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Sr. Carolyn Althoff

Mar 11, 2016


Funeral services for Sister M. Carolyn Althoff , OSF will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 5, at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Chapel, St. Francis Convent, Hankinson, ND. Visitation will be Friday 2:30-4:30 with a prayer service at 7 p.m., also in the Chapel. Tuesday March 1, Sister Carolyn peacefully passed into eternity and into the loving arms of God. She was 98 years old and in June 2016 she would have celebrated 80 years as a consecrated religious. She was a resident of St. Gerard’s Community of Care, Hankinson, since the fall of 2015. As her cancer progressed she was in need of more skilled care.

Sister M. Carolyn Althoff, OSF was born June 19, 1917 to John and Lena Althoff of Mooreton, ND. She was one of 11 children, seven girls and four boys. In 1930, she entered St. Francis Convent as a Candidate. After graduating from St. Francis Academy she made her Novitiate in 1935 and her first Profession of Vows August 13, 1936. Teaching was the main profession of Sister Carolyn (Sister Mary John) for over 50 years. She attended several teachers colleges and received her BA from Alverno College, Milwaukee, WI and her Master degree in Administration in Education from Moorhead State University, MN. She taught in a number of ND schools including Pisek, Karlsruhe, Wahpeton, Oakes, Hankinson, Grand Forks, Rugby and Mount Carmel. During her 50 years in education she taught both elementary and high school and was Principal for 11 years. Sister Carolyn also was a Parish Worker and Director of the Religious Education program in Cando, ND 1983-92. Following her time in Cando Sr. Carolyn worked as receptionist for 16 years at St. Anne’s Guest Home in Grand Forks. She returned home to the Provincial House in Hankinson in 2007. Though retired she continued to do secretarial work and to help out in the library.

Sister Carolyn is survived by her Dillingen Franciscan Sisters, two brothers, Leo (Loretta) Althoff, Hankinson; Joseph (Virginia) Althoff, California and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Lena Althoff, her sisters Martha Althoff in infancy, Marie (Althoff) Heppers, Sister Angeline (Clara) Althoff, Rosalia (Althoff) Killian, Loretta (Althoff) Bernard and Dorothy (Althoff) German; her brothers Aloysius Althoff, and Lawrence Althoff.

Online guestbook: www.frankfamilyfuneralhome.com

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