Sister Curtis was an educator


JOHNSTON, Iowa — Sister Micheline Curtis, CHM, 83, a former educator, died July 10 at Bishop Drumm Center.

Sister Curtis

Carolyn Cecilia Curtis was born Dec. 10, 1937, in Iowa City to Hubert William and Alicia Rummelhart Curtis. She entered the Congregation of the Humility of Mary in 1958 and professed vows in 1960.

Sister Curtis received an associate’s degree in education from Ottumwa Heights College in Ottumwa and a bachelor’s degree in English from Marycrest College in Davenport. She completed post-graduate studies at the University of Kentucky English Institute in Lexington, Kentucky; the Colorado State University Economic Institute in Fort Collins, Colorado; and the University of Iowa in Iowa City. She earned a Family Intervention Chemical Dependency Certificate from the Johnson Institute in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Sister Curtis’ ministry of teaching began at St. Mary School in Ottumwa. Other Iowa teaching positions included St. Albert High School in Council Bluffs and Regina High School in Iowa City where she received a Teacher Excellence award. She taught at St. Pius X School in Rock Island, Illinois; Bourgade High School in Phoenix, Arizona; and Montini High School in Lombard, Illinois. During the Montini reunion in 2005, she received the Educator of the Year award for 25 years of teaching there. She also served as an intervention counselor at Montini and at Hinsdale Hospital in Hinsdale, Illinois.


After teaching, she served as an archivist assistant for the Congregation of the Humility of Mary in Davenport. At Bishop Drumm, Sister Curtis was very active and involved, serving as president of the resident council at the time of her death.

Private services were held July 18 at Bishop Drumm. Private services were held July 19 and a private Mass of Christian Burial was held July 20, both in the Humility of Mary Magnificat Chapel. Burial was at Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Davenport.

Memorials may be made to the Congregation of the Humility of Mary.

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