Two BVMs who ministered here die


DUBUQUE — Sister Veronica Grennan (Ita) and Sister Therese Miller (Therese Emile), both members of the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, died last month.

Sr. Grennan, 103, died Nov. 22 at Marian Hall in Dubuque, Iowa. She was born in Sterling, Ill., on Sept. 17, 1913, to John and Mary (Loran) Grennan. She entered the BVM congregation Sept. 8, 1931, and professed first vows March 19, 1934, and final vows Aug. 15, 1939.

In the Diocese of Davenport, Sr. Grennan taught at Regina High School in Iowa City. She taught elementary and secondary school and was principal in Chicago; Cedar Rapids and Cascade, Iowa; Clarksdale, Miss.; Portland, Ore.; Seattle; and Rock Island, Ill., where she also served as a counselor and in pastoral ministry.
Sr. Miller, 87, died Nov. 23 at Marian Hall in Dubuque.

A native of Iowa City, she was born May 15, 1929, to Paul Anson and Therese (Graef) Miller. She entered the BVM congregation Feb. 2, 1950, and professed first vows Aug. 15, 1952, and final vows Aug. 15, 1957.


In the Diocese of Davenport, Sr. Miller was a convent cook at Immaculate Conception Academy in Davenport. She taught elementary school in Chicago. She served as a BVM congregational employee, ministering as a nurse aide and laundry worker at Mount Carmel in Dubuque.

Both sisters were buried at Mount Carmel Cemetery, Dubuque.

Memorials may be given to the Sisters of Charity, BVM Support Fund, 1100 Carmel Drive, Dubuque, Iowa 52003, or online at

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