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Eulogy for Sister Ann Glatter — March 28, 1929 – Aug. 8, 2020

August 10, 2020 by  

Vigil: Aug. 11, 2020, at the Nazareth Motherhouse
Eulogist: Written by Sister Mary Savoie and read by Sister Jean Rosemarynoski

Sister Ann Glatter, daughter of Vincent and Ann (Frank) Glatter, was born on March 28, 1929 on a farm northwest of Amherst, Nebraska, and given the name Mary Alice Glatter. She had three sisters and three brothers; three died in infancy and Margaret, Nancy and Don are all deceased. Her 18 nieces and nephews have always been the highlight of Mary Alice’s life.

Mary Alice Glatter left home to follow God’s call when her parents would, no doubt, have appreciated her assistance with their busy family life on the farm. But God had always been first in her life and the life of her parents and family.

Mary Alice Glatter attended Sunny Side Grade School which was across the pasture from her home. She graduated from the Amherst, Nebraska, High School in 1947.

On February 2, 1948, a blustery blizzard cold day, at the age of 19 years, Mary Alice Glatter came up the long front steps of Nazareth Convent in Concordia, Kansas. Her possessions were a deck of cards, a little toy tractor, and a 10 cent set of silverware purchased at a store on her trip to Concordia. She walked in the front door totally unexpected as she had never answered the letter from the convent stating the date of entrance for the postulants.

When she entered the novitiate, Mary Alice received the name Sister Ann Vincent. In August of 1949, she pronounced her temporary vows of obedience, poverty, and chastity. She pronounced her final vows on Aug. 15, 1953. Her surviving band member is Sister Charlotte Lutgen. She later dropped the name Vincent and preferred just Sister Ann.

To share some highlights of Sister Ann’s life among us, I would like to quote some of the personal messages she wrote about herself for her 70th anniversary as a Sister of St. Joseph. We all know about the many years she provided tons of fresh vegetables and fruit for our meals here at the Motherhouse. But here is what she shared about herself as she celebrated her 70th year among us.

“There have been many joys in my life as a Sister of St. Joseph. I was able to serve the poor and needy in many ways. I supported many teenaged boys who were going through the court system and had them work out their probation with me in our community garden. Many other young people came and worked with me in the garden. I also appreciated the many times I was able to help men traveling through Concordia and in need of assistance. I called them ‘St. Josephs’ and tried to be, as Jesus would have been, helpful to them. Also, over the years I have been able to belong to and help the St. Joseph’s Hospital Auxiliary, especially their Mardi Gras celebrations. I also spent many hours praying in the chapel, especially during the funeral services of our Sisters. In fact, I had the privilege of being a Hospice Volunteer during which I visited and prayed with many dying persons. Letter writing was also a wonderful way to stay in touch with friends and offer prayers for them. I am very grateful for my life among my Sisters of St. Joseph. I am truly blessed. My life has been full to the brim.”

Sister Ann Glatter’s life was one of admired talents, hard work, total self-giving, sensitive compassion, assistance to people living in poverty and down-trodden, and fulfillment of her deep and life-time oneness with the earth and God’s creatures. All she did was for the benefit of others.

She entered into contact with soil and she felt at one with the Earth. She once said of herself: “I probably would not have persevered in religious life had I not been able to be in touch with the soil and roam around through garden paths each day and night. A garden’s beauty is not only a thing of joy to me, but also a sign of God’s loving providence over all of us, his children.”

Sister Ann would not be happy with us if all we concentrated on were the so called ‘flowers’ of her life. As we all know, some of the garden in her life wilted and was drought stricken. There were several crooks and curves and near dead-ends in her life. She recently said this about her life: “There have been many trials in my life when temptations to live respectfully were painful to me, but with God’s help and the help of my community members, I labored untiringly in the Lord’s vineyard”.

Sister Ann also asked that the following reflection be added to her eulogy. I believe it is an honest reflection of her daily conversion of heart.

“In a sense my religious life mirrors the work undertaken in the garden. Daily existence in the convent has its quiet succession of hours, days, months, seasons and years in which I was given the time to labor spiritually for the good of my soul. The autumn of my life has arrived and I look forward to reaping from the seeds of my life with sincere humility. I pray daily to the Lord of the harvest, to be able to yield a bountiful crop rendering fruit into eternal life knowing that the humble work of my hands has been a form of prayer.”

