Sr. Carol Ann Berte
Sister Carol Ann Berte (baptized Amanda) is the ninth of 13 children. She grew up on a farm near Bode, Iowa, and attended St. Joe Grade and High School. She graduated from St. Joseph School of Nursing in Sioux City and worked at the Kansas City Veteran’s Hospital before entering Mount St. Francis. She has ministered as nurse, mental health nurse, pastoral minister and health care chaplain. Her missions include Xavier Hospital, Dubuque and Cherokee Mental Health Institute in Iowa; St. Mary’s Hospital, Emporia Kansas; in Illinois at Mater Christi Parish, North Riverside and Our Lady of Tepeyac Church, Chicago and at the Chicago Archdiocesan Mission in Quechultenango and Guerro, Mexico. Sister retired in 2011 after serving 11 years at St. John’s Hospital, Tulsa, Oklahoma, as chaplain. “Jubilee for me is a time of celebration with my Franciscan community, family and friends and a time to say “thank you” for what has been.”
Sr. Charlotte “Char” Enright
Sister Charlotte (Ann Denise) Enright, the oldest of three children, was born in the Franciscan Sisters’ Sacred Heart Hospital in Le Mars, Iowa, and lived in Struble, Iowa, until the family moved to Sioux Falls, South Dakota. In Sioux Falls she attended public school through 6th grade, and finished her education at St. Joseph Cathedral Grade and High School. She taught grades three to eight in Cascade, Granville, and Emmetsberg in Iowa; in Hazel Crest, Illinois and Portland, Oregon. She was Director of Religious Education in Maquoketa, Iowa and Durango, Colorado. She served as sales representative of religious education materials for Living the Good News, Denver, Colorado; Resource Publications, San Jose, California, and Loyola Press, Chicago, Illinois. Later she was lead teacher at the EXCEL Learning Center in Morton, Mississippi; and in 2012 she joined Americorps and taught English as a second language after which she volunteered to teach English to Vietnamese Sisters as well as students at the Presentation Lantern Center in Dubuque. “Jubilee is a time of gratitude for many blessings and opportunities to serve others as a Franciscan Sister. To all who have been a part of my journey–my Franciscan Sisters, my family and friends, everyone who has touched my life, thank you for your friendship, support and prayer,” said Sister Char.
Sr. Carole Freking
Sister Carole Freking, a native of Remsen, Iowa, entered Mount St. Francis after graduating from St. Mary’s High and was named Sister John Marie after her parents, John and Mary. One of five children, she gained six more siblings when her mother married Elmer Willenborg of Dyersville, Iowa, after her father’s death. Sister Carole’s missions in Iowa include Dubuque Wahlert High; Pocahontas Catholic; Dyersville’s Beckman High; St. Paul’s School of Religion, Manchester, where she also was co-director; pastoral associate and liturgist at St. Patrick’s Parish, Nevada, and pastoral associate and director of religious education at St. Joseph’s Parish, Elkader, and Sacred Heart Parish in Volga. She co-founded the Christian Experience Weekend (CEW) program in 1974, led service trips to poverty areas, served on the renewal programs Teens Encounter Christ, Marriage Encounter, and Family Encounter, served on the Dubuque Franciscan vocation team and co-directed their Franciscan Associate program. She has been pastoral administrator at St. Clara in Clara City, Minnesota, ministered in Holy Family Area Catholic Community, and served on several diocesan committees and Sisters Council. Currently she works with Bridges Out of Poverty in Waterloo, Iowa. “What a year of joy this jubilee is for me as we celebrate God’s marvelous goodness and graces to us! I’m so grateful for my Catholic and Franciscan heritage, for the richness of my full life, and for the countless people who have been the face of God for me!”
Sr. Kathleen Grace
Sister Kathleen Grace (Miriam Louise) was born in Dubuque, Iowa and attended St. Joseph Grade School in Key West and Sacred Heart Grade School in Dubuque. She later attended Immaculate Conception Academy and Wahlert High School, both in Dubuque. She is the oldest of three girls born to Loras and Virginia Pauly Grace. She taught in Niles, Illinois before ministering as Director of Religious Education in Anthon, Moville, Holstein, Oto and Cherokee in Iowa, and in Springfield, Missouri. In Mission and McAllen, Texas, she was DRE and later worked for refugee resettlement and child welfare through fostering/adoption. She had been in Immigrant Ministry in Waterloo from 1993 to 2019, except for four years in Community leadership; and is now retired at Mount St Francis in Dubuque “Jubilee is a time to celebrate the past but also to commit to the future. I commit myself to celebrate and promote the dignity of all people; to speak for equality.”
