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Sister Donard Collins, BVM

Sister Donard Collins, BVM

Donard Collins, BVM died at Marian Hall in Dubuque, Iowa, Monday, March 23, 2020.

A Rite of Committal was held Wednesday, March 25, 2020, at 1:30 p.m. in the Marian Hall Chapel. Burial is in the Mount Carmel Cemetery.

Funeral services at Mount Carmel will be scheduled later, at a time when all who wish to attend are able to gather together.


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  1. Sister Donard was a faithful communicator, writing frequently with news of happenings at Mount Carmel. She loved her community and shared lovingly about it. I will miss her beautiful letters and spirit.

  2. I have been friends with Sister Donard since 1966!
    We taught together at Blessed Sacrament School I Chicago. Sister taught first grade. I taught 6th – 8th Language Arts.
    Donard was so creative! She had use of two Rooms.
    When her students completed a lesson, off they would go to another classroom loaded with audiovisual equipment. These first graders knew how to set up filmstrips and even movies. This totally blew my mind!
    Another time Sister had to take a class to qualify for some document. We knew she should be teaching this class, not taking it.

    My favorite memory was when her family sent her an electric blanket.
    Our bedrooms were so cold.
    Sister shared the blanket so everyone got to use it every 2 weeks or so.
    I left the convent, but stayed friends throughout these many years.

    I thank God for her friendship and love!

  3. Aunt Chuck, you had such a kind, caring and non-judgmental heart. Thanks for your example of how to live a Christ like life. You were always so much fun to be around and will truly be missed!

  4. Sister Donard was such a blessing to everyone she knew. She was a shining example of Christian virtue, so kind and loving. However, she was not milk toast. She was bold when speaking up for social justice issues and for those without power or position. Aunt Chuck was a treasure on earth as she will be in heaven.

  5. One of the nicest people to ever walk the Earth. I’ll always remember her story of doing outreach in the sketchy areas of Kansas City back in the 70s/80s and “friendly” notes left on her car. The world’s going to miss you Chuck

  6. I have special memories of Donard when we would gather at Fort Benning GA every November to protest the
    School of the Americas. She was always so welcoming and it was such a delight to share that weekend of witness. I was honored to help carry the BVM banner with her one year. Rest well, dear Donard.

  7. Sr. Donard inspired & encouraged me to pursue a nursing career when we worked together at Marion Hall in the 1970’s. She was an awesome, gentle soul, and I will cherish her spirit forever. May she rest in perpetual peace.

  8. Sr Donard was such a kind and gentle person and blessed me with regular notes and letters as my prayer partner. I am grateful i was able to learn so much from her.

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