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2018 Jubilarians: School Sisters of Notre Dame (SSND)

Sister Jo Ann Cordiero; Sister Janet Crane; Sister Mary Frances Flynn; Sister Theresa Markus; Sister Caroline Markway; Sister Richarda Nenninger; Sister M. Jane Boos; Sister Barbara Brumleve; Sister Margaret Buscher; Sister Carmen Marie Chandler; Sister Andrea Marie Freude; Sister Carol Grawe; Sister Virginia Grumich; Sister Joel Marie Mackay; Sister Carol Markus; Sister Joan Markus; Sister Patricia Agnes O’Toole; Sister Joanne Marie Otte; Sister Carleen Reck; Sister Jacqueline Sellmeyer; Sister Deanne Stratmann; Sister Lorraine Soukup; Sister Jacqueline Toben; Sister Marie Chaminade Zimmerle; Sister Mary Kenan Wolff; Sister Marie Virginia Strubhart

50th profession

Sister Jo Ann Cordiero

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Birthplace: Tulare, Calif.

Entrance: 1966

Final profession: 1968

Education: Bachelor’s in American Studies, Notre Dame College, 1970

Master’s in English/second language, University of Southern California, 1974

Service in the archdiocese: Teacher’s aide, Queen of All Saints School, St. Louis 1996-97

Community service for the motherhouse, St. Louis, 2007-10

Ministry to elderly at CSJ ministries, 2009-12

Service outside the archdiocese: Elementary and middle school teacher in California

Professor in Kyoto, Japan

About Sister Jo Ann Cordiero: Sister Jo Ann has worked in a variety of ways for the motherhouse in St. Louis. She is currently offering prayer and presence throughout St. Louis.

Sister Janet Crane

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Birthplace: Quincy, Ill.

Entrance: 1966

First profession: 1968

Final profession: 1997

Education: Bachelor’s in American studies, Notre Dame College, 1970

Master’s in theology, Eden Theological Seminary, 1998

Doctor of ministry, Eden Theological Seminary, 2012

Service in the archdiocese: Chaplaincy, Barnes-Jewish Hospital, 1995-2000

Chaplaincy, Heartland Hospice Services, St. Louis, 2011-12

About Sister Janet Crane: Sister Janet currently serves in chaplaincy at Mercy Hospital in St. Louis.

Sister Mary Frances Flynn

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Birthplace: St. Louis

Entrance: 1966

First profession: 1968

Final profession: 1972

Education: Bachelor’s in American studies, Notre Dame College, 1969

Master’s in elementary administration, Clarke College, 1988.

Service in the archdiocese: Middle school teacher, St. Francis de Sales in St. Louis, 1969-72

Middle school teacher, Notre Dame Elementary School, 1972-73

Health care assistant, Sisters of Mercy Health System, 1993-95

Administrative assistant, Catholic Health Association, 1995-2003

Assistant CEO, Cooperative Home Care, Inc., St. Louis, 2004-05

Service outside the archdiocese: Middle school teacher and education administrator in Illinois, California and Missouri.

About Sister Mary Frances Flynn: Sister Mary Frances is currently an administrative assistant for the archives in Belleville, Ill.

Sister Theresa Markus

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Birthplace: Aviston, Ill.

Entrance: 1966

First profession: 1968

Final profession: 1978

Education: Bachelor’s in American studies, Notre Dame College, 1970

Master’s in spirituality, Mundelein College, 1983

Service in the archdiocese: Teacher, St. Francis Borgia, Washington, 1975-76

Pastoral ministry, St. Matthias Parish, St. Louis, 1986-90

Service outside the archdiocese: Elementary and middle school teacher in Missouri and Illinois

About Sister Theresa Markus: Currently, she is the director of religious education at St. Peter Cathedral in Belleville, Ill., where she is also a pastoral associate.

Sister Caroline Markway

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Birth name: Judy May

Birthplace: Jefferson City, Mo.

Entrance: 1966

First profession: 1968

Final profession: 1978

Education: Bachelor’s in American Studies, Notre Dame College, 1970

Service in the archdiocese: Teacher’s aide, St. Aloysius Gonzaga, St. Louis, 1974

Teacher, St. Bernadette, St. Louis, 1975-83

Teacher, St. William, St. Louis, 1983-94

Teacher, St. Timothy, St. Louis, 2001-03

Teacher, St. Mark, St. Louis, 2003-06

Director of Notre Dame Preschool, St. Louis, 2006-09

Teacher’s aide, St. James the Greater School, St. Louis, 2011-12

Service outside the archdiocese: Taught middle school in Illinois.

