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Sister Joan Holland OSF

1933 - 2015 Obituary Condolences
Sister Joan Holland OSF Obituary
SISTER JOAN HOLLAND, OSF, age 81, of Clinton, IA, passed away Sunday, June 7, 2015, at the Alverno Health Care Facility in Clinton, Iowa. Sister Joan was born November 14, 1933, in Vail, IA, the eighth of eleven children of John J. and Blanche Holland. She entered the Sisters of St. Francis, Clinton, IA on September 8, 1952. Sister Joan moved to California in 1964. She taught first grade for three years at St. Catherine of Alexandria in Riverside before serving in other Catholic schools in Reedley, Chino, and Fontana. At the end of her career, she returned to Riverside where she spent an additional fourteen years at St. Catherine of Alexandria, first as a teacher and then as Spiritual Campus Minister for the students. Sister Joan's love of children and joyful spirit of service were evident in her ministry as a talented and beloved teacher. Sr. Joan was not only interested in her students' academic growth, but in their spiritual and emotional growth as well. Through her gentle, respectful, and loving manner, she helped each child develop a healthy self-concept. Sr. Joan returned to Iowa in July of 2011 and moved to the Alverno in November, 2013, where she died after an extended illness. Her on-going courage and faith in God were an inspiration to all who knew her.

Published in Press-Enterprise on June 11, 2015
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