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Mount St. Francis, Dubuque, Iowa

commend to your charity the soul of their beloved


who was born September 21, 1940, and

who departed this life April 13, 2015,

in the 52nd year of her religious life.

Visitation: 4-7 p.m., Friday, April 17, with a wake service at 7 p.m.

Mass of Christian Burial: Saturday, April 18, at 1 p.m.

May she rest in peace 

Sister Mary Elaine was born in Petersburg, Iowa, to Henry and Alvira (Naber) Boeding on September 21, 1940. Following her graduation from Lamont Consolidated High School in 1959, she worked at Collins Radio Company for two years.

She entered the Sisters of St. Francis on October 8, 1961, and made final profession of vows August 12, 1970.  Sister ministered as a health care provider in Emporia, Kan., and with Home Health Care, Amicare, and Home Instead. She also worked in various capacities at Immaculate Conception Convent, Stonehill Care Center and Visitation Convent in Dubuque.

Sister is survived by her sisters: Dorothy (Wayne) Lovetinsky, Rose Ann (Gary) Davis, Laura Jean (Allen) Behning and Janet (Tom) Wilhelm; her brothers Francis (Lois), Al (Patsy); brother-in-law John Thys and her Franciscan sisters with whom she shared 52 years of her life.

Sister was preceded in death by her parents and her brothers Herman (Coletta), Linus (Joyce), and Leo (Edith); her sisters: Virginia Wise and Rita Mae Thys.


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