THE SISTERS OF ST. FRANCIS OF THE HOLY FAMILY
Mount St. Francis, Dubuque, Iowa
commend to your charity the soul of their beloved
SISTER ANNE (LORAN) KISTING
who was born February 10, 1932, and
who departed this life March 22, 2014,
in the 64th year of her religious life.
Visitation: Tuesday, March 25, 2014, with a wake service at 7 p.m.
Mass of Christian Burial: Wednesday, March 26, 2014, at 1 p.m.
Presider: Fr. Ron Friedell
May she rest in peace
Anne Catherine Kisting was born to William and Cleopha (Kalb) Kisting in Dubuque, Iowa, on February 10, 1932. Three brothers, William, John, and Paul, completed the family. She was educated at Sacred Heart Grade School and Immaculate Conception Academy in Dubuque. Both schools were close enough to the family home on 23rd and White St. to allow Anne to walk to and from school.
On August 25, l949, she entered Mount St. Francis and was received on August 12, 1950, with the name Sister Mary Loran. After making first vows on August 12, 1952, she began teaching at SS. Peter and Paul School in Petersburg. After three years there she was sent to the community’s teacher training school, Holy Trinity, in Dubuque. She admitted to being a little shocked at what was expected of her, but found the four years spent there to be challenging and rewarding.
Sister taught upper grades and was principal at Visitation School, Stacyville; Holy Ghost, Dubuque; Mater Christi, North Riverside, IL; and St. Mary, Manchester. Many of her students remember her because she had a genuine love for each of them. One of her values was to instill in her students a spirit of inclusiveness and fair play.
Her unwavering support for the Cubs led to an annual trip to Chicago with other loyal Cubs fans. Cub memorabilia could always be found in her car and her classroom.
After a sabbatical in New York, Sister left teaching and served in various parish positions, first at St. John’s in Independence, then on a five parish team in Blairstown, and finally at Coggon where she was the pastoral associate for nineteen years. During this time, her health deteriorated greatly, and the people of St. John’s parish were very faithful in caring for her. Both she and Father Wayne Droessler retired at the same time. The brochure in their honor reads, “Thank you for your caring love and years of service to our faith communities. Your dedication and leadership were a blessing for us all.”
On the occasion of her golden jubilee, many relatives and friends wrote of their memories and impressions of Sister Anne. Among the characteristics commonly mentioned were her loving personality, her supportive presence, and her gentle spirit. She was very attentive to her father in his later years, and it was she who brought the extended family together for reunions.
After living a very full life, Sister Anne retired to Clare House in 2012.
Sister is survived by her brothers John (Eula Mai) and Paul (Danielle), her sister-in-law, Dorothy, and her Franciscan sisters with whom she shared 63 years of her life.
Sister was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, William.