April 23, 1914 - December 24, 2013
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Sister Jeanice Lohman, Franciscan Sister of Perpetual Adoration, 99, died on Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013 at Villa St. Joseph, La Crosse. She was in the 79th year of her religious profession.
Sister Jeanice was born the second of four children to Bernard and Mary (Fullenkamp) Lohman on April 23, 1914, in West Point, Iowa. At her baptism she was named Mary Clara Gertrude, but called Gertrude. When Gertrude was four years old, her sister Mary Catherine was born and her mother died a few days later. Her father was unable to care for the four little girls by himself so a cousin came to their home to take care of the household and the three oldest children and the baby was taken by an aunt. Two years later Gertrude’s father married Margaret Koepping. She immediately won the hearts of the three girls. Eight children were born of this marriage though three died shortly after birth. Gertrude attended St. Mary’s School for both grade and high school. Gertrude’s class made many interesting trips during high school and she felt very privileged. Long had she cherished the hope of someday entering St. Rose Convent, and her hopes were fulfilled on June 20, 1932, when she and two classmates and a cousin (Sister Ruth Winnike) traveled to La Crosse.
Gertrude was received into the novitiate and given the name Sister Jeanice on Aug. 8, 1933. She pronounced first vows on Aug. 6, 1935, and final vows on Aug. 9, 1941.
Entering the teaching profession with a bachelors’ degree in history and mathematics and a masters’ degree in physics, Sister Jeanice served for three years as an elementary teacher and eleven years as a secondary teacher in parochial schools in Iowa, Montana, and Wisconsin. From 1950–1964 she served as supervisor of elementary and secondary schools for the Diocese of La Crosse and the schools staffed by the FSPA congregation. Sister Jeanice was elected as FSPA Assistant to the Mother General, a position she held for six years, while continuing to be Director of Education for the congregation. For the next 10 years Sister Jeanice was Coordinator of St. Rose Convent. After a sabbatical year she was hired by Viterbo College as manager of housekeeping. In 1990 she moved back to St. Rose where she was tour guide, heritage curator, gift shop manager, and part-time receptionist until her retirement in 1995. She made the Villa her home in 2006.
Community members, family, and friends remember Sister Jeanice as a great organizer, a friend and support in time of need, and a woman of prayer. She had a keen ability to analyze a situation and gently work toward a solution. Her motto for teachers, “Be firm, but exceedingly kind,” was one she lived by in all her actions. She loved her family and enjoyed keeping in touch with them.
Sister Jeanice is survived by her Franciscan Community; three sisters, Mary Catherine Scolaro, Westchester, Ill., Geraldine Corn, Gaithersburg, Md. and Monica (Lane) Mathena, Nixa, Mo.; two brothers, Bernard Lohman, West Point, Iowa and Urban Lohman, Dallas Texas; and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, Albert and Thomas and four sisters, Margaret, Rita, Elizabeth, and Jeanice.
Friends may call after 3:15 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 26, when her body will be brought to St. Rose Convent. A prayer service will be held at 6:30 p.m. that evening in Mary of the Angels Chapel. The Mass of Christian Burial will be in Mary of the Angels Chapel at 10 a.m., Friday, Dec. 27. Burial will be in Gate of Heaven Catholic Cemetery, La Crosse.
An education fund is being set up in her honor. Memorials may be sent to Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration, 912 Market Street, La Crosse, WI, 54601-4782.