In Memory


Let us constantly pray for our own salvation and that of all the dear Sisters, indeed, for all people, that we may live and die piously and attain the beautiful heaven.

St. Katharina to Sister Fausta, December 21, 1892
 

Many people ask where a Sister is buried in Mt. Carmel Cemetery so while they are visiting The Center at Donaldson, they can pay their respects. Click here for an alphabetical listing of Sisters and where they are buried. A map of the cemetery explains blocks/rows/plots.

In Memory of Sister Kate Kuenstler, PHJC

Tuesday, 12 November 2019 10:46

Sister Mary Kathleen Kuenstler (Sister Kate) Poor Handmaid of Jesus Christ (PHJC), died on October 28, 2019 at the Catherine Kasper Home, Donaldson, Indiana. 
       
Sister was born in St. Louis, Missouri on January 21, 1949 and she was adopted by Lawrence Kuenstler and Lorraine (Buerster) Kuenstler who preceded her in death. Her siblings include her brother, Matthew (Deb) and her sister, Agnes Schoultz.
      
Sister Kate’s interest in the Poor Handmaid Community began as a farm girl in Illinois at the Holy Cross Parish, where she was introduced to the Poor Handmaids’ charism by her teachers. Sister Kate entered the Poor Handmaids August 25, 1967 and professed her vows on August 5, 1970. 
       
She received her B.S. in Education from St. Joseph College in East Chicago, Indiana, and began her first ministry in education as an elementary teacher for almost ten years at schools in Indiana and Minnesota. Sister Kate went on to receive her M.A. degree in Religious Education and ministered as a Director of Education and a Diocesan Consultant in the Springfield, Illinois diocese and Belleville, Illinois diocese. 
       
Sister Kate pursued Canon Law and in 1992 she received her J.C.L. (Licentiate in Canon Law) and her J.C.D. (Doctorate in Canon Law) from St. Thomas Aquinas Pontifical University, Rome, Italy.
       
Her career in Canon Law ministry began as a Judge in Marriage Tribunal. Later, she initiated her own private practice as an independent Canon Lawyer specifically focused on being an Advocate for the Laity. Sister Kate’s practice covered many states and countries, including Canada and Australia.
       
“Sister Kate was a tireless defender of the canonical rights of lay people in the Church, especially the rights of parishioners. Her creative advocacy changed Vatican policy from automatically accepting US bishops’ decisions to close and sell vibrant churches to one that preserves churches as worship sites instead,” said Sister Chris Schenk, CSJ, cofounder of Future Church.
       
Following an unexpected illness, Sister Kate moved to Catherine’s Cottage in January 2019 and then to the Catherine Kasper Home in May 2019.
       
Visitation will be held at the Catherine Kasper Home at The Center at Donaldson on Friday, November 1, 2019 beginning at 4:30 p.m. (EDT). A Prayer Service will be held the same evening 7:00 p.m.
       
Funeral Liturgy will be held in the Catherine Kasper Home Chapel at 10:00 a.m. (EDT). Burial will follow in the Mt. Carmel Cemetery, at The Center at Donaldson.
       
Memorial contributions can be made to the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ, PO Box 1, Donaldson, Indiana 46513 or online at www.poorhandmaids.org.

Sister Marguerite Niesen (formerly Sister Maurice), Poor Handmaid of Jesus Christ, died on May 5, 2019 at the Catherine Kasper Home, Donaldson, Indiana.  She was 90 years of age. 

Sister was born in Chicago IL.  Her parents John J. and Florence (Amann) Niesen preceded her in death along with her brother Gerald.  Sister is survived by her brother John and her sisters Rosemary Sprague and Ruth Martinez.  Sister Marguerite was the third of 5 siblings. 

Sister Marguerite entered the Poor Handmaid Community on September 3, 1947 and professed her vows on June 25, 1950. 

Sister Marguerite graduated from Alverno College Milwaukee WI with her B.A. in Math and History and received her Master’s Degree in History from DePaul University.  Sister began her ministry as an elementary teacher from 1950 until 1964. She served at St. Joseph Mishawaka IN; St. Mark Gary IN; St. Augustine Chicago IL and St. Monica Mishawaka IN.   In 1964 she moved to High School and ministered at Bishop Dwenger High School Fort Wayne IN, St. Augustine Chicago IL, Mater Dei High School Breese IL.  She completed her educational ministry as a college instructor for 10 years at Ancilla College in Donaldson, IN. In 2001 she moved to Community service and pursued her hobby of photography.  The many beautiful photo cards which can be purchased at Lindenwood Retreat and Conference Center are a testament to her skill as a photographer.  Sister stated “My joy is to capture the beauty in the ordinary. God provides the amazing subjects in every flower, tree, sky, sunrise, sunset, lakes and all of nature.  I try to preserve the moment for all to enjoy.” 

She officially retired to Catherine Kasper Home in October 2018 at The Center in Donaldson, IN and continued to create beautiful gift cards with her photography. 

