Sister Joan Holland OSF - 81
11/14/1933 - 6/7/2015
Sister Joan Holland, OSF, age 81 of Clinton, passed away Sunday, June 7, 2015 at the Alverno Health Care Facility. A Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 A.M. on Saturday, June 13, 2015 at The Canticle, 843 13th Ave. No. in Clinton with the Rev. Jim Bergen officiating. Visitation will be from 4:00 to 8:00 P.M. Friday at The Canticle where a rosary will be recited at 4:00 P.M. and a scripture service held at 6:00 P.M. Burial will be in St. Irenaeus Calvary Cemetery. The Pape Funeral Home is assisting.
Sister Joan Holland was born November 14, 1933, in Vail, IA, the eighth of eleven children of John J. and Blanche (Lorenzen) Holland. She was baptized Jeanne Ann on November 21, 1933, at St. Ann Church in Vail. She had seven brothers, John, Joseph, Thomas, Doyle C., James, Patrick, Frank and three sisters, Mary, Catherine, and Carol. Jeanne attended Holy Angels School in Omaha, Nebraska, and graduated from Denison Public High School, Denison, IA.
She entered the Sisters of St. Francis at Mount St. Clare Convent, Clinton, IA on September 8, 1952, and received the name Sister Joan of Arc at her reception. She was later known simply as Sister Joan. She professed perpetual vows on August 12, 1958.
Sister Joan attended Mount St. Clare College and received a bachelor’s degree in Education from St. Ambrose College, Davenport, IA. She held a Life Teaching Certificate from California.
Sister Joan’s love of children and joyful spirit of service were evident in her ministry as a talented and beloved teacher. Her first missions were at St. Rita School in Cameron, MO and at St. Mary School in Hawarden, IA. The remainder of her active ministry was in California where she served at schools in Riverside, Reedley, Chino, and Fontana. Sr. Joan was not only interested in her students’ academic growth, but in their spiritual and emotional growth as well. At the end of her career, she spent fourteen years at St. Catherine of Alexandria in Riverside, California, first as a teacher and then as Spiritual Campus Minister for the students.
Sr. Joan retired at the Canticle in July of 2011. She moved to the Alverno in November, 2013. Her on going courage, and faith in God were an inspiration not only to the Sisters with whom she shared community but also to her caregivers and the residents at the Alverno.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her seven brothers, and her sisters Mary Holland and Cathy Clausen. She is survived by her sister Carol Cavano of Bluffen, SC, her brother-in-law Michael Clausen of Wright, MO, several nieces and nephews and the Sisters of St. Francis with whom she shared life for almost 63 years.
Visitation will be from 4:00 to 8:00 P.M. Friday at The Canticle where a rosary will be recited at 4:00 P.M. and a scripture service held at 6:00 P.M. The Pape Funeral Home is assisting.
A Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 A.M. on Saturday, June 13, 2015 at The Canticle, 843 13th Ave. No. in Clinton with the Rev. Jim Bergen officiating. Burial will be in St. Irenaeus Calvary Cemetery.