The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

Lifestyles

January 22, 2014

Turning back the clock

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"I remember the old Alverno," Bertha said. "My father was there."

Bertha also remembers back when the Alverno was run by the Sisters of St. Francis, as did current Alverno liason Sister Paschal Hocum.

Dressed in a traditional Catholic habit, Paschal reminisced about the history of the Alverno, and the many changes and transitions it has seen over the course of its 100 years.

"When we started the Alverno in 1914 it was the first home for the elderly in Clinton," Paschal said. "What's key is we came here to teach so, we opened the academy. And then we opened the Alverno."

Those memories are why Goodman and Bergmann find it essential to continue their relationship with the Sisters of St. Francis and why their input, and fond memories, were integral to Tuesday's celebration and the remainder of celebrations that will take place this year.

"Having the Sisters here to see it, and remember it, really means a lot," Goodman said. "We work really hard to keep them involved with every aspect that we can and their input is essential to the Alverno so, I'm really looking forward to the rest of the year, and all the stuff we have planned."

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