. She entered the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ community and professed her first vows on June 25, 1938.

For 54 years, Sister Verona ministered as a nurse/administrator at various hospitals. Nearly half of that time was at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Chicago. She also served at St. Joseph Hospital, Mishawaka and St. Catherine Hospital, East Chicago in Indiana and St. Mary’s Hospital, East St. Louis, Illinois. Sister Verona had fond memories of her semi-retirement position as a Sister Hostess at St. Elizabeth Hospital where she enjoyed working in the outpatient department.

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 Margaret Hahn, Associate

Thursday, 02 August 2007 20:00
 Margaret

August 3, 2007

East Three Associate Margaret (Margie) Hahn passed away peacefully at Catherine Kasper Home on August 3, 2007. Margie had been bravely battling kidney ailments for several years. She was 54 years old. Margie is survived by her sister, Sister Nora Hahn, PHJC American Provincial. Also surviving Margie is her brother, Robert, and his wife Donnean; sister-in-law Clare Hahn, nephew Kevin and niece Beth Hahn.; nieces Sally (Brian) Ziolkowski and children, Ryan and Kyle; Sharon (Craig) Pasch and children, Alyssa and Connor; and many uncles, aunts, cousins, and friends.

Before Margie moved to Donaldson she lived in Chicago where she worked for over twenty years for the Chicago Park District. After moving to Maria Center apartments, she worked as a receptionist for six years for the PHJC Ministry Center.

Margie became an Associate in 1995. In 2005, she was recognized for ten years as an Associate. Margie served on the Associate/Sister Advisory Board in 2001.

May she rest in peace.

Sister Louise Marie

April 10, 1909 - July 25, 2007

Sister Louise Marie Boeing, PHJC passed away on July 25, 2007 at the Catherine Kasper Home, Donaldson, Indiana. She was born to Bernard and Anna Boeing on April 10, 1909 in Aviston, Illinois. She entered the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ community and professed her first vows on June 26, 1930.

For 40 years Sister Louise Marie ministered to children as a teacher at St. Bavo, Mishawaka, Indiana; and in Illinois schools including: St. Augustine, Chicago; St. Anthony, Beckemeyer; St. John, Quincy; St. Bonaface, Germantown and as a child care provider at Angel Guardian Orphanage, Chicago and St. John Orphanage, Belleville, Illinois.

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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