2014 In Memoriam

We remember our sisters who entered into eternal life in 2014:


Sr. Mary Helen Archibald, OSU
Sr. Joan Marie Aycock, OSU
Sr. Marietta Boyd, OSU
Sr. Catherine Chandler, OSU
Sr. Dolores Droste, OSU
Sr. Therese Leonard, OSU
Sr. Mary Carmel Rangel, OSU

 
   
 Sr. Mary Helen Archibald, OSU

Sr. Mary Helen Archibald, OSU
Oct. 27, 1920 – May 2, 2014 

 
Sr. Mary Helen Archibald died peacefully at Queen of Peace in Alton, Ill. on May 2, 2014. She was 93.
 
The daughter of Thomas Archibald and Margaret Sands Archibald, she was born Catherine Elizabeth Archibald on Oct. 27, 1920, in Lowell, Mass., where she received her early education. She entered the Ursuline Sisters in Laredo in 1941 and made her vows in 1943. She earned her bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in education from Incarnate Word College in San Antonio, Texas.
 
Sr. Mary Helen won many awards for excellence as a primary teacher, serving in Laredo and Galveston, Texas, for more than 65 years. She was principal of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Laredo for 15 years. She also served the Laredo Ursuline community in numerous leadership positions for more than 35 years.
 
In 2006 she retired to join other Ursuline Sisters at St. Joseph Village in Coppell, Texas, and in 2012 she joined the Ursuline community at Queen of Peace.
 

 

Sr. Joan Marie, Aycock, OSU

Sr. Joan Marie Aycock, OSU
Jan. 29, 1925 – Jan 20, 2014


Sr. Joan Marie Aycock died peacefully Jan. 20 in Alton, Ill. She was 88.

The daughter of Fernand Joseph Aycock, Sr. and Palmyere Lasseigne Aycock, she was born on Jan. 29, 1925, in Puerto Castillo, Honduras. She received her elementary education at Ursuline Academy in New Orleans and St. Peter’s Parochial School. Graduating from Ursuline Academy in New Orleans in 1942, she entered the Ursuline Sisters the following summer and made her vows in January 1945.

She earned a bachelor’s degree from the College of New Rochelle in New York and a master’s degree in education from Loyola University in New Orleans.

Known as a superb elementary school teacher, Sr. Joan Marie taught elementary grades at Ursuline Academy in New Orleans for 25 years. She also spent several years each teaching in Galveston, Texas, and in St. Louis, Mo., as well as serving as principal of the Ursuline Academy grade school in Dallas. She loved teaching, and she often said that “the best way to get to know yourself is by teaching little children.” 

In 1989 Sr. Joan Marie retired from teaching and undertook the role of the New Orleans Ursuline community archivist. Throughout the following 20 years she was recognized for her work with archivists, curators, collectors, authors and historians in a number of museum exhibits and scholarly historical publications. In 2000 she was awarded the Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice medal by Pope John Paul II for distinguished service to the Church.

In 2008 she retired to Queen of Peace health care center in Alton, where she loved to visit Dollar Tree and Big Lots – always to get little gifts for others.

Above all, Sr. Joan Marie is remembered for her honesty, integrity and joy.  In the last line of her autobiography, she wrote, “I’ve had a wonderful life.”  


 
 Sr. Marietta Boyd, OSU

Sr. Marietta Boyd, OSU
March 6, 1930 – June 19, 2014

Sister Marietta (Mary) Boyd died peacefully on June 19, 2014 at the Ursulines’ Queen of Peace health care center in Alton, Ill. She was 84.

The daughter of Joseph Michael Boyd and Alice Burke Boyd, she was born on March 6, 1930 in St. Louis, Mo. She attended Blessed Sacrament grade school and Ursuline Academy in Kirkwood, Mo. She entered the Ursuline Sisters in 1948 and professed her vows in 1952.

Known for her wit and humor, Sr. Marietta spent many years of ministry providing care to infirm sisters. She also was treasurer/business manager for many Ursuline communities in the Central Province. Throughout her years in ministry, she served in Kirkwood, Mo.; Alton and Decatur, Ill.; and New Orleans, La.

Sr. Marietta retired to the Nazareth Living Center in St. Louis in 2005 and moved this May to Queen of Peace. 
 


 

 Sr. Catherine Chandler, OSU

Sr. Catherine Chandler, OSU
May 31, 1919 – Dec. 19, 2014

Sr. Catherine Chandler died peacefully on Dec. 19, 2014, at Our Lady of Wisdom Healthcare Center in New Orleans, La. She was 95.

The daughter of William Daniel Chandler and Mary Josephine Sullivan Chandler, she was born Mary Frances Geraldine Chandler on May 31, 1919, in Dallas, Texas. A graduate of Ursuline Academy of Dallas, she entered the Ursuline Sisters in July 1941, in Crystal City, Mo., and made her vows in January 1944. She earned a bachelor’s degree from The College of New Rochelle in New York and a master’s degree in education from St. Louis University. She also studied Spanish in Mexico.

