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1929 Sister 2007

Sister Mary Michelle Cale OSF

February 21, 1929 — December 24, 2007

Visitation: 4-8 PM at The Canticle, 841 13th Ave North, third floor. Scripture service at 6:30 p.m. and Rosary at 4:00 p.m. Funeral Services: 10:00 a.m. Monday at The Canticle Chapel with Rev. Thomas Hennen officiating. Sister Mary Michelle Cale OSF, 78, died Monday, December 24, 2007, at the Alverno Health Care Facility, Clinton. Burial will be at St. Irenaeus Cemetery. Pallbearers will be relatives, friends, and members of the Sisters of St. Francis. Sister Michelle was born on February 21, 1929 in Macomb, Ill., to Ora and Lois (Howd) Cale. She attended Wilson & Grant Schools in Macomb. She graduated from Macomb Public High School. She received her A.A. degree from Mount St. Clare College, Clinton, Ia., and her B.A. degree from St. Ambrose College, Davenport, Ia. She also studied at Marycrest College, Davenport, Ia., the University of Nebraska, Omaha, Neb., and Texas Womens University, Dallas, Tx. She received her Nursing Certification for both Iowa and Nebraska, and was a member of the American Nurses Association. Sister Michelle joined the Sisters of St. Francis at Mount St. Clare Convent, Clinton, on September 8, 1948 and professed her final vows on August 12, 1956. Sister Michelles ministry included both teaching and nursing. She taught in elementary schools in Toluca, Ill.; Maysville, Ky; and in Varina Hawarden, Victor, and Fonda, Ia.. She also worked with Native Americans in Porcupine, S.D., and with Special Education students in St. Louis, Mo. After nurses training at Mercy Hospital School of Nursing, Burlington, Ia., she served at Burlington Hospital; Creighton Memorial Hospital, Omaha, Neb.; St. Thomas Hospital, Cañon City, Co.; and the former Jane Lamb Hospital, Clinton. She also served as nursing instructor at Marycrest College, Davenport, Ia., and at Mount Marty College, Yankton, S. D. From 1997 to 2000, she served as a hospital chaplain at Samaritan North Hospital, now Mercy Medical Center, Clinton. She resided at The Canticle from 1997 until moving to The Alverno in May 2007. She is survived by one sister, Oralee Miller, of Macomb, Ill. She is preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, William Cale and Laurence Cale. Lemke Funeral Home-Lyons Chapel is handling all arrangements. Condolences can be made online at
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