Regnet, Sister Mary Theodora
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January 26, 1923 -
May 8, 2014
Sister Mary Theodora was born in Mittersthal, Bayern, Germany on January 26, 1923, to parents Thomas and Eleonora (Wittmann) Regnet and was given the name Theresia Regnet. She had one brother and one sister. She grew up on a farm and was in charge of feeding the geese already when she was in the 2nd grade.
Theresia joined the Congregation of the Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother on April 22, 1946, in Abenberg, Germany, when she was 23 years old. On March 19, 1947, she was admitted to the novitiate and was given a new name, Mary Theodora. On March 19, 1949, she professed First Vows in Abenberg. Sister came to the United States in 1949 and resided at Mother of Sorrows Convent in Milwaukee, WI. She received her citizenship in 1955.
Sister Theodora professed Final Vows on August 12, 1954. She celebrated her Silver Jubilee in 1974; her Golden Jubilee in 1999; and her 60th Jubilee in 2009.
Sister did domestic work at school convents where Sisters were teaching in Eagle, WI; Phillips, WI; and Milwaukee, WI. She worked at Mercy Hospital in Food Service in Oshkosh, WI and later at St. Joseph Hospital in Food Service in Marshfield, WI.
Besides completing her High School, Sister Theodora earned an Associate Degree in Applied Science (Restaurant and Hotel Cookery).
Sister Theodora's favorite activity was baking. She loved to bake sweet rolls and bread. The Sisters always looked forward to getting Sister Theodora's fresh baked goods. She also loved to sing and had a beautiful voice. Sister Theodora sang in Our Lady of Good Hope Parish Choir in Milwaukee and also sang in the Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother Franciscan Chords Choir.
Sister came to SSM Franciscan Courts when it first opened on October 17, 1989. She continued to bake her famous sweet rolls and baked goods as long as she was able.
Some other things Sister Theodora enjoyed were knitting mittens for the missions, playing Bingo, and singing and praying in chapel.
Sister Theodora will be missed by all the Sisters, staff, SSM Associates, and volunteers.
Homecoming Service (wake) for Sister Theodora will be on Sunday, May 11, 2014 at 4 p.m. in the chapel at SSM Franciscan Courts. The Mass of Resurrection will be on Monday, May 12, 2014, at 10 a.m. with Fr. William Kuhr officiating. The burial will be at Riverside Cemetery.
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Published in Oshkosh Northwestern on May 10, 2014