In Memoriam


(1926-2016)

Sister Ann de Lourdes Plourde, baptized Laurel Ann, was born on October 19, 1925, in Detroit. She was the oldest of the five children born to Gordon and Gertrude (Stindt) Plourde. Her parents were of French and German ancestry from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Her father was a corporate attorney and her mother a school teacher before they married.

In her autobiography, Sister Ann wrote:

After they were married five of [my mother’s] sisters came one by one to work in Detroit and live in our home until they married or left again. Occasionally Grandma or Grandpa lived with us and we enjoyed the comparative luxury of having help with the dishes and having our clothes ironed beautifully. The increasing demands of a family of five children and occasionally a grandparent did not put us in what is modernly called ‘the upper bracket.’ 

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(1932-2016)

Sister Barbara Bieker was born in her grandmother’s house in Chehalis, Washington, on October 2, 1932. She was the second of three children born to Thomas Andrew and Ruby Alice (Handy) Bieker. In an article entitled, “I Need to be Ready for Anything,” Sister Barbara shared the following information about her family and childhood.

I have an older brother Jim and a younger sister Rosemary. When I was a young child, my family moved to Onalaska, Washington, where my public school education began. My family attended Mass sometimes at St. Joseph’s in Chehalis where I first met the Dominican Sisters [Congregation of Holy Cross]...I was impressed by their kindness. It was at this time that I first wanted to be a teacher. 

When I was a junior in high school, the Sisters came from [their Motherhouse in] Everett to teach summer vacation school. Sister Mary Jean Dorcy and Sister Agnella Graf invited and encouraged me to finish my senior year at Holy Angels High School in Seattle, which I did.

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(1914-2016)

Joy is the echo of Christ’s life within us. 

Baptized Kathleen Phillips, Sister Maura was born on April 25, 1914, in Defiance, Ohio. She was the third and last child born to James and Catherine (O’Donnell) Phillips. “I was blessed,” Sister Maura wrote her in autobiography, “with a wonderful mother and father. I never remember hearing an unkind word in our home.” She went on to describe her family.

My father, a strict puritanical Protestant, was born in Ada, Ohio, in 1877. He taught in the local school and later moved into the telephone business in Norwalk, Ohio, where he met and married my mother. My mother would never divulge the year she was born – not even for her grave marker. She used to say, ‘We are related to the kings of Ireland,” whatever that meant, since every proud Irishman loved to make the same boast. My father joined the Church in order to marry my mother.

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(1922-2016)

Sister Mary Jane Schallert was born on July 25, 1922, in Detroit. She was the first of three girls born to William and Maybell (McCarty) Schallert. Her mother was born in Bay City, Michigan, and her father in St. Louis, Missouri. Sister Mary Jane provided this description of her parents in her autobiography.

We lived during the depression days when my practical Irish mother prodded us all to strive for the highest – my methodical thinking German father made sure the wages stretched. My mother had grandiose ideas of striking it rich in the Real Estate business, or a B&B in our home at St. Theresa [Parish]. She felt a little win at bingo or a small bet on the horses would stretch the earnings just a bit. My dad, after a few puffs on his pipe, would say, “Now Maybell, have we really thought this project through?” Then my mother was on to bigger and better ideas.

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