Sister Jeanne F. (Chabanel) Fielding, BVM, 97, died Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019, at Caritas Center, Dubuque, Iowa.
Visitation, the Sharing of Memories and Mass of Christian Burial were on Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019. Burial was in the Mount Carmel cemetery.
Sister Jeanne was born on Sept. 5, 1921, in Milwaukee to Frank and Estelle Fielding Sheeran. She entered the BVM congregation Sept. 8, 1948, from St. Clare Parish, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. She professed first vows on Aug. 15, 1951, and final vows on Aug. 15. 1956.
Sister Jeanne was an elementary teacher in Emmetsburg, Iowa; Chicago; Maywood, Ill.; and Hempstead, N.Y. She worked as a salesperson and an office clerk in Hempstead, N.Y., and as a secretary in Chicago.
“Despite the many difficulties Jeanne faced in her young life, she became a spiritual seeker in her adult years. She sought knowledge, truth, and justice. She was strong in her convictions, perspectives, and beliefs. ‘I was thinking of happiness,’ Jeanne wrote. ‘Real happiness comes from love (and) love is a virtue (that) gives us a share in the life of God. So each time we bring happiness into another person’s life, we give them a share in the life of God.’ This is what Jeanne strived to do in her own unique manner.” (Eulogy)
She was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by cousins; and the Sisters of Charity, BVM, with whom she shared life for 70 years.
Memorials may be given to Sisters of Charity, BVM Support Fund, 1100 Carmel Drive, Dubuque, IA 52003 or make an online gift.Download Eulogy Download Sharing of Memories