Faithful to prayer, retirement offered Sister Ann the opportunity to spend a notable amount of time in the Motherhouse chapel, communing with, as she put it, ‘Our Blessed Lord’ and inspiring those who observed her daily communing with God, manifested in her relaxed, smiling, contemplative countenance.

Sister Ann died on Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020.

So now we say, thank you, dear friend, for your life among us as we return you to God’s loving embrace.

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Obituary for Sister Ann Glatter — March 28, 1929 – Aug. 8, 2020

August 10, 2020 by  

Sister Ann Glatter died Aug. 8, 2020, at Nazareth Motherhouse in Concordia, Kansas.  She was 91 years old and a Sister of St. Joseph of Concordia for 72  years.  She was born in Amherst, Nebraska, on March 28, 1929 to Vincent and Anna Franke Glatter, the fifth of seven children, and was baptized Mary Alice. She entered the Sisters of St. Joseph of Concordia on Feb. 2, 1948. On Aug. 15, 1948, Mary Alice received the habit of the Sisters of St. Joseph and was given the name Sister Ann Vincent, later changing to Sister Ann.  She pronounced first vows on Aug. 15, 1949, and final vows on Aug. 15, 1953.

Sister Ann served the community as gardener at the Motherhouse for 60 years. In addition to lawn and yard work at the Motherhouse, Sister Ann refurnished chairs and chapel pews and worked in ceramics. She was recognized in October 1996 by the Concordia Area Chamber of Commerce for her lifetime of volunteer service to the community. In 2000, Sister Ann was honored by the American Red Cross for donating blood 126 times. She was described as a “legend” in Concordia whom people knew and expected to turn up wherever there was action or a need for help. 

Sister Ann was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers and three sisters.  The Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Aug.11 in the Motherhouse Chapel with Rev. Barry Brinkman presiding. Due to the safety precautions for Covid-19, the funeral mass will be private. However, it will be livestreamed on the Sisters of St. Joseph Facebook page and website.  The burial will be in the Nazareth Motherhouse Cemetery. 

Chaput-Buoy Funeral Home, 325 W. Sixth St., Concordia, is in charge of arrangements.  Memorials for Sister Ann Glatter may be given to the Sisters of St. Joseph Health Care/Retirement Fund or the Apostolic Works of the Sisters; P.O Box 279, Concordia, KS  66901. 

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Eulogy for Sister Geraldine Milke — July 7, 1932 – July 16, 2020

July 20, 2020 by  

Vigil: July 20, 2020, at the Nazareth Motherhouse
Eulogist: Written by Sister Rita Plante and delivered by Sister Mary Jo Thummel

It is a privilege to have been asked by Sister Gerry to give her eulogy. Some years ago, when she asked me to do this, I said I would but please not too soon. She smiled. Her smile was her greatest gift to me and to those close to her, especially in her last years to those who were her care givers and the sisters with whom she lived. We lived together at South Mound here in Concordia in the 90s and both worked at the Motherhouse, she as Charge Nurse and I at the front desk. We lived with Sisters Margarita, Redempta and Evangelista. In 1998 the three sisters moved to the Motherhouse and there we were, a couple of sisters in a big house. That is when we became close friends. There is a book by Leon Bloy entitled “We Have Been Friends Together “ That sort of says it all for me.

Gerry’s favorite scripture verse was from Micah 6:8: “ He has shown all you people what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? “ TO ACT JUSTLY AND TO LOVE TENDERLY AND TO WALK HUMBLY WITH YOUR GOD.” And she did.

 Gerry was born the youngest of 5 children.: Mildred, Francis, Clarence and Deloris.

She was born on July 7, 1932. She doesn’t mention her parents names but she tells us that her mother was very loving, patient and prayerful. Her mother’s special gift was that if she couldn’t say anything good about a person, she chose to say nothing. Her mother died in May 1968, at the age of 72, in the hospital where Gerry worked and Gerry was at her side. Of her father, she says she saw him as cold and jealous. However, during the last years of her mother’s life, she learned to know him as very loving, hurting and desiring to be loved. At her mother’s death was when he seemed to acquire all her beautiful qualities. Of him she said, “I now saw him as gentle, warm, loving, sensitive and caring.”

He died in December 1968.