About Sister Caroline Markway: Sister Caroline has offered her services in various ways to the motherhouse in St. Louis. She is currently offering prayer and presence to the Veronica House in Bridgeton.

Sister Richarda Nenninger

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Birthplace: Cape Girardeau, Mo.

Entrance: 1966

First profession: 1968

Final profession: 1975

Service in the archdiocese: Nurse aide, motherhouse infirmary, St. Louis, 1968-72

Nurse, Villa Gesu, St. Louis, 1972-79

Nurse, motherhouse infirmary, 1979-83

Nurse, Nazareth Nursing Home, St. Louis, 1984-87

Community institution for Notre Dame Hall, St. Louis, 1987-90

Teacher’s aide, St. Mary’s School of Nursing, St. Louis, 1990-95

Food service supervisor, Nazareth Nursing Home, St. Louis, 2003-11

Service outside the archdiocese: Food service and home visitor in Missouri

About Sister Richarda Nenninger: Sister Richarda is currently working at Veronica House in Bridgeton as the community coordinator.

60th profession

Sister M. Jane Boos

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Birth name: Mary Jane

Birthplace: Effingham, Ill.

Entrance: 1956

First profession: 1958

Final profession: 1964

Education: Master’s in business administration, the University of Notre Dame, 1969

Master’s in pastoral studies, Loyola University of Chicago, 1989

Bachelor’s in economics, Notre Dame College, 1961

Service in the archdiocese: Elementary teacher, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, 1960-61

High school teacher, Duchesne High School, 1968-70

Director associate for the congregation, 1990-95

Service outside the archdiocese: Taught elementary and high school in Jefferson City, Mo., and Springfield, Ill.

Director of initial formation, administrative facility special need, and ministry discernment in Springfield, Ill.

About Sister M. Jane Boos: Sister Jane is enjoying retirement and sharing her gifts at St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital in Effingham, Ill. She loves sharing her gifts and talents in prayer and service to the community.

Sister Barbara Brumleve

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Birthplace: Teutopolis, Ill.

Entrance: 1956

First profession: 1958

Final profession: 1964

Education: Doctorate in English, Saint Louis University, 1969

Master’s in English, Saint Louis University, 1966

Bachelor’s in English, Notre Dame College, 1960

Service in the archdiocese: Middle school teacher, St. Bernadette, St. Louis, 1960-62

College professor, Notre Dame College, 1968-73

College administrator, Notre Dame College, 1973-77

Retreat director, Notre Dame Hall, 1977-78

Congregation researcher, Motherhouse, 1982-85

Provincial Council, Motherhouse, 1988-91

Executive director, Maria Center, 1991-93

Service outside the archdiocese: High school administrator in Illinois

College professor in Maryland

Campus minister in Mississippi

Pastoral care at hospitals in South Carolina and Georgia

Ministry director in Nebraska

Clinical pastoral educator in Indiana

SSND Identity and Mission integration facilitator in Maryland

About Sister Barbara Brumleve: Sister Barbara is still working as the SSND Identity and Mission Integration Facilitator in Baltimore, Md., and enjoying every minute of it. She has the opportunity to work with her fellow sisters and build better relationships with the missions and the community.

Sister Margaret Buscher

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Birthplace: Washington

Entrance: 1956

First profession: 1958

Final profession: 1964

Education: Master’s in library science, Our Lady of the Lake University, 1970

Master’s in pastoral studies, Loyola University in Chicago, 1991

Bachelor’s in theology, Notre Dame College, 1961

Service in the archdiocese: Middle school teacher, Holy Ghost School, 1959-60

Elementary school teacher, Sacred Heart, 1960-61

Middle school teacher, St. Gabriel the Archangel, 1961-63

High school teacher, St. Alphonsus Rock High School, 1963-64

Library aide, Notre Dame College, 1964-65

High school librarian, Duchesne High School, 1968

Librarian, Notre Dame High School, 1968-71

High school teacher, Notre Dame High School, 1974-78

Service outside the archdiocese: Librarian in Illinois

Pastoral ministry in Missouri

Religious education for adults in Illinois

Parish administration in Missouri

About Sister Margaret Buscher: After retirement, Sister Margeret Ellen has enjoyed helping the Motherhouse and her fellow sisters with campus ministry, program director for parishes and even being director of pastoral services.