Sr. Mary Hauber
Dubuque native, Sister Mary (Paulita) Hauber had a love/passion for music from a very early age. She attended St. Mary’s School and Immaculate Conception Academy. In 1960, upon graduation from high school, she entered Mount St. Francis. Sister Mary taught classroom music and private piano lessons, beginning in her own home parish. Later, she moved on to teach at North Riverside in Illinois, St. Edward’s in Waterloo, Iowa and in Dyersville, Iowa. Starting in 1988, Sister Mary served as a full time piano teacher, serving students in the Waterloo and Cedar Falls area. Sister Mary taught any student prepared to meet her one criteria: the willingness to practice. Her students included all ages, faiths, cultures and abilities. A Master of Music degree in Piano Pedagogy is among her degrees. She could easily find many creative ways to keep her students motivated and fully engaged, publishing books titled: 101 Ways to Ask a Student to Repeat a Line of Music Without Ever Saying, “Do it again.” She also has music published through Alfred Music Company. “Students likewise engage me”, said Sister Mary. “Every student brings me a surprise each time they come in the door. That is what makes life bright and beautiful.” After 52 years of teaching, Sister has returned in retirement to her hometown, Dubuque, where she engages with her students via Facebook.
Sr. Susan Ivis
Sister Susan Ivis is from Omaha, Nebraska. She was educated at Immaculate Conception and Castellar grade schools, and South High School in Omaha. At 15 she worked as a dietary aide at St. Joseph Hospital, Omaha, and later as a nurse aide there. Following graduation she attended Briar Cliff College for two years before entering Mount St. Francis. She taught for four years at Sacred Heart School in Dubuque, than completed her Registered Nurse education. She nursed at St. Mary’s Hospital, Emporia, Kansas and Holy Family Hall Infirmary in Dubuque, and served as a nursing instructor at St. Joseph Hospital in Sioux City (where she had received her nursing education). In Omaha she was on staff at the Peritoneal Dialysis Clinic; she served in staff development with employees of all levels at Redman Nursing Center; and at Clarkson Hospital she was a staff nurse in the Radiation Oncology Unit and an instructor in the hospitals’ School of Nursing. She ministered as Pastoral Minister of Health Care at Holy Ghost Parish, Dubuque, and since 1998 she has been Parish Nurse at St. Philip Neri Parish/St. Bernard Parish in Omaha. “I am grateful for all the opportunities my community has given to me.”
Sr. Theresa Jungers
Sister Theresa Jungers grew up on a farm near Hospers with two sisters and three brothers, and attended St. Anthony Grade School and Hospers High School. After entering Mount St. Francis, she taught junior high in Illinois at North Riverside and Niles, and also served as administrator at Niles. At Stonehill Franciscan Services, Dubuque, Sister Theresa ministered to the elderly and persons suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. For 21 years she served as a counselor and community living consultant to young persons with disabilities at Village Northwest Unlimited (VNU) in Sheldon, Iowa. While ministering at VNU, she had the privilege of living with and caring for her elderly mother during the last 3 years of her mother’s life. Sister Theresa serves the sisters at Mount St. Francis Center in many areas.
Sr. Marcine Kellner
St. Joe/Bode native Sister Marcine (Jeannette) Kellner grew up on a farm with thirteen younger siblings. She attended St. Joseph grade and high school, and studied at Briar Cliff University for a year before entering Mount St. Francis. She taught high school in Dyersville and Bancroft; during her 14 years in Bancroft she also taught adults through Iowa Lakes Community College. In Dubuque she served as meal-site manager for Alverno Apartments and as Director of Environment Services for Mount St. Francis Center for nine years. Since 1990 she has been bringing Franciscan presence and values to various corporations, serving in several roles including manager, educator, trainer of educators, professional scorer for state required exams in various disciplines, and adjunct faculty member of Kirkwood Community College. From 2008-2015 Sister Marcine served as Senior Advisor for Medicare and Medicaid for Thomas Cardella and Associates. She retired in 2015 and resides at Clare House. “This Jubilee is a festive time to celebrate, with Community, family and friends, the gift of vocation and my response to that gift,” said Sister Marcine.