Sr. Catherine’s colorful teaching and community leadership career led her to Dallas and Galveston, Texas; Frontenac, Minn.; New Orleans; Alton and Decatur, Ill.; Mexico and Venezuela.  She taught elementary grades early in her ministry and then became a high school teacher and principal. She was principal of Marquette High School in Alton from 1957-1961 and at St. Teresa’s High School in Decatur from 1962-1965 and from 1969-1975. She returned to Ursuline Academy of Dallas in 1975, where she served for more than 30 years as a teacher, principal, tutor, bookstore manager and library assistant.

Sr. Catherine also served the Ursulines in local leadership in many places throughout her years of ministry. She retired in 2006 and moved to Queen of Peace healthcare center in Alton in 2012. In May Sr. Catherine again headed south, moving to Our Lady of Wisdom in New Orleans.  


  

 Sr. Delores Droste, OSU

Sr. Dolores Droste, OSU
July 28, 1923 – Sept. 11, 2014

Sr. Dolores died peacefully at St. Clare’s Hospital in Fenton, Mo., on Sept. 11, 2014. She was 91.

The daughter of Theodore Droste and Mary Haag Brinkman, she was born Bertha Lucille Droste on July 28, 1923, in Godfrey, Ill. She received her early education in Alton, graduating from Marquette High School in 1941. She entered the Ursuline Sisters in July 1942, professing her vows in January 1945. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Fontbonne University in St. Louis.

Sr. Dolores an excellent primary teacher, serving schools in Alton, Godfrey, Staunton, Wood River, and Collinsville, Ill.; and Arnold, Festus and DeSoto, Mo. She also gave 11 years of internal service to the Ursuline Provincialate community in Crystal City, Mo.

Sr. Dolores retired to Alton in 1995 and entered the Ursuline health care community there in Alton in 2003. She recently had moved to St. Andrew’s at Francis Place in Eureka, Mo.
 


Sr. Therese Leonard, OSU


Sr. Therese Leonard, OSU

Jan. 16, 1932 – Sept. 27, 2014

Sr. Therese Leonard, also known as Sr. Martin de Porres Leonard, died peacefully Sept. 27, 2014, at St. Clare Health Center in Fenton, Mo. She was 82.

The daughter of Howard Thomas Leonard and Barbara Agnes O’Kane Leonard, she was born on Jan. 16, 1932, in St. Paul, Minn. She entered the Ursuline Sisters in January 1952, professing her vows in July 1954. She received a bachelor of arts degree from Fontbonne College (now University) in St. Louis and a master of arts degree from St. Thomas University in St. Paul, Minn. She also did post-graduate work at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wash.

Her education led her to offer her gifts in a number of teaching and administrative ministries, serving as principal in five different schools and director of religious education in three parish schools. During her more than 50 years in ministry, she served in Springfield, Decatur, and Godfrey, Ill.; Jennings, St. Louis and Baden, Mo.; and Laredo, Texas. When she retired to the Ursuline Queen of Peace health care center in Alton in 2012, she had served the past eight years as pastoral associate in St. Martin de Porres Parish in Hazelwood, Mo. Sr. Therese recently had moved to St. Andrew’s at Francis Place in Eureka, Mo.


 

Sr. Carmel Rangel, OSU

Sr. Mary Carmel Rangel, OSU
June 2, 1943 – Dec. 3, 2014

Sr. Mary Carmel Rangel died Dec. 2, 2014, in Laredo, Texas. She was 71.

The daughter of Refugio Rangel and Nicolasa Rocha, she was born June 2, 1943, in Waring, Texas. She entered the Ursuline Sisters in January 1963 and professed her vows in January 1965. She served in New Orleans, La.; Alton, Ill.; San Antonio and Laredo, Texas, primarily in ministry to the elderly.

From 1987 to 2002, she ministered to the elderly at Our Lady of San Juan DeLos Lagos in San Antonio. She also served as postulant directress, prioress and councilor of the Ursuline community in San Antonio during her years there. In 2002 she moved to Alton and provided community service to her sisters in the Queen of Peace health care center.

In 2006 the Ursulines, who had a long history but only one remaining sister in Laredo, felt a need to renew their presence there as immigration issues became more pressing.  Sr. Carmel volunteered to be a member of a new community of four sisters that would serve the poor and marginalized residents of Laredo. She moved to Laredo in 2008 and began her ministry as a senior center volunteer. In 2009 she became director of the Diocese of Laredo’s Catholic Social Senior Services Center, where she continued to serve until her death.

“Our goal is to make their (seniors) last years happy, hope-filled, peaceful years,” Sr. Carmel once said when interviewed about her ministry. “They have worked hard raising families—children, grandchildren, even great-grandchildren. Now is their time.”