Sister Joan Erdmann, CSJ 1930-2012

 Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet | Joan Erdmann

January 13, 1930 – December 5, 2012

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Sister Joan Erdmann (S. Rose Wilma)who passed away on Dec. 5 of a pulmonary embolism at St. Anthony’s Hospital in St. Louis. She was 82 years old.

S. Joan was born on January 13, 1930, in Green Bay, Wis., to Elmer and Rose (Bellin) Erdmann. She entered the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet on September 15, 1948, and made her final profession on August 15, 1956. She graduated from Fontbonne College in 1958 with a bachelor’s degree in education, history. She also received certification as a reading specialist from the state of Missouri in 1958.

S. Joan began her long service in education in St. Louis at Our Lady of the Presentation Grade School in 1951, along with Sts. John & James (1952-1956), St. Anthony of Padua (1956-1957); and St. Vincent De Paul (1957-1959) grade schools.

She then left St. Louis to teach at St. Paul Grade School in Negaunee, Mich., (1959-1963); St. Joseph Grade School in West de Pere, Wis., (1963-1966); and St. Joseph Male Orphanage in Washington, Ga., (1966-1967).

In 1967, she came back to both St. Louis and Sts. John & James Grade School where she taught for a year. Then, after taking a year off from the classroom to work as a general helper at the St. Joseph Home for Boys, she taught at St. Gregory Grade School for the next three years. In January of 1972, S. Joan left for Shawano, Wis., and taught at Sacred Heart Grade School. Six months later, S. Joan returned to St. Louis once again and taught at St. Thomas of Aquin Grade School (1972-74) and St. Margaret of Scotland (1974-75).

For the next 14 years, S. Joan served as a teacher’s aide at St. Rose of Lima Grade School in Houston, Texas. S. Joan made her final return to St. Louis In 1989 and served as staff member for five years at the Carondelet Day Care Center. In 1994, she served her CSJ community as receptionist at the Provincial House until her retirement to Nazareth Living Center in 1995 where she continued to serve in prayer and witness until her death.

A Memorial Mass was held  Dec. 17 at Nazareth Living Center Chapel. S. Joan donated her body to science.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, St. Louis Province, 6400 Minnesota Ave., St. Louis, MO 63111. Donate online.

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