Sister Pat (Alicita) Sheridan, FSPA
Oct. 7, 1927 - Nov. 19, 2021
LA CROSSE - Sister Pat (Alicita) Sheridan, FSPA, 94, died Friday, November 19, 2021, at Villa St. Joseph, La Crosse, WI. She was in the seventy-fourth year of her religious profession.
Born on Oct. 7, 1927 in Sparta, WI, to William and Alice (Senogles) Sheridan, Sister Pat grew up in Kendall, WI. where her father worked for the Sheridan Lumber Company. She was the second eldest in her family which included two brothers and four sisters. Sister Pat professed her first vows as a Franciscan Sister of Perpetual Adoration in 1947.
Sister Pat's love for music and keen musical ability served as the basis for much of Sister Pat's ministry. She began her ministry as an elementary school music teacher in 1949: first in Spokane (St. Augustine), WA and then in La Crosse (Holy Trinity). After earning a bachelor's degree in music education from Viterbo College (University), La Crosse, Sister Pat taught high school music for 21 years in Ashland (De Padua) and La Crosse (Aquinas) in WI and Carroll (Kuemper) in IA. During that time, she completed a Master of Arts in Music Education from DePaul University, Chicago. Later, she taught elementary school and parish music in Tomah, WI, for five years. In 1995, Sister Pat became Director of Religious Education (DRE) at St. Joseph Parish (Kendall) and continued to serve as DRE and parish minister in Wisconsin at St. John the Baptist Parish (Wilton) and St. Patrick Parish (Elroy) until retiring five years later. Sister Patricia continued to minister in Elroy as a private music teacher and parish volunteer until moving to Villa St. Joseph in 2008.
Sister Pat was known for the rapport she had with students and the quality of performance she was able to elicit from them. Her musical productions were outstanding. In later years, her contributions to liturgy served as major contributions to Vatican II Church.
Sister Pat is survived by her Franciscan Community; her brother, William Jr. from Madison, WI; and her sisters: Joan (Jim) Sartori and Annette Thorson both from Elroy, WI, and Rita (Steve) Boehrer from Hales Corners, WI; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Terrance; and her sisters: Eileen Eberhardt and Donna Neuverth.
Friends may call after 3:15 p.m. on Monday, November 22, when the body will arrive at St. Rose Convent. A wake service will be held at 4:00 p.m. in Mary of the Angels Chapel. A virtual sharing will take place at 6:30 p.m. that same evening. The Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, November 23, at 10:00 a.m. in Mary of the Angels Chapel. Burial will take place in the family plot at St. Joseph Cemetery in Kendall, WI, Schumacher-Kish Funeral Home, La Crosse, and Sonnenburg Funeral Home, Tomah, WI, are assisting with the arrangements.
Memorials may be sent to Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration, 912 Market Street, La Crosse, WI 54601-8800.