In Memoriam


(1939 - 2015)

Sister Sharon Culhane, known as Sister Thomas Clare, was born in Rockford, Illinois, on December 1, 1938. Her parents were Thomas H. and Clara (Holomany) Culhane. She was one of six children in the Culhane family: three girls and three boys.

Sister Sharon graduated from Bishop Muldoon High School in 1956 and a year later entered the postulate on June 26, 1957, at the age of eighteen. Immediately after profession in December 1958, she was sent to St. Augustin School in Des Moines, Iowa, to teach elementary grades and CCD classes after school. Her next five teaching assignments would be in Illinois.

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Cemetery of the Adrian Dominican Sisters

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