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Sister Anita (Felicity) Montavon, BVM

Sister Anita (Felicity) Montavon, BVM died Dec. 2, 2020, at MercyOne Dubuque, Iowa, Medical Center. She was 82.

Funeral services, Sharing of Memories, and Virtual Visitation were held Thursday, Dec. 10, 2020. Burial is in the Mount Carmel Cemetery.

She was born on Jan. 16, 1938, in DeKalb, Ill., to Paul Augustine and Marie (Pitzen) Montavon. She entered the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary congregation Sept. 8, 1956, from St. Mary Parish, DeKalb, Ill. She professed first vows on Feb 3, 1959, and final vows on July 16, 1964.

Sister Anita was an elementary and/or junior high teacher in Chicago, East Moline, and Rock Island, Ill.; Boulder, Colo.; Butte and Missoula, Mont.; and Seattle. She served as director of religious education in Gillette, Wyo.; pastoral minister, librarian, library associate, and office manager in Chicago; and library staff member in River Forest, Ill.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers Jerry, Paul Thomas, and Leonard Montavon; and brothers-in-law Lars Bleivik and Jim Byrne. She is survived by her twin sister Miriam (Mimi) Montavon, River Forest, Ill.; sisters Jane Bleivik, Staten Island, N.Y.; Ruth (Jake) Graves, Ames, Iowa; and Terese Byrne, Hanson, Mass.; sister-in-law Carolyn Montavon, Malta, Ill.; nieces; nephews; and the Sisters of Charity, BVM, with whom she shared life for 64 years.

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

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  1. A few years ago we took a trip to the Midwest from NYC. A very important stop was Mt. Carmel. This visit was the highlight of our trip. It started with a lunch with Aunt Anita and her friends. The
    conversation was stimulating but more important was how we were accepted with warmth and love.  We didn’t want lunch to end.  Then Aunt Anita gave us a tour and introduced us to her other friends, who also were full of warmth and care.
    They were just wonderful. Next came Aunt Anita’s room. It was filled with family pictures and other subjects that
    interested her. We ended our time with a meditative visit to the Mississippi River.
    We love Aunt Anita. Her warmth, her acceptance, her non-judgement, her love, her delight in life. What a
    beautiful woman!     Thank you Aunt Anita.

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