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Sister M. Floria Shannon, BVM

Sister M. Floria Shannon, BVM

Sister M. Floria Shannon, BVM died Tuesday, June 2, 2020, at Caritas Center in Dubuque, Iowa.

Virtual Visitation, Sharing of Memories, and funeral services were Wednesday, June 10, 2020. Burial is in Mount Carmel Cemetery.

She was born on Aug. 7, 1937, in Manly, Iowa, to William and Florence (Reid) Shannon. She entered the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary congregation on Sept. 8, 1956, from Holy Family Parish, Mason City, Iowa. She professed first vows on Feb. 3, 1959, and final vows on July 16, 1964.

Sister Floria served the congregation as administrator of the Mount Carmel Motherhouse and as receptionist in the Caritas Center and the BVM Center, all in Dubuque. She was an elementary teacher in Davenport, Iowa; Chicago; and East Moline, Ill., where she also served as vice-principal.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her stepmother Lillian; brothers John, William (Ardella), James (Marilyn), and Joseph (Rhinda) Shannon; a sister Lucy Donnelly; and a brother-in-law Paul Christensen.

She is survived by sisters Mary Kathleen Christensen, Marshalltown, Iowa; Elizabeth “Betty Jane” (Gene) Novak, Broomfield, Colo.; Lillian (Jim) Brown, Florence, Ky.; Sheila (Dan) Adams, Mason City; and Alice (Phil) Dougherty, Dougherty, Iowa; brothers Francis (Cathy) Shannon, Mason City; Robert Shannon, Waterloo, Iowa; Harry (Pam) Shannon, Mason City; Thomas (Kae) Shannon, Mason City; and Dennis (Sandy) Shannon, Rockford, Ill.; sister-in-law Dola Shannon, Mason City; nieces; nephews; and the Sisters of Charity, BVM, with whom she shared life for 63 years.

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

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This Post Has 8 Comments
  1. Dorothy Ann. Now you are at peace, no more pain and suffering. You are with God, the angels and all of our family…parents, brothers and sister, in-laws, nieces and nephews and your many friends. I will always remember our walks when you were a novice and we came to visit. You were always an inspiration. You will remain in my heart. Love to everyone, your niece…Maureen

  2. I met Floria many years ago at a meeting in Chicago. I noticed her name tag said Shannon. Her sister, Lucy, was married to my brother. Later that summer we met at a workshop at Clarke. She took me to Marian Hall to see Rose Therese Donnelly, who was an outstanding Math teacher.

    Lucy died after a tragic accident around 1995. Floria and I share three nephews. Her brother, Harry, was my high school classmate. I am very grateful to have known her. Rest in Peace, Floria.

  3. You will be greatly missed at the family picnics and holiday, so many times you would make the trip with Anita to see everyone back home..things won’t be the same without you. Make sure to tell everyone “Hi” for us and help keep an eye over everyone…Lord knows we need all the help we can get;) We will toast you soon with a Margarita..and will meet again another day..until then-we love and miss you.

  4. Floria has been a bonus aunt to us forever! We will miss her greatly. She and Aunt Mary are together again. May they enjoy their glory in God!

  5. Your life was a blessing.
    Your memory a treasure.
    You are loved beyond words,
    And missed beyond measure.

  6. Dorothy Ann, rest in peace and say hello to Anita for us

    We will greatly miss your presence at family gatherings. We will miss your family stories, historical knowledge and insight into many issues.

    We will also miss visiting Mount Carmel and the great welcome and hospitality we found there. And also the many evening phone conversations.

    You always had wise and telling comments and we will all miss you

  7. Dorothy Ann we will miss you, your great hugs and seeing you at the reunions.
    Thank you for everything!

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