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 Claudia Klich, Associate

Saturday, 19 July 2008 20:00

July 20, 2008

Claudia Klich passed away on July 20, 2008, following a lengthy illness. She is survived by her husband, Jerry, their 5 children and 8 grandchildren. She also is survived by her sister, Sister Mary Josef Shingler, PHJC. Claudia was 66 years old.

Claudia was active in Our Lady of Sorrows Parish in Valparaiso, Indiana. She belonged to the Altar and Rosary Society and taught religious education classes. Along with her service to her parish, she was an active volunteer in her local school systems.

Claudia made her first commitment to the Associate Community on July 19, 2003 in Our Lady of Sorrows Church. On July 19, 2008, she was recognized for her fifth anniversary as an Associate during a special weekend gathering of the Spiritual Family of Catherine Kasper in Donaldson, Indiana. Although she was unable to be there for the celebration, she was present in the hearts and prayers of all those who were there.

Claudia’s Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at Our Lady of Sorrows Parish on July 24, and she was laid to rest at Heritage Cemetery in Portage, Indiana.

May Claudia rest in peace.

In Memory of Bertha Fredericks, Associate

Thursday, 05 June 2008 20:00

June 6, 2008

Bertha Fredericks passed away on June 6, 2008, in her home. She was 86 years old. She is survived by 3 sons, 2 daughters, 21 grandchildren, and 25 great-grandchildren. Bertha’s husband of 61 years passed away in 2004.

Services for Bertha were held on June 10 at Bocken Funeral Home, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Catherine of Siena Church in Hammond, Indiana. She was laid to rest at St. John Cemetery in Hammond.

Bertha and Louis were charter members of St. Catherine of Siena Church where Bertha was also a charter member and past president of St. Catherine’s Altar and Rosary Sodality. She also was active in the Knights of Columbus Women’s Auxiliary.

Bertha made her First Commitment to the Associate Community on June 12, 1990. She was recognized in 2005 for her fifteenth anniversary as an Associate.

May Bertha rest in peace.

May 17, 2008

On May 17, East One Associate Rosalyn (Rosie) Koenemann passed away at Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne. Rosie was 75 years old. She is survived by two children, including daughter Carol Elser, who is also an East One Associate. Rosie is survived by two grandchildren and her life partner.

Born in Fort Wayne, Rosie lived in nearby New Haven. She became an Associate in 1992, and was recognized in 2007 for her fifteenth year in the Associate Community. Praying for all members of the Spiritual Family of Catherine, for peace, and for vocations were important parts of Rosie’s daily prayer life.

Rosie was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in New Haven, the American Legion Auxiliary, and the Rosary Sodality. She was a C.N.A., and had currently been working at Harborside Healthcare.

Rosie’s Mass of Christian Burial was held at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church on May 22, and interment was in St. John’s Catholic Cemetery, in New Haven.

May Rosie rest in peace.

Sister Claudine

November 16, 1922 - April 19, 2008

Sister Claudine Magolske, PHJC passed away on April 19, 2008 at the St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, Plymouth, Indiana. She was born Margaret Rose Magolske to Walter and Rose Magolske on November 16, 1922 in Mishawaka, Indiana. She entered the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ community and professed her first vows on June 25, 1946.

Sister Claudine cared for many residents in healthcare facilities such as St. Vincent Home, Belleville, IL; St. Vincent Home, Quincy, IL; Sacred Heart Home, Aviston, IL; St. Joseph Hospital, Fort Wayne, IN; and Meredith Memorial Home, Belleville, IL. She also served as a housekeeper and switchboard operator at the Motherhouse in Donaldson for over 30 years. She retired to the Catherine Kasper Home in 2004.

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 Millie Baird, Associate

Wednesday, 09 April 2008 20:00

April 10, 2008

On April 10, East Three Associate Millicent (Millie) Baird passed away in Catherine Kasper Home. Millie is survived by three daughters, including Sister Mary Baird, PHJC. She also leaves six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren to cherish her memories. Millie was 98 years old.

Millie was born in Edwardsville, Illinois, and lived many years in Tucson, Arizona, before moving to Maria Center in Donaldson. Throughout her life she belonged to St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Edwardsville, the Daughters of Isabella, Holy Trinity Ladies Club-Sacristan in Tucson, and volunteered many years at St. Elizabeth of Hungary Clinic in Tucson. Among her favorite activities was to sew comforters and to crochet afghans and hats for the poor. She also volunteered in soup kitchens and food and clothing distribution centers and visited elderly and ill persons in their homes.

Millie was one of the founding Associates in 1983. She received special recognition for 20 years as an Associate in 2003 and this year marked her 25th year as an Associate.

Millie’s Mass of Christian Burial was at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Edwardsville, with interment in Calvary Cemetery in Glen Carbon, Illinois on April 18.

May Millie rest in peace.

 Kathleen (Katie)

March 28, 2008

On March 28, Quincy Associate Kathleen (Katie) Druffel passed away. She was 82 years old. She is survived by her husband, Robert Druffel; eight children and their spouses; six stepchildren and their spouses; fourteen grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Katie was considered a well-known volunteer and activist in her community. In 1978 she received the Quincy Exchange Club’s Golden Deeds Award, and later she was named one of KHZA TV’s “7 Who Care.”

She is a past president of the Quincy American Legion Auxiliary, the Altar Society of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, the Parents and Friends Club of Christian Brothers High School and the Quincy Deanery Council of Catholic Women. She had been an Avon representative for over 40 years. She also delivered the Quincy Herald-Whig newspaper until she was well into her 70s.

As an Associate, Katie made her First Commitment in 1993. This year will mark her fifteenth year in the Associate Community.

Katie’s Mass of Christian Burial was in Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, and she was laid to rest in Calvary Cemetery in Quincy on March 30.

May she rest in peace.

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