Sr. Bertha Kruse
Sister Bertha Kruse (baptized Donna Mae) is originally from Petersburg, Iowa. The oldest of six children, and big sister to five brothers, she grew up on the family farm, helping with the younger children. She attended St. Peter and St. Paul School in Petersburg, and for some years she helped on the farm and worked locally before entering Mount St. Francis. A homemaker, Sr. Bertha served at St. Mary’s Convent, Remsen and at Briar Cliff College, Sioux City. The majority of her service has been In Dubuque: at Immaculate Conception Convent, Holy Family Hall Infirmary, and from 1978 to 2013 at Mount St. Francis Center, where besides preparing delicious food, she was involved in initiating and helping to prepare many celebrations throughout the years. Sister Bertha retired in 2013 and resides at Clare House. “Wow – 60 years! I’ve enjoyed every place I have served in, and I’m grateful for all the friendship and support that I’ve received in all my places of ministry.”
Sr. Jane McGrain
Sioux City diocese native Sister Jane (Lambert) McGrain grew up on a farm in Mapleton, Iowa, the oldest of six children. She attended St. Mary’s grade school and graduated from the Mapleton Public High School. She worked as a bookkeeper, secretary and sales clerk for the Haubrick Construction Company for one year before entering Mount St. Francis. Sister Jane taught in Manchester, Iowa, Niles, Illinois, Luxemburg, Iowa (at the Rickardsville/Holy Cross/Luxemburg School System) and at St. Mary’s in Waterloo, Iowa. She served as receptionist for the Mercy Home for Boys and Girls in Chicago, and in Dubuque she has served as a driver for Mount St. Francis, and as secretary for the following: Kennedy Mall Marketing Office; Northeast Iowa Community College, Peosta and Dubuque; and Re/Max Advantage Realty. She also was secretary for the Churches’ Center for Land and People in Sinsinawa, Wisconsin. Sister Jane resides at Mount St. Francis. “This diamond jubilee is a time of rejoicing and giving thanks to God for His gifts to me. I am grateful to my parents and teachers for their inspiration and guidance,” states Sister Jane.
Sr. Judy Sinnwell
Sister Judy Sinnwell was born in Alta Vista, Iowa, the oldest of four children of Urban and Adella (Recker) Sinnwell. A graduate of St. William School, Alta Vista, Judy entered Mount St. Francis in August, 1960. Her first mission was teaching junior high students in Melrose Park, Illinois, followed by the same at St Edward, Waterloo, where she also served as administrator. In 1984, the congregation appointed Sister Judy to serve as co-director of initial formation. Seven years later, having completed certification-licensure as a massage therapist, she was the founder-owner of Integrating Wellness at Shalom Retreat Center, Dubuque. From 2007- 2015, Sister Judy was missioned to Calhoun City, Mississippi, where she was administrative director of an after school tutoring program for elementary students and continued providing massage therapy. Retirement in 2015 at Mount St. Francis involves volunteer opportunities for engagement in the mission of the congregation in new ways, making this 2011 quote more true: “A life-marker like a jubilee creates that reflective opportunity to know again, deep in one’s heart, that God’s persistent gifting and unlimited wisdom are abundant.”
Sr. Margaret Wick
Sister Margaret (Judith Ann) Wick was born in Sibley, Iowa, the second of eight children. She attended the public school in Sibley and received religious education from the Franciscan Sisters through a “released time” program. She completed her senior year of high school at the aspirancy and entered the congregation after graduation. A teacher and administrator, she taught high school students in La Motte and Bellevue and ministered at Briar Cliff College in Sioux City for 29 years as a faculty member, Academic Dean and President. She also was President of the Colleges of Mid-America, a consortium of church-related colleges in Iowa and South Dakota and served in various administrative roles at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. In 2003 she became resident manager of Alverno Apartments, and from 2008 –14 served on the congregation’s leadership team. Since completing her leadership term she has volunteered in the Social Justice office of the Diocese of Davenport, served as a consultant for the National Religious Retirement Office, and volunteered in the congregation’s archives office. “The past 60 years have been filled with great changes in the world and in the church. I am grateful for the gift and the challenge of journeying through them with the Dubuque Franciscans.”