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In memoriam: Sister Laverne Donahue
July 30, 2019 11:12 AM


Sister M. Laverne Donahue, O.S.F. died on Monday, July 29, 2019 at 3:46 p.m. at St. Francis Convent, Springfield, Illinois.

Sister Laverne, the former Elizabeth Mae Donahue, was born in Holy Cross, Kentucky, on July 30, 1924, the daughter of Charles and Mary Elizabeth Fogle Donahue. She entered the Congregation on February 1, 1948 and professed her religious vows on October 4, 1950.

Sister Laverne was a graduate of St. John’s Hospital School of Nursing in 1955 and in 1959 she earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Pharmacy from Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska. From 1959-69, she served the community as a pharmacist at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield and St. Mary’s Hospital in Streator, Illinois. She then served as the Directress of Junior Sisters at the Scholasticate in St. Louis, Missouri, from 1970-73. She served as the Postulant and Novice Directress at the Motherhouse in Springfield, Illinois, from 1973-79, as a Core Member of the House of Prayer in Henry, Illinois, from 1979-82, as Assistant to the Local Coordinator of the Motherhouse from 1982-88, and as a Retreat Director and Spiritual Director as well as a volunteer for Hospice and Bereavement Home Care from 1989-2011.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by three brothers, Joseph Lavelle Donahue, Joseph Lester Donahue, and Charles William Donahue.

She is survived by one brother and four sisters: James Donahue and Beulah Clark both of New Haven, Kentucky, Louise Miller, Gladys Corder, and Dolores Downs, all of Louisville, Kentucky, several nieces and nephews and her Franciscan Sisters with whom she shared her life for over 71 years.

Visitation will be held at St. Francis Convent from 4-7 p.m. with a Wake Service at 6 p.m. on Thursday, August 1, 2019. The Eucharistic Celebration and Rite of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Father André Schludecker, OFM on Friday, August 2, 2019 at 10 a.m. in St. Clare of Assisi Adoration Chapel at St. Francis Convent.  Burial will be in Crucifixion Hill Cemetery. Kirlin-Egan-Butler Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

To read her feature story from 2001, please click here.



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