Sister Mary Alma (Robert Emmett) Sullivan, BVM, 93, of Mount Carmel Bluffs, 1160 Carmel Drive, Dubuque, Iowa, died Sunday, June 25, 2023, at MercyOne Medical Center.
Rite of Committal for Natural Burial was Tuesday, June 27, 2023 at 1:15 p.m. in the Mary Frances Clarke Chapel at Mount Carmel Bluffs, with burial in the Mount Carmel Cemetery. Funeral services were held Friday, July 7, 2023, in the Mary Frances Clarke Chapel at Mount Carmel Bluffs. All services are available at https://portal.stretchinternet.com/bvmsisters/.
Sister Mary Alma was born on Jan. 2, 1930, in Chicago to Daniel and Alma (Freehill) Sullivan. She entered the BVM congregation Sept. 8, 1953, from Queen of All Saints Parish, Chicago. She professed first vows on March 19, 1956, and final vows on July 16, 1961.
Sister Mary Alma was a cinema and communications instructor at Mundelein College and Loyola University in Chicago. She taught high school English and journalism at Regina in Iowa City, Iowa; Cathedral in Chicago; Our Lady of Peace in Saint Paul, Minn.; and Bellarmine-Jefferson in Burbank, Calif. She was an elementary teacher at St. Joseph in Rock Island, Ill.; Holy Cross in Chicago, and St. John in Seattle.
”[Mary Alma’s] interests, activities, and talents were extensive. [She] remained an avid reader for life. She wrote poetry and collaborated with Eliza Kenney to compose cherished songs for the community. She enjoyed nature programs, educational documentaries, and British mysteries. Later in life she took up painting, often transferring to canvas photographs taken on her many trips, and she took classes at the Roberta Kuhn Center. Even as her mobility decreased, she worked for social justice by signing petitions, writing letters, and financially supporting organizations focused on women’s issues and peace initiatives.” (Eulogy).
She was preceded in death by her parents and brothers Daniel (Mary Ellen), Robert (Barb), and John Sullivan. She is survived by a sister-in-law Nan Sullivan, Arlington Heights, Ill.; nieces; nephews; cousins; and the Sisters of Charity, BVM, with whom she shared life for 69 years.
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