Sr. Darlene Chmielewski
Sister Darleen (Elisa) Chmielewski was born in Minneapolis. Her grade school education was in Blaine and high school in Spring Lake Park. She entered Mount St. Francis in 1959. She taught at Holy Ghost in Dubuque, St. Mary’s in Cascade and Gehlen High School in Le Mars. In 1969, Darleen began pastoral work in Chillan, Chile for 10 years. Later she worked with the Better World Retreat Movement in Chile promoting a New Image of the parish. After that she lived and worked with the Kanjobal people in the mountain village of San Miguel Acatan, Guatemala. In 1992, she moved to Napa, California, to be closer to her elderly parents and worked as a chaplain in the hospital and taught English as a second language. Since 2017 she has lived at Clare House in Dubuque, Iowa.
Sr. Julie Manternach
Sister Julie (Alice) Manternach, one of 10 children of the late Peter and Laura Manternach, grew up on a farm near Cascade. She was educated by the Franciscan Sisters throughout her 12 years at St. Mary’s School in Cascade. In 1959 she entered Mount St. Francis and began her Franciscan journey. She earned a BSN degree from what was Marycrest College in Davenport and a MSN degree from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. Her entire Franciscan life of ministry has been in the healthcare field, having served at the former Xavier Hospital and Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque. For more than 42 years she served at St. John Medical Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma. “The rewards of having lived this Franciscan life for 60 years have not been 100-fold but rather, 1,000-fold,” she stated. “I wake up every morning and find myself saying, ‘all this and heaven too!’”
Sr. Anne Marie Smith
Sister Anne Marie (Ramone) Smith, grew up on a farm in Jackson, Nebraska, the oldest of seven children. She attended Jackson Elementary School and Heelan High School in Sioux City. Her early assignments were teaching junior high and high school in Midlothian, Illinois, in North Washington, Iowa, and Dubuque (Wahlert Catholic High School). She then served as director of religious education in the parishes of Spillville, Iowa; St. John de Brebeuf in Niles, Illinois; Our Lady of the Valley in Phoenix and Resurrection in Tempe, Arizona. She is currently business manager at Resurrection Parish in Tempe. “My 60th jubilee is a time to reminisce, recall and renew, both my friendships and ministry in the parishes I’ve ministered in over the years,” she reflected. “It is also a time to celebrate with our Franciscan community and recall the heritage that is ours.”