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(This page prepared by Marilu Underberg Thurman)

The Mount Carmel Parish has been blessed with a fair number of men and women who have answered God’s call to the dedicated life in the priesthood and religious life.  The names are listed below.  Father Joseph Finnegan was not a member of Mount Carmel when ordained, but was baptized at Mount Carmel.  The Finnegan family had moved to Carroll sometime before he was ordained.  All of the vocations to the priesthood have been to the Diocese of Sioux City.  Two men have become Brothers of the Holy Cross.

Twenty-nine ladies are listed below from Our Lady of Mount Carmel parish who have entered the religious life.  Three of these were baptized at Mount Carmel, but entered from other parishes.  Twenty-eight have entered the Franciscans of Perpetual Adoration, LaCrosse, Wisconsin.  Sister Rose Zita Rosonke has entered Our Lady of Victory Missionaries, Huntington, Indiana.

The Priests
Father Joseph Finnegan 
Father John Berger 
Father Bernard Loeffelholz 
Father Joseph Underberg 
Monsignor Julius Berger 
Father Leo Lenz, Carroll, Iowa 
Father Walter Bruch, Varina, Iowa 
Father Ralph Reinhart, Ashton, Iowa 
Father Alfred Loeffelholz, Barnum, Iowa 
Father James Bruch, Sioux City, Iowa
The Brothers
Brother Paul Rosonke, C.S.C. Rivergrove, Illinois 
Brother Vincent Lenz, C.S.C. Indianapolis, Indiana

The Sisters   Entered
Christina Otto Sister M. Hildegard 1887
Mary Vonnahme Sister M. Leonida 1887
Mary Mueller Sister M. Armella 1888
Anna Olbertz Sister M. Julia 1888
Agatha Rehmann Sister M. Winifred 1891
Elizabeth Naberhaus Sister M. Leonora 1899
Anna Naberhaus Sister M. Rufina 1899
Anna Wernimont Sister M. Veridiana 1901
Clara Mueller Sister M. Nerina 1914
Susanna Mueller Sister M. Iva 1914
Anna H. Underberg Sister M. Raphaella 1918
Louise Wernimont Sister M. Lumina 1919
Clara Wernimont Sister M. Eunice 1923
Theresa Wuebker Sister M. Majella 1923
Elizabeth Nees Sister M. Eloise 1928
Mildred Ludwig Sister M. Nora 1929
Agnes Stork Sister M. Muriel 1931
Rose Schapman Sister Rose Schapman (Concepta) 1931
Julitta Gross Sister M. Mynette 1931
Rosaline Stork Sister M. Myrene 1932
Martina Stork Sister Mary Myron 1932
Delores Bruch Sister M. Delores (Carmelyn) 1932
M. Catherine Wernimont Sister M. Coramarie 1955
Phyllis Bruch Sister Phyllis (Rose Carmel) 1957
Suzanne Gross Sister Suzanne (Wayne Marie) 1963
Rose Zita Rosonke Sister Rose Zita OLVM 1957
  Sister Marcella Thobe*  
  Sister Ligura Thobe*  
  Sister Marina Thobe*  
  Sister Marita Wempe  

*These three sisters belong to the Franciscan Sisters of Dubuque, Iowa.

Mary Olbertz (Sister M. Eustella), was born, baptized, and confirmed at Mt. Carmel, but entered from Carroll, Iowa in 1898.

Mary Knobbe (Sister M. Phillippine), was born and baptized at Mt. Carmel, but entered from Breda, Iowa in 1901.

Mary Underberg (Sister M. Syra), was born at Mt. Carmel, but entered from Halbur, Iowa in 1915.

Compiled by Sister Delores.


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