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July 26, 2013

Sisters celebrate anniversaries


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.

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