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.

Sister Helen

June 25, 1940 - March 26, 2008

Sister Helen Wojciechowicz, PHJC passed away on March 26, 2008 at the St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, Plymouth, Indiana. She was born to Phil and Mary Agnes Wojciechowicz on June 25, 1940 in Chicago, Illinois. She entered the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ community and professed her first vows on July 16, 1961.

Sister Helen ministered as a nurse at various PHJC Hospitals in Illinois and Indiana which included: St. Anne, Chicago; St. Catherine, East Chicago; St. Joseph, Mishawaka; St. Mary Mercy, Gary; and St. Joseph, Fort Wayne. She also ministered at Angel Guardian Orphanage, Chicago. She then provided Community service until she retired to the Catherine Kasper Home in 1988.

May she rest in peace!

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

 Catherine (Katie)

February 14, 2008

On February 14 East One Associate Catherine (Katie) Shollenberger passed away in Fort Wayne, Indiana. She was 83 years old and had been ill for some time. Her husband Bob had passed away in 1970. Together they had three children: Susan, Mark and Karen. Along with her children, she is survived by four granddaughters: Jenaba, Bree, Kay and Grace.

Katie served 20 years in the Ft. Wayne Community Schools as a teacher’s aide until 1994. She was an active volunteer for many worthy organizations and causes. Among her activities were serving as a Girl Scout leader, volunteering at St. Peters Church, Lakeside Little League organization, and for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

Katie became an Associate in 2000 and was very proud to be a member of the Associate Community and to enjoy the Sisters and Associates in East One. She was recognized in 2005 on her fifth anniversary as an Associate.

In 2002, Katie traveled with other Associates, friends of the PHJC Congregation, and a Sister to Dernbach, Germany for a pilgrimage sponsored by the Associate Office. While in Europe on that pilgrimage, she also enjoyed Assisi, the Vatican, and other sites in Rome, Italy; and the Netherlands.

Katie’s Mass of Christian Burial was on February 18 at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Fort Wayne, and she was laid to rest in Fort Wayne’s Catholic Cemetery.

May Katie rest in peace.

In Memory of Sister Lauretta Molitor, PHJC

Thursday, 07 February 2008 19:00
Sister Lauretta

May 12, 1912 - February 8, 2008

Sister Lauretta Molitor, PHJC passed away on February 8, 2008 at the Catherine Kasper Home, Donaldson, Indiana. She was born Alfrida Molitor to Henry and Caroline Molitor on May 12, 1912 in Germantown, Illinois. She entered the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ community and professed her first vows on June 25, 1933. She was celebrating her 75-year jubilee this year.

Sister Lauretta was a teacher for 56 years. For 25 of those years, she taught at St. Mary School, Trenton, Illinois. She also ministered in other schools in Illinois, Minnesota and Indiana where she was loved by both the students and the parents. Sr. Lauretta retired to the Catherine Kasper Home in 1990.

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 Sister Mary Gerard Holtgrave, PHJC

Wednesday, 05 December 2007 19:00
Sister Mary Gerard

August 14, 1911 - December 6, 2007

Sister Mary Gerard Holtgrave, PHJC passed away on December 6, 2007 at the Catherine Kasper Home, Donaldson, Indiana. She was born Amanda Holtgrave to Gerhard and Catherine Holtgrave on August 14, 1911 in St. Rose, Illinois. She entered the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ community and professed her first vows on June 25, 1935.

Sister Mary Gerard was an educator for most of her life. She ministered in schools in Illinois and Indiana as a teacher and as a principal. Even after her retirement to the Catherine Kasper Home in 1990, she continued to tutor people. She felt that teaching was her special calling.

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 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.

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