Sister Carmen Marie Chandler

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Birthplace: St. Louis

Entrance: 1956

First profession: 1958

Final profession: 1964

Education: Bachelor’s in biology, Notre Dame College, 1960

Master’s in elementary education, University of Missouri-Colombia, 1974

Service in the archdiocese: Middle school teacher, St. John Nepomuk, 1960-65

Middle school teacher, St. Martin of Tours, 1965-73

Middle school teacher, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, 1973-76

Service outside the archdiocese: Elementary administrator, St. Joseph, East St. Louis, Ill., 1976-87

Director of ministry to children in East St. Louis, 1987-2000

Caregiver for child care and foster parent in East St. Louis, 2000-09

About Sister Carmen Marie Chandler: Sister Carmen is currently volunteering at various places in Belleville, Ill., leading prayer groups.

Sister Andrea Marie Freude

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Birthplace: St. Louis

Entrance: 1956

First profession: 1958

Final profession: 1964

Education: Registered nurse, St. Mary’s College, 1984

Service in the archdiocese: Nurse, Villa Gesu, St. Louis, 1958-65

Nurse, St. Mary Hospital, St. Louis, 1965-66

Nurse, Villa Gesu, St. Louis, 1966-81

Nurse, motherhouse infirmary, St. Louis, 1981-84

Nurse, Villa Gesu, 1984-99

Nurse, Anna House, Bridgeton, 1999-2010

About Sister Andrea Marie Freude: Sister Andrea is currently volunteering at Maryville Garden Apartments and various places with prayer services and community engagement.

Sister Carol Grawe

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Birthplace: Quincy, Ill.

Entrance: 1956

First profession: 1958

Final profession: 1964

Education: Bachelor’s in history, Notre Dame college, 1960

Master’s in education/reading, Southeast Missouri State University, 1974

Service in the archdiocese: Elementary teacher, Our Lady of Loretto, St. Louis, 1966-70

Co-ordinator of religious education, St. Dominic Savio, St. Louis, 1974-77

Driver for Villa Gesu, St. Louis, 1995

Service outside the archdiocese: Taught at elementary schools in Nebraska, Iowa and California

Pastoral administrator in Missouri, New York and Iowa

About Sister Carol Grawe: Currently, Sister Carol is a spiritual director and associate staff for SSND Residence and Kriegshauser West Mortuary.

Sister Virginia Grumich

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Birthplace: St. Louis

Entrance: 1956

First profession: 1958

Final profession: 1964

Education: Bachelor’s in history, Notre Dame College, 1961

Master’s in special education, Cardinal Stritch University, 1970

Service in the archdiocese: Special education teacher, St. Mary’s Special School, St. Louis, 1961-68

Administrator education vocational at St. Joseph’s Vocational Center, St. Louis, 1974-81

Director of mission office at motherhouse, St. Louis, 1981-88

Service outside the archdiocese: Teacher and education administrator in Louisiana, California, Illinois and South Dakota

About Sister Virginia Grumich: Currently, Sister Virginia is volunteering around the motherhouse.

Sister Joel Marie Mackay

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Birth name: Dorothea Helen

Birthplace: St. Louis

Entrance: 1956

First profession: 1957

Final profession: 1964

Education: Bachelor’s in elementary education, Notre Dame College, 1957

Master’s in elementary education, Saint Louis University, 1969

Service in the archdiocese: Teacher, Immaculate Heart of Mary, St. Louis, 1958-61

Teacher, St. William, St. Louis, 1961-63

Teacher, All Souls, St. Louis, 1963-67

Teacher, Notre Dame Elementary School, St. Louis, 1972-73

Supervisor of testing center at Notre Dame High School, St. Louis, 1995-2011

Service outside the archdiocese: Teacher in Illinois and Missouri

About Sister Joel Marie Mackay: Sister Joel is currently volunteering at Notre Dame High School and conducting prayer services in St. Louis.

Sister Carol Markus

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Birthplace: Aviston, Ill.

Entrance: 1956

First profession: 1958

Final profession: 1964

Education: Bachelor’s in theology, Notre Dame College, 1961

Master’s in guidance counselor/ education, Saint Louis University, 1975

Master’s in religious studies, Incarnate Word College, 1984

Service in the archdiocese: Teacher, St. Michael School, St. Louis, 1962-66

Service outside the archdiocese: Teacher and elementary administrator in Missouri, Illinois and California

Pastoral ministry in Mississippi, Arizona, South Dakota and Texas

About Sister Carol Markus: Sister Carol is currently providing prayer and ministry to Cottages at Cathedral Plaza and the SSND residence in Belleville, Ill.

Sister Joan Markus

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Birthplace: Aviston, Ill.

