Sr. Dorlores Banowetz

Sister Dolores Banowetz was born in their farm house near Sugar Creek, Iowa, December 7, 1929 to Michael and Minnie Banowetz. Dolores had 11 brothers and three sisters. It is more than 70 years since Dolores, at age 17 years, decided to join the Sisters of St. Francis on August 12, 1947. Dolores served the community as a homemaker in Ossian, Cascade, and Waterloo. Xavier Hospital and Immaculate Conception Academy and Mount St. Francis Motherhouse kitchen in Dubuque. She served in St. Cloud, Minnesota, Shalom Spirituality Center, and three churches in Dubuque. Recently Dolores retired to the Mount St. Francis Motherhouse, doing volunteer jobs and caring for several outdoors flower gardens. “I am grateful to God and our community for the amazing journey of these 70 years.”

Sr. Edwardine Freking

Irene Angeline Freking, the oldest of six children born to the late Clem and Edna (Healy) Freking, was born April 7, 1929, at Sacred Heart Hospital in LeMars, Iowa. She grew up on the family farm five miles from Hospers, Iowa. After attending country school, St. Anthonys in Hospers, and St. Mary’s Academy in Alton, Iowa, she entered the Dubuque Franciscans in 1947, with final profession in 1952. Further education followed at Briar Cliff and Emporia (Kansas) State University. Before retiring to Mount St. Francis, she taught for 53 years in elementary classrooms and music at St. Mary and Holy Ghost in Dubuque, St. Christopher, Midlothian, Illinois, St. Michael in Sioux City, and St. Mary in Remsen, Iowa. “I am grateful for my family, my Franciscan community, and all those whom I met and worked with over the years.”

Sr. Imogene Klein

Sister Imogene (Marcella Margaret) was born on a farm near Algona September 1, 1929, the eighth child of Nicholas and Mary (Heiderscheit) Klein. When her family moved to St. Joseph, IA, Marcella was taught by the Dubuque Franciscan Sisters. After graduation, she entered Mt. St. Francis. At her reception in 1948 she received the name Sister Imogene. Her final profession was in August 1953. She received her college education at Briar Cliff, Clarke, and graduated from Loras College. Her teaching ministry in Iowa schools was at Rickardsville, Dubuque, Templeton, Granville, North Buena Vista, Guttenberg, Remsen, Ossian, and Stacyville and in Illinois at Midlothian and Mater Christi. Before retiring to Mt. St. Francis in 2000 Sister served as a full time volunteer at Posada Homeless Agency in Pueblo, CO for 3 years and for 2 years at Before and After Care in Conway, AR. “As I continue my journey of 70 years as a Franciscan, I will forever sing the goodness of the Lord.”

Sr. Barbara Schaefer

Sister Barbara Schaefer was born on November 5, 1928, in Waterloo, Iowa, to parents, Peter and Wilhemina (Haberzeth) Schaefer. Barbara had two brothers, Melvin and Charles, and two sisters, Mary and Gloria.  The day of Barbara’s birth the Charge nurse told her mother that her general physical condition was not very good and probably would not live very long. Her mother, Wilhelmina knew that chamomile tea would heal Barbara, and so Barbara was given the life sustaining herb. As Barbara says, “it must have worked because here I am celebrating my Diamond Jubilee at the age of 90!”  Sister Barbara entered the Franciscan Community in Dubuque on August 25, 1947. The following year she was given the name Sister Mary Roland, and on August 10, 1953 professed her final vows. Sister Barbara worked in Dubuque, Sioux City, Bode, Ashton, Remsen, Roseville/Marble Rock, Manchester, and Waterloo, Iowa.

Sr. Denise Streng

Sister Denise (Jacinta) Streng is a Cascade, Iowa native. After graduating from St. Mary’s, she worked four years in the family store before entering Mount St. Francis.  Her elementary teaching days were spent at Sacred Heart in Dubuque, Pocahon­tas, Remsen, Ionia and Odebolt in Iowa and Midlothian, Illinois. In 1971 she enrolled in the Dubuque Beauty Academy and in 1972 set up a beauty salon at Mount St. Francis. In 1992 she retired from this ministry and became a volunteer at Stonehill Care Center. She resides at Clare House. “I am thankful to God and our community for the wonderful journey of these past 70 years,” said Sister Denise.