This branch of the Austrian Hesch family is descended from Johann Hesch and his wife Marya (Schlinz) Hesch, who came to America from Oberschlagles, Bohemia with three sons: Paul, Mathias, and Anton. +++Johann & Marya settled in Buffalo County, Wisconsin but moved to Pierz, Mn in about 1885. .+++Mathias settled in Waumandee, Wisconsin and moved to Pierz in 1911. +++Anton never married but farmed with his dad in Agram Township, where he died in 1911.+++And Paul, my great grandfather, settled five miles away, in Buckman, Minnesota. He died there in 1900.

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Sunday, November 6, 2011

Srs. Severine and Teresita, OSB

Two of Mike and Louisa's family became nuns--their eldest daughter, Mary (back row next to Joe and below, right) became Sr Severine, while the third youngest, Ann (next to her dad here) became Sr Teresita (that's her on the left, below).  
Christa wrote and asked St Benedicts for more information about them and they sent a one page summary on each sister, with photos of their respective grave markers, and these short narratives:

"Sister Severine was preceded in death by her sister, Sister Teresita.  Their parents had been the first couple married in the Buckman parish.  Sister Severine spent many years teaching, nursing, cooking, doing housework, and doing church work in a variety of locations.  She suffered from cancer and was noted for her patience and her resignation to her illness" and "Sister Severine always wanted to be a sister from little on and to dress like one. "

 (Rank must mean family birth order ☺).

"Sister Teresita was at St. Cloud Hospital recovering from a broken foot when she died very suddenly.  She had been a grade school teacher for more than 50 years, serving the longest at Bluffton, from 1925 to 1945.  In her later years when her sight failed, she could be found praying the rosary, "that God's will be done."  Her sister, Sister Severine, survived her".

 Wow, a young Sr Teresita!

I really liked both these women.  They were good, gentle souls who laughed easily.  I wasn't aware how either of them died, or from what.  I really wish I'd known them as an adult, 
or better yet, now, when I understand a bit more about life.

1 comment:

  1. St. Joseph's orphanage @ St. Paul