Sister Nehus was a nurse in New Jersey, Iowa


DAVENPORT — Sister Marianne Nehus, CHM, 67, died May 10 at Bishop Drumm Care Center in Johnston, Iowa. 

Mary Kathleen Nehus was born Dec. 23, 1952, in Honolulu, Hawaii, to George and Elizabeth Byers Nehus. She entered a Franciscan order, the Servants of the Holy Infancy of Jesus, in 1971, and professed vows in 1974.  Later, in 1987, she transferred to the Congregation of the Humility of Mary (CHM).

Sister Nehus

Sister’s education included an AS from Union College, Cranford, New Jersey; an RN in nursing from Muhlenberg Hospital, Plainfield, New Jersey; and a BSN in nursing from Teikyo Marycrest University, Davenport.

Sister Nehus served as a nurse at Villa Maria, New Jersey, beginning as an aide and rising to be head nurse, and also worked as an administrative intern at the McCutchen Nursing home in North Plainfield, New Jersey, and as a staff nurse in the Children’s Specialized Hospital in Mountainside, New Jersey.


After transferring to the Congregation of the Humility of Mary, she served in Davenport as a nurse and administrator at Mercy Hospital, a registered nurse at Genesis Visiting Nurse Association and Genesis Hospital, and as the extension program coordinator for the Congregation of the Humility of Mary. Recently, she served as the computer assistant for the CHMs at the Bishop Drumm Retirement Center. She also was creative in her photography and holiday-themed name cards for the sisters’ doors.

Sister was involved for many years with the Animal Aid Humane Society, eventually becoming the executive director of the AAHS shelter in Moline, Illinois. She was honored by Governor Tom Vilsack for her service on the Disabilities Policy Council in 2006.

A private rosary and memorial service took place at the Humility of Mary Center Magnificat Chapel in Davenport prior to burial in Mount Calvary Cemetery.  A memorial Mass will be scheduled when pandemic restrictions are lifted. Memorials may be made to the Congregation of the Humility of Mary.

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