2011 In Memoriam

We remember our sisters who entered into eternal life in 2011:


Sr. Muriel Rose Boyle, OSU
Sr. Monica Marie Hibberd, OSU
Sr. Beata Knoedler, OSU
Sr. Mary Walden, OSU

 
 

Sr. Muriel Rose Boyle, OSU
 
 

Sr. Muriel Rose Boyle, OSU
Feb. 24, 1924 - July 25, 2011

"Sr. Muriel Rose, born in Lowell, Mass., knew God was calling her to religious life and so, in 1944, chose to enter the Ursuline Sisters of faraway Laredo, Texas, who at that time were seeking vocations among young women in the Lowell area.

"From the beginning, Sr. Muriel Rose's gift of teaching was noted by the sisters, and even as a postulant she was called to substitute teach in classes at Ursuline Academy. She enjoyed a reputation as an excellent primary teacher throughout her long teaching career, nearly 50 years of which she spent in Laredo at Ursuline Academy, Our Lady of Guadalupe, St. Peter's and Christ the King schools.

"She continued doing volunteer work in two schools near her senior citizens resident center in Dallas until she retired at Queen of Peace in Alton, Ill., in 2008. Still having 'chalk dust in her veins,' she walked over to West Elementary School in Alton to offer her service as a volunteer there and chuckled, as did those who observed her, when she went to the police station, veil and all, to undergo the fingerprint requirement for this work."

Sr. Chabanel Mathison, OSU
Sr. Theresa Sarich, OSU


   
Sr. Monica Marie Hibberd, OSU

Sr. Monica Marie Hibberd, OSU
Jan. 23, 1927 - Nov. 26, 2011

 “No one was more in love with God’s creation and every creature in it—from hundreds of God’s youngest children to stray dogs, pet cats, wild animals and birds—than Salome Ann Hibberd, known as Sr. Monica Marie Hibberd. 

“She grew up in Alton, Ill., and entered the Ursuline Novitiate in Crystal City, Mo., in 1945, making her vows as in Ursuline in 1948. After receiving her bachelor’s degree in English from the College of New Rochelle in New York and a master’s degree in Christian spirituality from Creighton University, she was allowed to pursue her passion, little children, and she became one of the first Ursulines to be trained for Montessori education.

“Those who observed her in action during her training in Chicago, her early years in Jennings, Mo., and in the state-of-the-art Montessori School that she established in Dallas in 1967, speak enthusiastically of her gift with small children and the respect their parents had for her intuitive skill and her ability to work miracles with their little ones through her love and care for them.” 

Sr. Chabanel Mathison, OSU


   
Sr. Beata Knoedler, OSU Sr. Beata Knoedler, OSU
May 27, 1920 – Feb. 7, 2011

“For 40 years, Sr. Beata stood before students helping them build a foundation of knowledge in mathematics and chemistry. She counted doctors, dentists, lawyers, public officials, nurses, housewives, teachers, engineers and corporate executives among her former students. Her love for teaching began at an early age and she dedicated her life to helping others.

“Sr. Beata was never one to fall behind the times. The continued flow of new exciting ideas and challenges helped keep education alive for her. She always wanted to try something new or different because it could be better for her students. She was instrumental in introducing computer technology throughout the curricula, and jumped at the chance to teach in the new adult accelerated programs.

"Sr. Beata’s energy, enthusiasm and infectious good humor were legendary. Who else would dress up in a mole costume, shoot a bow and arrow on the lawn, ride a steer or go scuba diving in her mid-80s? We have all lost a good friend and mentor, but our memories of her life and work will never be forgotten and those memories will continue to inspire us all.”

 Susan Doddek
Director, College Advancement
Benedictine University at Springfield, Ill.


   
Sr. Mary Walden, OSU

Sr. Mary Walden, OSU
Nov. 15, 1922 – Aug. 12, 2011

“Sr. Mary had a personal sense of drive which impelled her to ‘get things done.’ She lived the teachings of St. Angela with the Lord Jesus as her first refuge. Her love of the Lord and Angela was clearly instilled in women and men whose lives she touched. Undoubtedly, those privileged to know her received a great sense of spiritual direction. . . .

“She began her work at the Marriage Tribunal Office for the Western Vicariate of the Diocese of Corpus Christi (later to be the greater part of the newly erected Diocese of Laredo) in 2000 and continued her tribunal work until her 2009 retirement. As a result, many pained by divorce found healing in the declaration of nullity of their marriages. Others, under her guidance, found a new path in their spiritual lives. Indeed, one of her greatest gifts in her later years was her compassion and wisdom which consoled those who confided in her.”

Maria de la Luz Rodriguez Cardenas
Chancellor, Diocese of Laredo, Texas