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Ann Regina Dobel, BVM

Ann Regina Dobel, BVM

Sister Ann Regina Dobel, BVM died at Sunday, Sept. 2, 2018, in Marian Hall in Dubuque, Iowa.

Visitation, Sharing of Memories and Mass of Christian Burial were on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018, in the Marian Hall Chapel. Burial was in the Mount Carmel cemetery.

Sister Ann Regina was an elementary and/or secondary teacher in Burlington, Iowa; Milwaukee, Wis.; Chicago; San Francisco; and Boulder, Colo. She ministered as a principal in San Francisco and Boulder, Colo. She was a parish minister in Phoenix and served the community as a Regional Representative in the Southwest United States.

She was born on Sept. 3, 1916, in Kansas City, Mo., to James and Mary Ann Cavanaugh Dobel. She entered the BVM congregation Sept. 8, 1935, from St. Aloysius Parish, Kansas City, Mo. She professed first vows on March 19, 1938, and final vows on Aug. 15, 1943.

“A spirit of adventure dwelled within Ann Regina as she eagerly embraced new experiences. She had a positive attitude and a great laugh that drew people into her circle. She never took herself, or situations, too seriously . . . A former student wrote, ‘Sister Ann Regina is one of the strongest, wisest, most encouraging women I have ever known. She is the epitome of a woman of culture and of a woman of God.’” (Eulogy, Marian Hall Chapel, Sept. 6, 2018).

She was preceded in death by her parents, sisters Mary Dobel, BVM and Regina (Tom) Dixon, and a brother James in infancy. She is survived by nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, and the Sisters of Charity, BVM, with whom she shared life for 82 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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This Post Has 2 Comments
  1. My mother, Carolyn Cavanaugh Stanton, had fond memories of Sister Ann Regina (cousin Catherine). She always said that Catherine was fun to be with when the Dobels visited the Cavanaugh family in Kansas City, and visa-versa.
    My mother passed away this past December 2nd, age 95. So to all Cavanaugh-Dobel decendants, there is longevity in this family.
    My sympathies to all the nieces and nephews and to all the Sisters of Charity.

  2. I remember Sister Ann Regina Dobel during her time in Parish Ministry and also her sister, Sister Mary Dobel
    Ann Regina was an outgoing person and you often would see her in the grocery store chatting up people as they waited to pay for their purchases

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