Sister Colane Recker, OSF

Recker Colane

Sister Colane (Martinella) Recker, OSF, died Friday, November 19, 2021 at the age of 81.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Mount St. Francis Center at 1:00 pm Monday, December 6, 2021. Livestream of the service can be viewed at: Burial of cremains will be at a later date at Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Sister Colane, daughter of the late Edward and Gertrude (Hansen) Recker, was born May 19, 1940 in Alton, IA.  She was baptized and confirmed at St. Mary, Alton.  She entered the Sisters of St. Francis in Dubuque from St. Mary on September 3, 1958.  She was received with the name Sister Mary Martinella on August 10, 1959 and made her final profession of vows August 12, 1966.

Sister received her masters degree in library science from the University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, IA. She ministered in Iowa as an educator at Holy Trinity, Dubuque; Manchester; Arcadia; Bancroft; Remsen; Danbury Catholic School, Danbury; LeMars; and Bishop Heelan High School, Sioux City. 

Sister is survived by her sisters Gayle (Chuck) Schmidt, Elaine Harriman, Jeanette (George) Curry, and Mary Lou Bauler; brother Ed (Renae) Recker; sister-in-law Jean Recker; nieces, nephews, and her Franciscan sisters.

Sister was preceded in death by her parents; her sisters Karen Recker and Bonnie Recker; brother Richard Recker; and brothers-in-law Jim Harriman and John Bauler.

Memorials may be given to the Sisters of St. Francis, Dubuque, IA.