Former teacher Sr. Townsell dies


DUBUQUE — Sister H. Dorothy Townsell, BVM (Mildred Ann), 103, died March 18 at Marian Hall.

She was born in Streator, Ill., on July 20, 1912, to William and Clare (Whalen) Townsell. She entered the BVM congregation Sept. 8, 1932, from Sacred Heart Parish, Caney, Kan. She professed first vows on March 19, 1935, and final vows on Aug. 15, 1940.

Sr. Townsell
Sr. Townsell

In the Diocese of Davenport Sr. Townsell taught secondary school at St. Paul in Burlington and Assumption in Davenport. She also taught secondary school in Council Bluffs, Iowa; Milwaukee; St. Paul, Minn.; Rock Island, Ill.; and Los Angeles. She was on staff at Mundelein College in Chicago and at Clarke University in Dubuque. She served as a microbiologist/research technician in Minneapolis, and in companion ministry in Streator, Ill.

Burial is in Mount Carmel Cemetery, Dubuque.


Memorials may be given to the Sisters of Charity, BVM Support Fund.

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