She doesn’t say where they lived but I know was in Victoria and Hays Kansas area. Gerry was baptized Geraldine Agnes by Rev. George Karlin O FM Cap.

My childhood is very vague to me , she said. We lived on a farm miles away from town and I loved the outdoors and horseback riding. She attended a country school and in grades seven and eight was taught by Sisters of St. Joseph at a Catholic school. “I greatly admired these Sisters and would feel the desire to be one.” she said.       

She graduated from high school as salutatorian of her class and received a scholarship for Marymount College. Her father said she should go to Fort Hays because if she goes to Marymount, she’ll become a nun. To that she said “NOT ME!”

We know the rest of that story. Sister Alberta was her student counselor and a very special person in her life. She entered Marymount in September 1950. During the three-day retreat, she found herself picking up some pamphlets entitled: “Should my daughter be a nun?”

She says she promptly dropped them because she would probably marry someday. During those days, she said she become aware the Lord was calling her to religious life and tried to sleep the thought away, but it remained when she awakened. She prayed about it and then requested entrance into the congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph. She entered on Feb. 14, 1951, and received the habit on Aug. 15, 1951, and given the name Sister Constance. She made her first vows in 1952 and final profession of vows in 1955.


From 1959 to 1962 she was in Atwood, Kansas, working in surgery and floor duty. These were good years and much work. This time was followed by a month of Tertianship, Silver City, NM.

From 1962 to 1965 she was in Belvidere , Illinois, where she was supervisor of operating and emergency room. She said she enjoyed that. “The last few months were supervising the medical floor which I found quite painful. This floor needed lots of organization but I embraced the challenge and did all I could.”

From 1966 to 1977 , Gerry went to Concordia, Kansas, to St. Joseph’s Hospital operating and emergency rooms. These are the beginning of what might be called the “Dark Night of the Soul.” During these years her parents died. During these years Vatican II happened and as she says “responsible freedom” entered into her life.

“I did not know how to handle this responsible freedom.”

Gerry sought help and was blessed with many teachers and mentors along the way. Sister Bette Moslander is mentioned as a constant mentor during this time. One of the things Bette suggested was Father Frost’s Personal Growth Seminar. Gerry accepted this and felt gifted to have the experience. She says, “Father Frost reflected Jesus to me in a very special and real way. I appreciated being accepted as a person with all my brokenness.” For her this was the “light at the end of the tunnel”

In 1981, Gerry’s next mission was St. Mary’s Convent in Concordia, of which she says, “I feel very enriched as I listen to and pray with our aged Sisters.”

 In 1982, she says she was asked by a priest to be his prayer partner during Lent. Of this she says “I find this both exhausting and humbling.”

Of November 1982 she shares a time of lukewarmness and frequent mood changes. This was very scary for her remembering what Jesus said about being neither hot nor cold … BUT as she reflected upon it she came to an awareness to STRIP SELF OF SELF, PUT ON JESUS CHRIST AND BE ONLY FOR GOD AND ONE ANOTHER.”

Her life story ends in 1982 … with her returning to her baptismal name, Geraldine Agnes. Of this she says, “I feel it is very significant at this time of my life, following the dying process of the past months. I feel called to rise to a new life in Jesus”

But this is not the end of the story … just the beginning …

In 2014, she wrote: I commit myself “ to act justly and to love tenderly and to walk humbly with my God.”

In 2018 Gerry wrote her last recorded commitment which stated “I commit myself to life for time and eternity.”

A Not So Perfect Sonnet for Sister Gerry Milke

Oh quiet friend you are so dear to me

Your smile says much more than I will know

Once your feet walked miles in the halls

Of hospitals,surgery rooms each day you’d go

To be God’s hands and heart in loving care

You rose each day and knelt to Him in prayer

For each patient, doctor, nurse you’d pray

That You oh God would be with them in every way.

But you I only knew at Nazareth

When you were nurse and I receptionist.

Your loving support, I counted on your prayer

I knew you prayed each day in the chapel there.

   My thanks I give to God for all your love

   And know you are held close in heaven above.


 Memorials for Sister Geraldine Milke may be given to the Sisters of St. Joseph Health Care/Retirement Fund or the Apostolic Works of the Sisters; P.O Box 279, Concordia, KS 66901.

