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Sister Ethel Widhalm dies at age 98


12/18/2020 | Comments

COLORADO SPRINGS. Sister of St. Francis of Perpetual Adoration Ethel Widhalm died Nov. 26 at Mount St. Francis Nursing Center. Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Dec. 1 at St. Francis of Assisi Church, followed by burial in the Mount St. Francis Cemetery.

Sister Ethel (Ethel Theresia) was born on May 6, 1922, in Cornlea, Nebraska to Jacob and Katherine (Zuerlein) Widhalm.  Seven brothers and six sisters made for one happy, industrious farm family.

Sister Ethel received the Franciscan habit on Aug. 12, 1938, and professed final vows on Aug. 12, 1945, in Lafayette, Indiana.

Sister Ethel was a teacher and principal at schools in New Mexico, Nebraska, Colorado and Kansas for 35 years. In 1972-1983 Sister Ethel and Sister Richardis ventured forth as Directors of Religious Education at St. Joan of Arc Parish in Arvada. Remaining full of hope and promise, Sister Ethel served as chaplain for 13 years at Saint Mary’s Hospital in Nebraska City, Nebraska. She had a charism of service, volunteering at St. Anthony Hospital (Central) in Denver prior to her returning to the Mount in 1999. For five years, she provided spiritual services at Mount St. Francis Nursing Center, ministering as organist.

Sister is survived by a brother, Earl, and loving and supportive nieces and nephews. Memorials can be sent to: Sisters of St. Francis, c/o Sister Marietta Spenner, Provincial, 7665 Assisi Heights, Colorado Springs, 80919.


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