Sr. Edith Halbach
Sister Edith (Marvin) Halbach grew up on a farm in Stacyville. She attended Visitation School for all 12 grades. Her main ministry was as a registered nurse. In Dubuque she worked at Xavier Hospital at various times and in various staff and supervisory positions, and also at St. Francis Home. Other places of ministry were St. Mary’s Hospital, Emporia, Kansas; and St. John’s Medical Center, Tulsa, Oklahoma. In Eau Claire, Wisconsin, she served as a clinical instructor in nursing. She was the first parish nurse in Mason City. Sister now resides at Clare House at Mount St. Francis Center.
Sr. Joan Hosch
Sister Joan (Nathanael) Hosch loved growing up on a farm in her native Cascade and riding her horse in the hills. She was educated at St. Mary’s School, Cascade. She ministered as teacher and/or principal in the Catholic schools of Pomeroy, Keota, Templeton, Dubuque (Sacred Heart), Luxemburg and Dyersville, Iowa; and in Niles and Hazel Crest, Illinois. She then cared for the residents at Stonehill Care Center for eight years. In 2000 she fulfilled a longtime dream and opened The Sweet Shoppe at Mount St. Francis, a favorite place for the sisters and staff to visit for treats.
Sr. JoAnn (Vernon) Lohrman
Sister JoAnn (Vernon) Lohrman, a native of Oelwein, received her grade and high school education at Sacred Heart School in Oelwein. She attended Briar Cliff College in Sioux City for a year before entering Mount St. Francis. A homemaker, she served in the congregation’s missions in Rickardsville, Mapleton and New Hampton, and in Dubuque at Mary of the Angels and Loras College. She worked in the laundry at Xavier Hospital for 22 years, then at Mercy Health Center’s laundry for 17 years. She now resides at Clare House where she is retired. “The Lord God has brought me to this major milestone in his service and the service of his people. As for the future, with his help I go onward,” she said.
Sr. Theresa Rolling
Sister Theresa (Macrina) Rolling was born in Armstrong, the 5th of the 15 children of Peter and M. Elizabeth Rolling. She attended county school in Emmet and Kosouth counties, transferring to St. John the Baptist School in Bancroft in 6th grade. After graduation she entered Mount St. Francis. She served as elementary teacher in Iowa at St. Mary’s, Waterloo; St. Mary’s, Remsen; Sacred Heart, Dubuque; and St. Donatus/St. Catherine. Certified as pastoral associate, she ministered in Fort Dodge and Forest City/Lake Mills, Iowa and Kearney/Amerst, Nebraska. With Father Raymond Kirtz, OFM, she directed retreats at Christ the King Retreat Center in Buffalo, Nebraska, the Duluth Diocese and in nursing homes in Minnesota and Iowa. She now resides at Clare House in Dubuque. “I rejoice in celebrating this jubilee as a Franciscan Sister,” she remarked. “I am grateful for God’s love experienced through my Franciscan Sisters, my family, friends, and the people with whom I lived and served. This is a blessed occasion for giving thanks, glory, honor and praise to God, who is ever faithful.”
Sr. Marla Smith
Sister Marla (Virginia) Smith, daughter of William and Mae Smith, was born on a farm near Webster City. After graduating from high school in Stratford and attending the American Institute of Business in Des Moines, she worked as a secretary in the Department of Agriculture in Indianapolis, Ind. Following this work experience, she attended Iowa State University in Ames and later transferred to Clarke College in Dubuque. After college graduation and a dietetic internship at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, she entered the Sisters of St. Francis. Her first ministry assignment was as a dietitian at Xavier Hospital in Dubuque, where she worked for 22 years, taking time off to earn a master’s degree at Iowa State University. In 1973, she moved to Ames where she worked as a dietitian at Mary Greeley Medical Center and later as a secretary at Iowa State University. Sister resides at Clare House. “I believe jubilee is a special time for joy and gratitude,” she said.
Sr. Mary Arnold Staudt
Sister Mary Arnold Staudt, a native of Stacyville, graduated from Visitation Grade School/High School. Her ministry has been in music. She taught music in grade and high school at St. Mary and Columbus in Waterloo and in Ossian and Remsen. She also helped with liturgy at these parishes. She retired in 2010 from over 30 years of service at Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, where she was assistant professor of music and university organist. She now resides at Mount St. Francis, where she is organist and does some teaching. “I have enjoyed teaching music at all levels, living with many other sisters of my community, and getting to know the good people and priests in the communities where I have ministered,” she reflected. “These people and experiences have greatly enriched my life.”