Entrance: 1956

First profession: 1958

Final profession: 1964

Education: Bachelor’s in theology, Notre Dame College, 1961

Master’s in elementary administration, Southeast Missouri State University, 1972

Master’s in religious studies, Saint Louis University, 1987

Service in the archdiocese: Middle school teacher, St. Dominic Savio, St. Louis, 1960-62

Co-ordinator of education curriculum, St. Louis Province, 1978-80

Director for social concerns, St. Louis Province, 1982-88

Provincial, St. Louis Province, 2007-11

Service outside the archdiocese: Middle school teacher and education curriculum/administrator in Missouri, Illinois and California

Program director of diocese in Texas

Secretary to general superior in Rome

About Sister Joan Markus: Sister Joan is currently the director of spiritual care at St. Joseph Hospital in Breese, Ill.

Sister Patricia Agnes O’Toole

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Birthplace: Overland

Entrance: 1956

First profession: 1958

Final profession: 1964

Education: Bachelor’s in biology, Fontbonne College, 1954

Master’s in science education, Saint Louis University, 1971

Service in the archdiocese: High School teacher, St. Francis Borgia, Washington, 1958-63

High School teacher, Rosati-Kain High School, St. Louis, 1963-75

Contract compliance officer, St. Louis Area Agency on Aging, 1975-present

About Sister Patricia Agnes O’Toole: Sister Patricia is currently a contract compliance officer for St. Louis Area Agency on Aging. She has been in this ministry since 1975.

Sister Joanne Marie Otte

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Birthplace: St. Louis

Entrance: 1956

First profession: 1958

Final profession: 1964

Education: Bachelor’s in English, Notre Dame College, 1960

Master’s in education English, Cardinal Stritch University, 1977

Service in the archdiocese: Elementary teacher, St. Liborius, St. Louis, 1969

Service outside the archdiocese: Elementary and middle school teacher and administrator in Missouri, Iowa and California

Community service to the Generalate in Rome

About Sister Joanne Marie Otte: Sister Joanne is providing her services and prayers to the motherhouse in St. Louis.

Sister Carleen Reck

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Birthplace: St. Louis

Entrance: 1956

First profession: 1958

Final profession: 1964

Education: Bachelor’s in English, Notre Dame College, 1960

Master’s in English, University of Notre Dame, 1969

Doctorate in education, Saint Louis University, 1978

Service in the archdiocese: Middle school teacher, Our Lady of Lourdes, Washington, 1959-61

Co-ordinator of education curriculum, St. Louis Province, 1970-76

Religious council, St. Louis Province, 1991-99

Executive director, Criminal Justice Ministry 2015-16

Service outside the archdiocese: Teacher in Illinois and Missouri

Program national director of National Catholic Education Association in Washington, D.C., 1977-86

Superintendent in Missouri

About Sister Carleen Reck: Sister Carleen is currently volunteering and consulting around St. Louis for the Criminal Justice Ministry and Cardinal Ritter Senior Services.

Sister Jacqueline Sellmeyer

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Birthplace: Washington

Entrance: 1956

First profession: 1958

Final profession: 1964

Education: Bachelor’s in English, Notre Dame College, 1961

Master’s in education English, Loyola Marymount, 1973

Service outside the archdiocese: Elementary and middle school teacher in Louisiana, California and Illinois

About Sister Jacqueline Sellmeyer: Sister Jacqueline is currently performing prayer and community service in Quincy, Ill.

Sister Deanne Stratmann

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Birthplace: Belleville, Ill.

Entrance: 1956

First profession: 1958

Final profession: 1964

Education: Bachelor’s in history, Notre Dame College, 1960

Master’s in elementary education, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, 1975

Service in the archdiocese: Middle school teacher, St. Aloysius in St. Louis, 1961-68

Resource person, Motherhouse, 1976-78

Director for formal education, Notre Dame Tutorial Center, St. Louis, 2006-09

Service outside the archdiocese: Middle school teacher and administrator in Missouri, Illinois and California

About Sister Deanne Stratmann: Sister Deanne has served the motherhouse in St. Louis in a variety of ways over the years. She is currently offering prayer and presence in Bridgeton at the Elizabeth House.

Sister Lorraine Soukup

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Birth name: Mary Ruth

Birthplace: St. Paul, Minn.

Entrance: 1956

First profession: 1958

Final profession: 1964

Education: Bachelor’s in speech, Notre Dame College, 1960

Master’s in elementary administration, Southeast Missouri State University, 1974

Service in the archdiocese: Middle school teacher, St. Gabriel the Archangel, St. Louis, 1964-68

Middle school teacher, Compton Heights Catholic School, St. Louis, 1974-75

Middle school teacher, DePorres Catholic School, St. Louis, 1985-86

Community service, Villa Gesu, 1982-85.

