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In Memory of Sister Mary Jane Sloderbeck, PHJC

Monday, 17 February 2014 14:01


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.

Sister Mary Jane began her teaching ministry in 1946. For the next 41 years she taught school in the Archdiocese of Chicago, the Dioceses of Belleville, Illinois and Fort Wayne/South Bend, Indiana. In 1987 she became the Head Librarian at Marian High School in Mishawaka, Indiana then served as the PHJC Sacristan and in Ancilla College Library. Sister Mary Jane retired to the Catherine Kasper Home in 2008.

In her 60th Jubilee reflection in 2006, Sister Mary Jane stated, “On entering the main entrance of the Motherhouse of the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ for the first time, my view was the amazing Annunciation scene above the main altar. Like Mary, I was to be a handmaid of the Lord.”

May Sister Mary Jane rest in peace!

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