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July 19, 2020 by  


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Sister Geraldine Milke — July 7, 1932 – July 16, 2020

July 17, 2020 by  

Sister Geraldine Milke died July 16, 2020, at Nazareth Motherhouse in Concordia, Kansas. She was 88 years old and a Sister of St. Joseph for 69 years. She was born in Hays, Kansas, on July 7, 1932, to Joseph and Caroline Rohleder Milke, the  youngest of five children, and was baptized Geraldine Agnes.

She entered the Sisters of St. Joseph, Concordia, Kansas, on Feb. 14, 1951. On Aug. 15, 1951, Geraldine received the habit of the Sisters of St. Joseph and was given the name Sister Constance, later changing back to her baptismal name. She pronounced first vows on Aug. 15, 1952 and final vows on Aug. 15, 1955.

Sister Geraldine received a diploma in nursing from Marymount College, Salina, Kansas, in 1955. She worked in hospitals staffed by the Sisters of St. Joseph in Belvidere, Illinois, Atwood, Concordia, Salina, and Manhattan, Kansas; and Grand Island, Nebraska; retiring to Nazareth Motherhouse in 2006.

Sister Geraldine was preceded in death by her parents and her four siblings.

A Bible Vigil Service will be held at 9:30 a.m. on July 20 with Sister Rita Plante as the eulogist. The Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. on July 20 with Father Barry Brinkman presiding. Due to the safety precautions for Covid-19, the bible vigil and funeral mass will be private. However, both will be livestreamed on the Sisters of St. Joseph Facebook page.

The internment of cremains will be in the Nazareth Motherhouse Cemetery. Chaput-Buoy Funeral Home, 325 W. 6th St., Concordia, KS is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials for Sister Geraldine Milke may be given to the Sisters of St. Joseph Health Care/Retirement Fund or the Apostolic Works of the Sisters; P.O Box 279, Concordia, KS 66901.

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July 13, 2020 by  

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Eulogy for Sister Alice Marie Stalker — Oct. 3, 1930 – July 7, 2020

July 13, 2020 by  

Vigil: July 13, 2020 at the Nazareth Motherhouse
Eulogist: Sister Marilyn Wall

Alice Marie Stalker was born on Oct. 3, 1930 in Aurora Illinois. Her parents were Robert Kenneth and Veronica Lucille (Schopp) Stalker. She was the oldest of seven children. Only two of them survive her; Charlotte and Kate. Alice was Baptized at Sacred Heart Church in Aurora on Oct. 19, 1930. Alice also made her First Communion and was Confirmed at Sacred Heart.

Of that time Alice relates that the early ’30s were hard and her parents were no exception.

“My Dad was jobless or working at many different jobs during those years. It was my mother who kept the household, reared the children and carried the responsibility for family life and molding our spiritual and moral values. Many evenings she kept us entertained with numerous poems and rhymes, some funny and others that sent chills up and down the spine as her voice made the words come alive.”

 “Sister Renilda was my teacher in second, third, fifth and sixth grades and she had a great influence on my life. She was a great teacher and I learned well. Her sense of humor, ready laughter and concern for us showed in everything she did. From my first encounter, the seed of vocation was awakened and I decided I too would be a sister someday.”

“When I was 13 my Dad had a very serious case of rheumatic fever followed by pneumonia. On March 19 of that year, Dad died at the age of 35. I was stunned and bewildered. I tried to remain stoic, thinking this would help my mother and asking St. Joseph to take me under his fatherly protection. However, reality soon awakened me to the fact that my mother was left at age 34 with seven children ranging in age from one and 1/2 to 13. How scary this must have been for her as I retrospect. I assured her that I would always be there to help her.”

“Toward the end of eighth grade we were invited to visit the Catholic High Schools. I went to Madonna, an all girls school taught by the Milwaukee Franciscans. Before the day was over, I fell in love with the place and enrolled for my freshman year. Can you imagine my mother’s surprise on learning this piece of news? The expense of the school was more than we could afford, but with the help my grandparents Schopp and a scholarship offered me, school would be possible. I shall always be indebted to the Sisters of St. Francis who, I’m sure, helped nourish the vocation awakened in me way back at my first encounter with a Sister of St. Joseph. My class work was interesting and challenging. My sophomore year I started my first job at Prince Ice Cream Castle. This job I had the last three years of high school and with the money from this job I was able to pay tuition, buy books and purchase my own clothes.”