Visitation will be held at the Catherine Kasper Home in Donaldson, Indiana on Wednesday, May 8, 2019 from 4:30 – 8:00 p.m. EDT. A Prayer Service will be held that same evening at 7:00 p.m. EDT. 

The Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated at Catherine Kasper Home on May 92019 at 11:15 a.m. EDT. 

Following the Mass of Resurrection burial will take place in the Mt. Carmel Cemetery, Donaldson, Indiana. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ,

PO Box 1, Donaldson, Indiana 46513 or on www.poorhandmaids.org.

In Memory of Sister Mary Boby, PHJC

Tuesday, 11 December 2018 13:45

Sister Mary Boby (Mary Frances Hanon), Poor Handmaid of Jesus Christ, died on Wednesday, December 5, 2018 at the Catherine Kasper Home, Donaldson, Indiana. 

She was born in Gary, Indiana on December 23, 1923 to Otto and Fannie (Stocking) Hanon who preceded her in death along with her brothers Edward Hanon and George Lewis Hanon and her sisters Vivian Hanon, Vione Kelly, Catherine Flood, and Sister Margaret Hanon, PHJC. She was the sixth child of seven children. Sister Mary is survived by her son, George Boby Jr., her grandchildren Robert Boby, Jay Boby and Trisha Boby, 7 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandchild. 

Sister Mary entered the Poor Handmaid Community in 1944 taking the name Sister Mary Georgia and left the Community in 1954. She then married George Boby Sr. in January 1956 and adopted his son, George Boby. After her husband’s death in 1995, Sister re-entered the Poor Handmaids Community in 2001 joining her sister, Sister Margaret Hanon PHJC.  Sr. Mary professed her final vows August 3, 2002. 

Sister Mary graduated with a B.S. in Education from Loyola University in Chicago, IL and received her master’s degree in Education from Loyola University in Chicago, IL. She was a teacher at St. Anthony School, Beckemeyer, IL; St. Monica’s School, Mishawaka, IN; and St. George School, New Ulm, MN.  When she left the community she continued as an educator at Columbus School, East Gary IN; St. Francis Xavier, Lake Station, IN; and Meister Elementary, Hobart Township, IN.  She loved playing the organ and after she was unable to play due to her failing eyesight she was observed tapping her fingers to the organ music during daily Mass.  From 2002 until 2013 Sr. Mary volunteered at the Catherine Kasper Home and continued this ministry after she moved to Catherine’s Cottage in 2006.  She officially retired on August 7, 2013 when she moved to the Catherine Kasper Home.

In Memory of Sister Julia Huelskamp, PHJC

Monday, 29 October 2018 08:20

Sister Julia Huelskamp, Poor Handmaid of Jesus Christ died on Sunday, October 28, 2018 in the Catherine Kasper Home, Donaldson, Indiana. 

She was born in Breese, Illinois on December 24, 1933 to Joseph and Eleanor (Foppe) Huelskamp who preceded her in death along with her brothers, Herman, Gerald, Dennis, Jerome, Erwin, Lawrence and her sister Geraldine Luebbers. She was the sixth child of 13 children. Sister Julia is survived by her brothers David and Thomas and sisters Rose Saufnauer, Eleanor Fiascone, Lorine Wikman and Joseph Benoff. 

As far back as she could remember, Sister Julia wanted to be a Sister. She entered the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ Congregation as a novice in 1952 and professed her first vows in 1954. The PHJC charism of simplicity, hospitality and attentive listening to God made Sister Julia very comfortable. She said, “I can be my best self in our community. Our community values are much the same as the values I grew up with in my own family.” 

Sister Julia graduated with a B.S. in Home Economics from Alverno College in Milwaukee, WI and received her master’s degree in Biology from St. Mary College in Winona, MN. She was a teacher at St. Mark School, Gary, IN; St. Mary School, East Chicago, IN; St. John the Baptist School, Quincy, IL; and Bishop Dwenger High School, Fort Wayne, IN. She served in child care and as a high school teacher at Angel Guardian Orphanage in Chicago. She also served as Coordinator of Group Homes at Young House in Burlington, IA and at Boys Hope in Evanston, IL. She was the Food Service Director at St. Joseph’s Carondelet, Chicago. Sr. Julia served as a member of the PHJC Provincial Leadership Team and also lovingly cared for many Poor Handmaid Sisters as the local Leader at Catherine Kasper Home from 1998-2006. She continued ministering at the PHJC Motherhouse as a volunteer for Hospice and enjoyed her favorite pastime of quilting and working on puzzles. 

When reflecting back on her service, Sister Julia said, “I met many challenges with every position I had. I thank God for all my experiences and feel each experience prepared me for the next. I have trusted the Holy Spirit to guide and direct me.” 

Sister Julia moved to the Catherine Kasper Home on August 1, 2018. 

Visitation will be held in the Ancilla Domini Chapel at The Center at Donaldson, Indiana on Tuesday, October 30, 2018 from 4:30 – 8:00 p.m. EDT. A Prayer Service will be held that same evening at 7:00 p.m. EDT. 

The Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated in the Ancilla Domini Chapel at The Center at Donaldson, Indiana on Wednesday, October 31, 2018 at 11:00 am EDT. 

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, Indiana 46513 or on www.poorhandmaids.org.

In Memory of Sister Lucy Megaro, PHJC

Sunday, 15 July 2018 11:33

Sister Lucy (Rose) Megaro a Poor Handmaid of Jesus Christ died on July 12, 2018 in the Catherine Kasper Home in Donaldson, Indiana.

She was born in Chicago, Illinois on June 30, 1932 to Carmen and Lucia (Ferarra) Megaro who preceded her in death along with her brothers, Carmen, Christopher and Tony and her sisters, Josie Amato and Della La Femina, She was the youngest of the six children. Sister Lucy is survived by nieces and nephews.

Rose, her name given at birth, was educated by the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ and after starting high school, she worked as a beautician on the Northside of Chicago. She said she chose to be a Poor Handmaid because she experienced how joyful and caring the Sisters were with children of all ages.

Sister Lucy was a houseparent for adolescent girls at St. Vincent Villa in Fort Wayne, Indiana from 1954-1957. She was expecting to continue to care for girls when she transferred to Angel Guardian Orphanage in Chicago 1957. She was surprised when she was assigned adolescent boys, but her love of sports helped her win them over. She coached many intramural softball teams. Later, she also cared for girls at Angel Guardian Orphanage and served there for the next 17 years. 

Sister received her Associate of Arts degree in child development at Kennedy King College, Chicago and her Bachelor of Arts degree in early childhood at Mary Crest College, Davenport, Iowa. She then taught preschool at Angel Guardian Day Care on the south side of Chicago from1985-1990. From 1991 until 2011, Sister Lucy ministered in home health care to the elderly in Chicago and Cincinnati, Ohio. After semi-retiring, she became a volunteer for the Little Brothers of the Poor to continue service to the elderly.  Sister shared, “I have been blessed and challenged in many ways in sharing my gifts with people in various stages of their lives.”

Sister Lucy officially retired to the Catherine Kasper Home in 2013.

Visitation will be held at the Catherine Kasper Home in Donaldson, Indiana on Monday, July 16, 2018 from 4:30 – 8:00 p.m. EDT. A Prayer Service will be held that same evening at 7:00 p.m. EDT.

The Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated at Catherine Kasper Home on Tuesday, July 17, 2018 at 11:15 a.m. EDT.

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, Indiana 46513 or on www.poorhandmaids.org.

Sister Celine Tomasic (Mildred) a Poor Handmaid of Jesus Christ died on May 12, 2018 in the Catherine Kasper Home in Donaldson, Indiana. 

She was born in Gary, Indiana on July 5, 1924 to Steve and Helen (Dolanar) Tomasic who preceded her in death along with her brothers, Joseph and John and her sisters, Rose Frisch, Ann Kachur, Mary Larson and Helen Tomasic. She was the youngest of the seven children. Sister Celine is survived by nieces and nephews. 

As a child, Sister Celine felt close to the Poor Handmaid Sisters at St. Mark School in Gary and wanted to find out what their life was all about. So on December 7, 1943 she entered the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ Congregation and professed her first vows on June 25, 1946. 

Sister received her Bachelor of Education degree at DePaul University, Chicago, Illinois and her master’s degree in Education at St. Francis College, Fort Wayne, Indiana.  

Sister Celine was an elementary teacher in Illinois for 19 years. She served at St. Augustine School, Chicago; St. John, Quincy; St. Boniface, Edwardsville; and St. Henry, Chicago. For the next 41 years she continued as an educator in the Gary, Diocese. Those schools included Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Hammond; St. Francis Xavier, Lake Station; Blessed Sacrament, St. Mark and St. Ann, Gary. 

Sister loved teaching and shared her thoughts in a reflection, “I began teaching in 1945.  Every year each class was fulfilling in a way. Children have a way of making the difficult job of teaching a joy. By striving to lead children to God—God has come to me and graced my life with blessings.” 

In 2006 Sister Celine joined the Woodland Carving Club in Portage, Indiana where she mastered her skill of wood carving. She chiseled many statues including a nativity scene which is displayed at Catherine Kasper Home at Christmas. She shared, “I loved that the Lord let me do something I always wanted to do – CARVE and DRAW. Chiseling is hard work. At times, I thought my arms would fall off. But oh, the satisfaction to show the work of his hands through the work of my hands is a wonderful gift, and just think, he blessed me with that gift. Thank you God!” 

Sister Celine officially retired to the Catherine Kasper Home in 2011. 

Visitation will be held at the Catherine Kasper Home in Donaldson, Indiana on Wednesday, May 16, 2018 from 4:30 – 8:00 p.m. EDT. A Prayer Service will be held that same evening at 7:00 p.m. EDT. 

The Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated at Catherine Kasper Home on Thursday, May 17, 2018 at 11:15 a.m. EDT. 

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

Memorial contributions may be made to the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ at www.poorhandmaids.org or PO Box 1, Donaldson, Indiana 46513. 

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