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Obituary for Sister Philomene Reiland — April 11, 1941 – Aug. 2, 2021

Sister Philomene Reiland died Aug. 2, 2021, at Cloud County Health Center in Concordia, Kansas. She was 80 years old and a religious sister for 62 years. She was born in Aurora, Illinois, on April 11, 1941, to Edward and Philomena Monaco Reiland, the second of three children, and was baptized Barbara. She entered the Sisters of St. Joseph of Concordia on Feb. 2, 1959. On Aug. 15, 1959, Barbara received the habit and was given the name Sister Philomene. She pronounced first vows on Aug. 15, 1960, and final vows on Aug. 15, 1963.

Sister Philomene received a bachelor of science degree in music education in 1968 from Marymount College, Salina, Kansas. In 1976 she received a master of arts degree in church music from St. Joseph College, Rensselaer, Indiana. Sister Philomene did post graduate work in organ performance at the Julliard School of Music, New York.

Sister Philomene taught in Salina, Kansas; Chicago, Illinois; and Grand Island, Nebraska. She was the parish director of music in Concordia, Kansas, and Sterling, Illinois; assistant profession of music at Sauk Valley Community College, Dixon, Illinois, and director of music in Libertyville, Illinois. She gave private piano lessons in Grayslake and Sterling, Illinois, while serving as director of music at St. Mary Parish in Sterling, Illinois.

Sister Philomene was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by two brothers, James of Montgomery, Illinois, and Thomas of Raleigh, North Carolina. A Bible Vigil Service will be held 7 p.m. Aug. 5 in the Nazareth Motherhouse Chapel with Sister Mary Jo Thummel as the eulogist. The Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m.  Aug. 6 in the Motherhouse Chapel, Father Barry Brinkman presiding. Masks are required. The burial will be in the Nazareth Motherhouse Cemetery. Chaput Buoy Mortuary, 325 W. 6th St., Concordia, is in charge of arrangements. Memorials for Sister Philomene Reiland 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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5 thoughts on “Obituary for Sister Philomene Reiland — April 11, 1941 – Aug. 2, 2021

  • Kelley Perkins

    Truly sorry for your loss. My Aunt Martha, Sister Barbara Ellen and Sister Philomene shared many stories and both were born in Aurora, IL. I remember meeting with Sister Philomene several times and at our family gatherings. Her love for music was contagious . Heaven gained another angel and I know these two sisters are making beautiful music in the clouds

  • Nancy Powers

    Sister was a dear friend for years . She taught my daughters piano & voice. She is my daughter Lauren’s god mother. She was a great support person to our family through some difficult times & through a lot of fun times . She sang at our wedding 1997 . She was kind , knowledgeable & trust worthy. Sister will be so very missed. ❤️ Nancy powers

  • Father Richard Kramer

    Sister Philomene Reiland was both a very dear and close friend and fellow musician. She came from Sacred Heart Church in Aurora and I was a member of Saint Nicholas Church nearby. We shared many common memories from our grade school days and our various pastoral works. I am also a musician who is a pianist and an organist and we both admired my music teacher, Sister M. Eusebia, a School Sister of Saint Francis. For many years now Sister had been a big contributor to the music of many parishes in my Deanery as well as playing sometimes at our local Catholic High School – Newman Central Catholic High at graduations etc. Most recently, I worked with Sister Philomene at Saint Mary Church in Tampico, IL – the birthplace of President Ronald Reagan. She played the 11am Mass each Sunday and I always enjoyed her professionalism and her musical choices. She would always sing with the cantors there at church and no matter how hot it was or hot cold it was in church, she would be there working. I know that she was dealing with sciatica pain and hip pain etc these last months and was preparing to retire to the Mother House. But we were all hopeful that she could at least visit us a couple more times before she left our area. She taught a number of piano stuudents at the Woodlawn Academy in Sterling, and also played for one of the non-catholic churches for their Sunday service before coming later in the morning to Tampico for our Mass. So she was a good witness to the Catholic Faith and Women Religious. She had a tremendous sense of humor and loved to be around people. Our sense of loss at hearing of her passing really cannot be expressed in words. It is like a whole chunk of our lives has suddenly disappeared and her delightful keyboard skills which enriched our Masses will never be experienced again. She is a real credit to the Sisters of Saint Joseph!!! I shall definitely be remembering her in my Masses and prayers. I wish I could be there for here funeral Mass but that is impossible because of the distance to be travelled at such short notice. I can speak for many parishioners and friends when I say we truly loved you, Sister Philomene and will always miss you deeply. But now play your music and sing your personal songs to the Lord Himself and His angels. May you rest in peace!
    Father Richard R. Kramer, Retired priest of the Diocese of Rockford, Il. Until we meet again…..

  • I was so saddened by the loss of Sister Philomene. She has been a loyal friend and fellow musician for 30 + years. She played music in the community at every opportunity. She has been the keyboardist in my husband and my jazz band for many years. She played for school musicals. I will always remember her and she will always remain in my heart. I am so sad to not have her with us anymore, but happy that she will continue on making music with the angels. As a friend she was very supportive when I suffered an emotional tragedy that devastated my beliefs. She gave me courage and hope.

  • Dianne Wildman

    A wonderful cousin and friend. I will miss you so much. Prayers for you forever. Love you.

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