The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

July 26, 2013

Sisters celebrate anniversaries


The Clinton Herald

---- — CLINTON — The Sisters of St. Francis of Clinton honored six sisters Saturday at a Mass celebrated by Most Reverend Martin Amos, Bishop of Davenport. The six sisters marked anniversaries of religious life by renewing their vows on Saturday at Prince of Peace Catholic Church.

Sister Jane McCarthy is a 60-year Jubilarian currently living at the Canticle and serving at Prince of Peace Catholic Church in Latino Ministry. Sister Jane spent most of her 60 years of active ministry in teaching and parish work. Sister Jane is a native of Clinton who attended St. Mary Grade School and Mount St. Clare Academy. In 1953 she entered The Sisters of St. Francis at Mount St. Clare Convent. She attended Mount St. Clare College, received a Bachelor of Arts degree in mathematics at the University of Iowa and a Master of Science degree in mathematics from the University of Notre Dame.

Sister Jane has taught mostly junior high and high school at Sacred Heart School, Mount St. Clare Academy, and Mater Dei High School in Clinton; St. Patrick in Rochelle, and St. Francis de Paula in Chicago; St. Margaret’s in Chino and St. Catherine’s in Riverside, Calif.; St. Ann’s in Lexington, Neb.; St. Justin Martyr in St. Louis, and St. Rita’s in Cameron, Mo. She also taught at Mount St. Clare College and was Academic Dean and Financial Aid Officer.

Sister Jane has served as Pastoral Associate at St. Francis de Paula, in Chicago and St. James in Maywood, Ill.; St. James in Washington, and at Prince of Peace in Clinton. Having studied Spanish in the Chicago Archdiocese and San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico, Sister Jane served the Hispanic communities in Maywood, Washington and Clinton.

Sister Ann Martinek is a 60-year Jubilarian currently living and working in St. Louis. as the Pastoral Associate at St. John Bosco Parish. She has spent most of her 60 years teaching and working for parishes. Sister Ann was born in Ft. Atkinson, Iowa and entered Sisters of St. Francis at Mount St. Clare Convent in 1953. Sister Ann received a Bachelor of Arts degree in art from George Peabody College for Teachers, Nashville, Tenn. and an Master of Education in administration and supervision from Loyola University in Chicago.

She has taught at St. Rita in Cameron, Mo.; St. Ann’s, Toluca, St. Francis de Paula, Chicago, and St. Gerald’s, Oak Lawn in Illinois. She was principal of St. Paul’s in Macomb, Ill.; Sacred Heart in Clinton; and St. Justin Martyr in St. Louis.

Sister Ruth E. Westmoreland is a 50-year Jubilarian currently living and working in Davenport as the Coordinator at Café on Vine. She has spent her 50 years in education, helping troubled children, and caring for the homeless. She was born in Fort Dodge and entered the Sisters of St. Francis Sept. 8, 1963. She earned her associate degree from Mount St. Clare College and a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from Marycrest College. She also received a master’s degree in education from Texas A&M University.

For 18 years, Sister Ruth E. taught in Clinton and in El Cajon, Calif. and as academic dean and vice president at Mount St. Clare College. She later worked to raise money for troubled children at Ennis Boysville of Michigan for about 14 years, and then worked with the homeless for eleven years at Catholic Charities in the Joliet Diocese. The past five years she has spent helping the homeless at Café on Vine.

Sister Joyce Zarnik is a 50-year Jubilarian currently living and working in the Chicago area as an administrative assistant at Medical Missionaries of Mary, Inc. She has spent most of her 50 years teaching. She was born in Chicago and entered Sisters of St. Francis in September 1963. She received an associate degree from Mount St. Clare College, a Bachelor of Arts in education from Marycrest College and a Master of Arts in education from University of Northern Iowa.

Sister Joyce taught elementary grades at St. John’s School in Placid, Iowa; St. Paul’s School in Macomb, Ill.; St. Patrick’s School in Clinton and Our Lady of Good Council in Fonda, Iowa; at St. Catherine in Riverside, Calif. and St. Clare of Montefalco School and Our Lady of the Snows School in Chicago.

Sister Jeanne d’Arc Untz is a 50-year Jubilarian currently living at The Canticle who is involved in a prayer ministry, especially for those who have cancer. Sister Jeanne d’Arc was born in Libertyville, Ill. and entered Sisters of St. Francis Sept. 8, 1963. She spent most of her 50 years in teaching and in speech pathology. She earned a bachelor’s degree in speech pathology from Northern Illinois University, and a master’s degree in speech pathology from Marquette University in Milwaukee.

Sister Jeanne d’Arc taught in Clinton; El Cajon, Calif.; and Rochelle, Ill. She was associate director and speech pathologist at Mount St. Clare Speech and Hearing Center in Clinton until the center closed in 2012.

Sister Eileen Golby is a 50-year Jubilarian currently living at the Canticle and serving the Sisters of St. Francis as Vice President of the General Leadership Team and Canonical Treasurer. Sister Eileen has spent most of her 50 years teaching and working in parishes. She was born in Neponsat, Ill. and entered the Sisters of St. Francis on Sept. 8, 1963. She received a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Marycrest College and a master’s degree in private school administration from the University of San Francisco.

Sister Eileen spent many years teaching and as a principal in Chicago Heights, Ill.; Perry, Iowa; and El Cajon and Chino, Calif. She served five years as Campus Minister for the Eastern Kentucky University Newman Center in Richmond, Ky. and sixteen years as Pastoral Associate for St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Lexington, Ky.