Two celebrate 60 years


DUBUQUE, Iowa — Sisters Ann Marie Dunn, OSF, and Rosemary Vaske, OSF, members of the Sisters of St. Francis in Dubuque, celebrated their diamond jubilees (60 years) on June 25, at Mount St. Francis Center in Dubuque.

Sr. Dunn

Sister Ann Marie (Margaret) Dunn was born in Roseville, Iowa, the daughter of Franklin and Rose Dunn. She attended St. William’s High School in Alta Vista and entered Mount St. Francis in 1956.

Her ministry included 14 years of teaching at elementary schools in Webster City, Fillmore, Otter Creek and LaMotte, all in Iowa, and Mary of the Woods and Hazel Crest in Illinois. She is a graduate of Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, Iowa, and St. Mary College in Winona, Minn.

Since 1974 she has served as director of religious education and/or pastoral minister in Colorado and cities in Iowa, including St. Alphonsus-Mount Pleasant from 2003 to 2011. Sr. Dunn also served the elderly at four care centers in Mount Pleasant. She is retired at Mount St. Francis and enjoys volunteering.

Sr. Vaske

Sr. Vaske was born, raised and attended school in Remsen, Iowa. After graduating from St. Mary’s, she entered the congregation in 1956. She taught primary grades and prepared students for the Eucharist for 36 years in Iowa schools. Later, she took a clinical pastoral education course in La Crosse, Wis., and then ministered as a chaplain at the Veterans Home in Marshalltown for 11 years. From 2009-2011 Sr. Vaske ministered in Mount Pleasant visiting parishioners of St. Alphonsus in their homes, care centers and hospitals.

She spent many summers with people who are poor in places around the world through her volunteerism with the Franciscan Common Venture program. She lives at Mount St. Francis and ministers to the elderly at Stonehill Franciscan Services.

Cards can be sent to Sisters Ann Marie and Rosemary at 3390 Windsor Ave., Dubuque, IA 52001.

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