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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 ministered as an elementary teacher at Sacred Heart, Boulder, Colo.; St. Ambrose, Des Moines, Iowa; Our Lady of Lourdes, Chicago; St. Catherine and Holy Cross, island of Kauai, Hawaii; and St. Odilo, Berwyn, Ill. She also served as principal at Holy Cross, island of Kauai, Hawaii and assistant principal and coordinator of reading, testing, and tutoring program at St. Odilo, Berwyn, Ill.

Seeing a beloved child of God in every person, Bernadette strove to be a loving presence to all she encountered. She had a gentle strength and a joyfulness born from a deep faith and trust in God. She was by nature a caring and sharing person, a loyal and dependable friend, and ‘a breath of fresh air.’” (Eulogy).

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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