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Sister Bernadette Marie (David Ann) Schvach, BVM

Sister Bernadette Marie (David Ann) Schvach, BVM, 92, of Mount Carmel Bluffs, 1160 Carmel Drive, Dubuque, Iowa, died Thursday, Nov. 10, 2022.

Visitation, the Sharing of Memories, and Mass of Christian Burial were on Thursday, Nov. 17, 2022, in the Mary Frances Clarke Chapel at Mount Carmel Bluffs. Burial is in the Mount Carmel Cemetery.

Sister Bernadette was an elementary teacher in Des Moines, Iowa; Chicago; Berwyn, Ill.; Boulder, Colo.; and Kauai, Hawaii, where she also served as principal.

She was born on May 1, 1930, in Chicago to Joseph and Mary (Zemanek) Schvach. She entered the BVM congregation Sept. 8, 1948, from St. Frances of Rome Parish, Cicero, Ill. She professed first vows on March 19, 1951, and final vows on Aug. 15, 1956.

She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers George and Joseph Schvach, and a sister Evelyn (George) Kostakis. She is survived by a niece, nephews, and the Sisters of Charity, BVM, with whom she shared life for 74 years.

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

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  1. Sister Bernadette taught me in 4th grade back in the late 1970’s – she was one of my favorite teachers at St Odilo. I remember always doing extra credit projects for her and she welcomed the hard work! She was a great teacher (although shorter than most of her students haha ) and had a huge heart 🙏🏻🙏🏻

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