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Sister Mary Lou Anglin, BVM

Sister Mary Lou Anglin, BVM, 61, of Mount Carmel Bluffs, 1160 Carmel Dr., Dubuque, Iowa, died Sunday, May 29, 2022.

Visitation, the Sharing of Memories and Mass of Christian Burial were on Friday, June 3, 2022. Burial was in the Mount Carmel cemetery.

Sister Lou was born Dec. 4, 1960, in Dubuque, Iowa, to John “Jack” and Laverne (Mahoney) Anglin. She entered the BVM congregation July 16, 1985, from St. Patrick Parish, Epworth, Iowa. She professed first vows on July 16, 1988, and final vows on July 16, 1994.

Sister Lou served the BVM congregation as formation director and vice-president. She ministered as a religion teacher and campus minister at Nerinx High School in St. Louis. She was as an elementary teacher at DePorres Consolidated School and St. Bartholomew Elementary School in St. Louis, and at St. Elizabeth of Hungary in Crestwood, Mo. She was a junior high teacher at St. Joseph School in New Hampton, Iowa before entering the congregation.

“Lou was a quiet, sincere, and compassionate woman: a beautiful spirit with a sense of responsibility and accountability. . . She possessed a gift of deep sensitivity. . . She connected social justice with everyday life; at the same time, she had an active concern for a world in need of healing. . . Lou was generous in sharing her time, understanding, and wisdom. Being introverted, she quietly held her personal feelings close. If the issue was a matter of justice and respect, she did not hesitate to offer an honest and loving response. . . [S]he ‘valued relationships, people came first.’ . . . Her personality made Lou a comfortable person to be around. She possessed an inner strength to handle life peacefully. She entered into deep friendships with others – friends, staff and sisters. Lou had a wonderful capacity to enjoy life and leisure.” (Eulogy).

She was preceded in death by her father and a brother Patrick Anglin.  She is survived by her mother; a brother Robert “Bob” Anglin, Madison, Wis.; a sister Diane Forner, Gilbert, Ariz.; nieces; nephews; and the Sisters of Charity, BVM, with whom she shared life for 36 years.

Memorials may be given to Sisters of Charity, BVM Support Fund, 1100 Carmel Drive, Dubuque, IA 52003 or online at

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This Post Has 11 Comments
  1. BVM Sisters’ and Associates,

    I am sorry for your loss of Sister Lou Anglin. I enjoyed working with both Lou and Kathy Carr in Vocation Ministry. We traveled many miles together visiting Iowa Colleges, speaking at Masses and participating with Busy Persons Retreat. We worked well together and enjoyed all the adventures wherever the Spirit led us. I remember well Lou’s gentle spirit that welcomed all she met. May she now rest in peace. Carla Popes PBVM

  2. Lou was a wonderful friend and colleague at Nerinx. So many memories. We are all enriched by her walk with us.

  3. So sorry to hear of Sister Lou’s passing. Sister Lou was my daughter’s home room and religion teacher at Nerinx Hall, freshman year. Sister Lou was also her basketball coach on the freshman team. Sister Lou was a terrific teacher, coach, and mentor for my daughter and friend to me and my wife. Sister Lou will truly be missed.

  4. Condolences from the Denstedt family on the passing of Sister Mary Lou Anglin. Sister Lou taught our daughter at Nerinx Hall in Saint Louis and was a wonderful, inspirational educator. Sister Lou, you have proclaimed the Gospel well in your life of service to the people of the Church of Saint Louis and many other missions on which you served. The prayers of the Church often express longing for the coming of our God, stirring that same longing within each of us. Sister Lou, you have heard the call by God to come home, and the desire of your heart will soon be satisfied. You will know God’s gracious smile as you meet face to face. Our family is confident that a loving God waits to welcome you into the fullness of love reserved for all eternity. Go forth in peace. Thanks be to God!

  5. So saddened by this loss of such a fun, beautiful, faith-filled friend. I have no doubt that Lou is whole again in the Love of her God, family and BVM sisters. Praying for all of us who grieve Lou’s transformation especially her mom, the Loggia community and the BVM March Madness group. Pray for us, Lou. ❤️

  6. Lou was so fun to know. Her spirit will live on in so many of those who loved her. While I only met her a few times, she made such an beautiful impression on us. I loved her tenacity at cards, something I imagine carried over in many facets of her life. A wonderful soul who I know is in a better place and will be looking down upon all who loved her hoping for them to carry on in peace.

  7. I loved Lou.We shared an office while teaching at Nerinx. We had many conversations, good times and more serious times while counseling students and working retreats. I will miss her notes, birthday and Christmas cards which kept us in touch.

  8. I have been out of town and just heard of this sad news. Sr. Lou was a true friend to many. She was the most caring person and always there for others. I still can not believe she is gone. I remember when my mother died she came into my office and sat down and said, ok lets do this. She helped me organize mass and services. I could not of gotten through that hard time without her. She will be missed. Love always OB

  9. I was a student of Sr. Lou at Nerinx in 2000-02. She was cheerful, energetic, and kind, and I learned a lot. To this day, whenever I hear the songs In Your Eyes by Peter Gabriel or Send Me on my Way by Rusted Root, I’m transported to Sr. Lou’s class—she used to open class with group prayer/meditation/well wishes with one of those songs (or some others) in the background. I’m sorry for the loss to the BVM community and am sure that her memory will be a blessing to many.

  10. I am heartbroken. My daughter attended Nerinx Hall from 2000-2004. We loved Sr. Lou! I went to Xavier high in St. Louis, graduated in 1973. When Xavier closed, I was so sad that any future daughter of mine would not have a BVM education. Imagine my happiness, when my daughter Julie chose to attend Nerinx, and I found 2 BVM sisters there, Sr. Lou and Sr. Eileen Fuchs. Now they are both gone, and while I am grateful to have known them, I am very sad that our world lost 2 amazing women much too soon. God bless and comfort their families and the wonderful BVM community.

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