Service outside the archdiocese: Teacher and educational administrator in Missouri, Nebraska, California and Illinois

Director of religious education and adult education in Florida

About Sister Lorraine Soukup: Currently, Sister Lorraine is volunteering and offering prayer and presence at the motherhouse in St. Louis.

Sister Jacqueline Toben

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Birthplace: Washington

Entrance: 1956

First profession: 1958

Final profession: 1964

Education: Bachelor’s in English, Notre Dame College, 1961

Master’s in English, Loyola Marymount, 1971

Service in the archdiocese: Teacher, St. Michael, St. Louis, 1962-64

Teacher, Laboure High School, St. Louis, 1974-79

Teacher, Cardinal Ritter Prep School, St. Louis, 1979-81

Teacher, International School, St. Louis, 1981-82

Prison pastoral care, St. Vincent DePaul Society, 1981-88

Social service counselor, Workshop Enterprises, 1988-90

Women, children and family advocate, St. Vincent, 2002-13

Director of pastoral parish, Let’s Start, St. Louis, 2003-14

Service outside the archdiocese: High school teacher in California and Illinois

About Sister Jacqueline Toben: Sister Jacqueline is currently a tutor for Innovative Concept Academy in St. Louis. She also offers prayer and presence to the SSND residence in St. Louis.

70th profession

Sister Marie Chaminade Zimmerle

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Birthplace: St. Louis

Entrance: 1945

First profession: 1948

Final profession: 1954

Education: Bachelors in elementary education, Notre Dame College, 1956

Master’s in special education, Saint Louis University, 1966

Service in the archdiocese: Teacher, Our Lady of Sorrows, St. Louis, 1948-50

Special education teacher, St. Joseph’s Vocational Center, 1963-68

Child care worker, St. Mary’s Special School, 1980-85

Social services staff of special needs facility, Sunnyhill, St. Louis, 1986-99

Driver, motherhouse, 1999-2009

Hospitality staff, Motherhouse, 2009-07

Service outside the archdiocese: Teacher at middle schools in Texas and California

About Sister Marie Chaminade Zimmerle: Sister Marie is enjoying being retired where she participates in prayer services and working in the retirement community helping her fellow sisters.

Sister Mary Kenan Wolff

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Birthplace: St. Louis

Entrance: 1945

First profession: 1948

Final profession: 1954

Education: Bachelor’s in secondary education, Loyola University, Louisiana, 1955

Master’s in secondary education, Our Lady of the Lake University in Texas, 1963

Service in the archdiocese: High school teacher, St. Francis Borgia, Washington, 1962-65

High school administrator, St. Joseph High School, Farmington, 1965-69

High school teacher, Rosary High School, St. Louis, 1969-71

High school teacher, St. Francis DeSales High School, St. Louis, 1972-73

High school librarian and media specialist, St. Francis De Sales High School, St. Louis, 1973-74

Pastoral care worker, St. Francis De Sales Parish, St. Louis, 1973-74

High school librarian, Notre Dame High School, St. Louis, 1975-81

Elementary school volunteer, St. Boniface, St. Louis, 1994-95

Service outside the archdiocese: Teacher at middle schools and high schools in Louisiana, Mississippi, Illinois, Iowa and California

About Sister Mary Kenan Wolff: Sister Wolff enjoys being retired. She still offers her services in the community through prayer services, volunteer ministry and driving at the motherhouse.

75th profession

Sister Marie Virginia Strubhart

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Birth name: Mary Margaret

Birthplace: Aviston, Ill.

Entrance: 1940

First profession: 1943

Final profession: 1949

Education: Master’s in elementary administration, Saint Louis University, 1972

Bachelor’s in elementary education, Arkansas State University, 1953

Service in the archdiocese: Middle school teacher, Our Lady Queen of Peace, 1986-92

Administrator and sewing, Liturgical Fabric Arts, 1992-2012

Postmistress, Motherhouse, 1992-99

Community service, Motherhouse, 1999-2011

Prayer and presence, Theresa Center, 2011-13

Community service, Theresa Center, 2012-13

Service outside the archdiocese: Teacher at middle schools and elementary schools in Illinois, Arkansas, California and Nebraska.

About Sister Marie Virginia Strubhart: She has nine siblings — three sisters and six brothers. At the age of 18, she decided to become a School Sister of Notre Dame. In her spare time, she loves sewing and reading.

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