Sister Ramona (Simone) Barwick, BVM, 91, of Mount Carmel Bluffs, 1160 Carmel Dr., Dubuque, Iowa, died Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022.
Visitation, Sharing of Memories, and Mass of Christian Burial were on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022. Burial was in the Mount Carmel Cemetery.
Sister Ramona was born on Jan. 30, 1931, in Milwaukee, to Frank and Lillian (Ossowski) Barwick. She entered the BVM congregation Sept. 8, 1949, from St. Mary Czestochona Parish, Milwaukee. She professed first vows on March 19, 1952, and final vows on July 16, 1957.
Sister Ramona ministered at Clarke University in Dubuque, Iowa, as food service coordinator, bookstore director and post office manager. She was as an elementary teacher at St. Patrick in Cedar Falls, Iowa; St. Anthony in Davenport, Iowa; and St. Thomas of Canterbury in Chicago.
“[Ramona’s] approach to life was simple. ‘I never quit. . . I followed the Spirit in big decisions and used common sense in the little ones.’ She was able to ‘discern what is of value’ in this life. She believed that the ‘Spirit prepares us and teaches us to be compassionate to one another’ and ‘hoped that the students would remember that God loves them.’” (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 73 years.
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