“My senior year I began to think seriously of the Religious Life. With help from Sisters Renilda, Edmond and Marie Marcotte, planning for entrance in September 1949 took place. Sister Mary Jean Assell and I were the first vocations from the parish for quite some time. Six months later, all 15 of us, after an eight day retreat and dressed as brides, processed down the chapel isle as the words ‘Veni Sponsa Christi’ were sung. The impact of its meaning was not as clear as the beautiful melody, but placing our love and trust in the Heavenly Bridegroom, sure of His unfaltering love for us and our undaunted love for Him, the first step on our spiritual journey began”

“Soon it was time to pronounce temporary vows. I remember wanting to, but the idea of a lifetime commitment brought a tinge of fear and many ‘what ifs.’ With much prayer and remembering His promises I placed my trust in him and another stepping stone in my life was laid.”

“On Aug. 15, 1952, I was assigned to teach fifth and sixth grades in Damar. Being born in the city and its noises the quiet, slow activity and being surrounded by grasses (which I later learned was wheat) was very strange to me. When talking to my mother by phone the only description I could find was that it resembled those towns we’d seen in the cowboy movies. The next year I was assigned to Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Concordia and resided at the Motherhouse. The drop to teach second grade was a good one for me. I really believe God gave me a gift of relating to His little ones and I rejoiced in watching toothless cherubs grow in wisdom and age. During these years death claimed my mother to cancer and my favorite grandparents.”

“My last teaching years were in Salina at St. Mary’s (16 years). During those years I joined Sisters Christine Doman and Pauline Kukula in a smaller living situation. The relationship was filled with sharing with one another. In particular, Pauline has been a close companion in work and play and contributed much to my life.”

When Polly celebrated her 60th Jubilee, she said of Alice: ‘I met and began teaching with Sr. Alice Marie in 1970. I was impressed with her teaching style and her gentle manner with the first graders. She had a reverence for each person and in a gentle, yet firm manner, could set expectations and bring out the best behaviors and achievements of each child. She had a pleasant and quiet sense of humor and the students knew that they were OK with her. I got to teach with her for 12 years and that is when I really began to love teaching. I have moved on to junior high teaching in the last 32 years, but there is not a day in the classroom that I do not think of her manner and style of relating to students and try to emulate that. It has brought much joy to my teaching.”

Within the past year I was eating dinner with Sister Alice and Sister Rosie Dwyer. They were remembering their years of teaching with as many as 60 students in a classroom. I said:”What would you do with 60 1st graders?” Alice responded very simply: “You teach them!”

In 1996, Sister Alice moved to Medialle Center in Salina. “My main ministry there was the upkeep of the building and hours spent accompanying sisters to doctor appointments and to the hospital.”

In 2008, she moved to the Motherhouse where she helped in any way she could and was a source of inspiration and kindness.

“Looking back over the years God and I have been in the process of molding a masterpiece and transforming it into something beautiful! God and I are not finished yet. My prayer has become more an experience of quiet than words: a deep down peace and a sense of the presence of God within and without.”

“I’m grateful to the Community for the many blessings I received from and through them. Especially they were there to share the journey, and support and encouragement were readily available. I pray God gives me the grace to journey on until I rest in His arms.”

“Thanks also to my family who have been a special blessing in my life and I love them dearly. The only regret I have is that I couldn’t share more closely in their lives because of the distance that separated us. However, we held each other in our hearts and prayers. We’ll have a real ‘smash banging’ get-together in Heaven!”

And we say thank you Alice, for your kind, gentle and prayerful spirit which we have witnessed and loved for these many years. We will miss you, but we will know in spirit, your presence and wisdom in our midst. You have been and are gift.

Sister Alice died as she lived quietly and peacefully. In reflecting on her life I believe Maxim 93 was fulfilled:

“For the three faculties of your soul desire this perfection: for the memory, to forget things and self in order to remember little else but God; for the intellect, to see God in all things: God’s glory, God’s will, and God’s contentment solely; for the will, the one freedom to go to God, to love God with all the love of your heart.”

Memorials for Sister Alice Marie may be given to the Sisters of St. Joseph Health Care/ Retirement Fund or the Apostolic Works of the Sisters; P.O Box 279, Concordia, KS 66901.

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