Sister Eleanor Neuroth, CHM


Sister Eleanor Neuroth (Sister Mary Francis De Sales), 90, died Sunday, March 7, 2010, at Bishop Drumm Care Center, Johnston, Iowa.

There will be a Memorial Service at Our Lady of Peace Chapel, Johnston, at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 9. Sister Eleanor donated her body to the medical school, University of Iowa, Iowa City. Iles Funeral Homes-Dunn’s Chapel in Des Moines is assisting with arrangements. There will also be a Memorial Service on Monday, March 15, 7 p.m. at the Humility of Mary Center, Magnificat Chapel, 820 W. Central Park Ave., in Davenport.

Eleanor Anna Neuroth was born on November 24, 1919, in Haverhill, Iowa, a daughter of Francis A. (Frank) and Cecilia Lang Neuroth. She entered the Congregation of the Humility of Mary on January 10, 1938, and professed vows on July 17, 1940. She graduated from Ottumwa Heights College, Ottumwa, Iowa, receiving a teacher certificate. After teaching five years at St. Joseph School in Dunlap, Iowa, she attended St. Joseph School of Nursing in Ottumwa, graduating in 1948. She was a life-long learner, receiving her B.A. in education from Marycrest College, Davenport, Iowa, in 1951. She took post graduate work in Obstetrics at the University of Illinois, Peoria, Ill., and attended many conferences and workshops related to nursing. She was the Supervisor of Obstetrics at St. Joseph Hospital, Ottumwa, Iowa, from 1949-1971. During most of those years she was also a clinical instructor at the St. Joseph School of Nursing. Following three years of nursing at Ottumwa Hospital, she worked in the obstetrics department at Marshalltown Medical & Surgical Center, Marshalltown, Iowa, for 19 years. She belonged to many professional organizations including American Nurses’ Association, National League for Nursing, National Council of Catholic Nurses and Iowa Nurses Association. She returned to Davenport in 1992 and moved to Bishop Drumm Retirement Center in 2001.

Sister Eleanor was preceded in death by her parents and brothers, Virgil, Sylvester, Walter, Joseph and Cletus and sisters, Rosena Daters, Angeline Brink and Celestine Kopel. She is survived by numerous nieces and nephews and many great nieces and nephews. She is also survived by the sisters and associates of her religious community, including her nieces, Sister Jeanette Kopel and Sister Barbara Kopel.


Memorials may be made to the Sisters of Humility.

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