The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa


June 24, 2014

Sisters mark anniversaries

CLINTON — Nine Sisters of St. Francis representatives will celebrate anniversaries of their entrances into religious life this year.

Marking 85 years is Sister Bertha Zeiser; Sister Rose Griffin, 70 years; and Sister Celeste Hanigan, Sister Teresa Kunkel, Sister Ruth Cox, Sister Joan Theiss, 60 years; and Sister Jacqueline Herrmann, Sister Gael Gensler and Sister Mary Lou Carlson, 50 years.

A celebration of Mass will take place Saturday, July 26, at Prince of Peace Catholic Church in Clinton. Bishop Martin Amos will preside.

Sister Bertha Zeiser

Sister Bertha Zeiser, who marked her 103 birthday this year, is celebrating 85 years as a Sister of St. Francis. Zeiser entered the congregation of the Sisters of St. Francis at Mount St. Clare Convent in Clinton on July 7, 1929, and received the name Mary Rupert at her reception, later resuming her baptismal name.

Zeiser spent most of her active ministry as a high school math and religion teacher, serving also as principal for 14 years. She taught at Mount St. Clare Academy for a total of 33 years. Previously, she had taught in parish schools in Chicago; Fonda and Victor, Iowa; and Lexington, Nebraska. She also served from 1962-1965 as director of the congregation’s temporary professed sisters.

“I was born in Browns, Iowa. It was little place, you couldn’t even call it a town (near Preston),” Zeiser said. “I went to grade school at St. Joseph parish school there and I attended Mount St. Clare boarding school in Clinton for four years of high school. I was well impressed by the life that I saw there of all the sisters and God called me to become a sister.”

After retiring from full-time classroom teaching in 1980, she assisted for five years with the Clinton Community College English as a Second Language program, working with adult Southeast Asian refugees. Her last mission was Reedley, California, where she served as receptionist at St. Anthony Parish from 1985-1995.

2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Text Only
  • PHOTOS: Clinton Junior Baseball 2014 Tournament Winners

    Clinton Junior Baseball 2014 Tournament Winners - Majors, Minors, Pee Wee

    July 25, 2014

  • JUST IN: Man shot in downtown Clinton

    A 32-year-old man was shot in downtown Clinton early today.

    July 25, 2014

  • YWCA offers lifeguard training

    CLINTON — The YWCA will offer lifeguard training in August.The course will be held from Aug. 4 to 10 at the YWCA. This 30-hour class will meet from 5 to 9 p.m. for four weeknights and from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday. A possibility of adding a class from 1

    July 25, 2014

  • Concurrent terms ordered in burglary case

    CLINTON — A Clinton man will serve four concurrent prison terms for his role in a string of 2012 burglaries.Assistant Clinton County Attorney Amanda Myers on Thursday requested the court to order Cory Mitchell, 38, to serve as much as 10 years in pri

    July 25, 2014

  • Whitecaps take away Clinton offense CLINTON — The Clinton LumberKings (13-19, 43-57) mustered only five hits as the visiting West Michigan Whitecaps (20-12, 61-41) shut down the hometown club at Ashford University Field.Whitecaps’ starter Jonathon Crawford (6-2) allowed only four men t

    July 25, 2014

  • 7-25-14 1B-Photo, Clinton track Clinton king of Brady DAVENPORT — It might not have been the blue oval, but Clinton track can place its mark at the top of the hill.The quartet of Barrion Collins, Marquis Robinson, Quavon Jones and Deshond Robinson won the high school boys division of the Battle Up Brady

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • Habitat for Humanity hosts fundraiser

    CLINTON — Habitat for Humanity will host a fundraiser in Thomson, Illinois.The Clinton County group will showcase Laid Back Luau from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 8, at Heirloom Cafe in Thomson. The event will feature games, prizes, music train rides for

    July 25, 2014

  • 7-24-14 1B-Photo, Choice 2 Cinderella run ends DUBUQUE — The playoff run was fun while it lasted. Dubuque Hempstead, the No. 1-ranked baseball team in Class 4A entering Wednesday, ended Clinton’s chances at back-to-back appearances in the state tournament in Des Moines. The Mustangs knocked out t

    July 24, 2014 2 Photos

  • 7-24-14 Used Book Sale Prep Finding a (temporary) new home CLINTON — The harsh winter delivered a devastating loss to the Friends of the Library.Now, months later, the Friends have regrouped and are ready to showcase its used books — albeit in a new school building.For several years, the Friends hosted its a

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Man charged with burglarizing cars CLINTON — A homeless Clinton man is currently held in the Clinton county jail on a $2,000 cash bond, on charges related to the Monday morning burglary of parked cars.Austin W. E. Housley, 20, is charged with possession of burglary tools, two counts o

    July 24, 2014

Clinton Herald Photos

Browse, buy and submit pictures with our photo site.