MILWAUKEE, Wis. — More than three dozen School Sisters of St. Francis (SSSF) of the United States Province will celebrate milestone anniversaries as women religious in 2021. One laywoman in associate relationship will celebrate her 40-year jubilee and two laywomen their 25-year jubilees.
Sister Darlene Hoch, a native of Knoxville, celebrates 70 years as an SSSF. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education from Alverno College in Milwaukee. In the Diocese of Davenport, Sister Hoch taught at a public junior high school in Knoxville and at Marquette High School in St. Paul. She also served in Knoxville as a medical office receptionist and as a volunteer at St. Anthony Parish.
Sister Hoch also served in the Diocese of Des Moines at St. Mary Parish in Rosemont; the Archdiocese of Chicago at St. Philomena School in Chicago; the Archdiocese of Omaha at Ryan High School in Omaha, St. John the Baptist High School in Petersburg and Holy Name High School in Omaha; the Diocese of New Ulm, Minnesota, at Holy Trinity High School in Winsted.
In the Diocese of Tucson, Arizona, Sister Hoch served as a private caregiver in Tucson, a teacher at Chaparral Career College, and a private counselor/business manager. In the Archdiocese of Milwaukee she was a volunteer switchboard operator at St. Joseph Convent in Milwaukee. She now serves in a ministry of prayer and presence at Maria Linden Senior Apartments in Milwaukee.
Cards and donations in honor of sister’s years of service may be mailed to her attention, c/o Jubilee Committee, School Sisters of St. Francis, 1545 S. Layton Blvd., Milwaukee, WI 53215.