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Sister Richard Ann Quilter, BVM

Sister Richard Ann Quilter, BVM died Monday, July 20, 2020, at Marian Hall in Dubuque, Iowa. She was 95.

Funeral services were Friday, July 24, 2020. Burial is in Mount Carmel Cemetery.

Sister Richard Ann was a primary teacher at Holy Family in Mason City, Iowa. She also taught at Gesu in Milwaukee; Holy Redeemer in Montrose, Calif.; and St. Vincent and Our Lady of the Angels in Chicago.

She was born on June 7, 1925, in Chicago to Richard and Ann (Tracy) Quilter. She entered the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary congregation Sept. 8, 1945, from Our Lady of Angels Parish, Chicago. She professed first vows on March 19, 1948, and final vows on Aug. 15, 1953.

She was preceded in death by her parents and brothers Richard and John Quilter. She is survived by a brother James Quilter, Wheeling, Ill.; James’ foster son Pa’al Joshi, Des Plaines, Ill.; and the Sisters of Charity, BVM, with whom she shared life for 74 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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  1. I was very fortunate to have met Sister Richard Ann at Our Lady of Angels Parish in Chicago. Sister will long be remembered by her students and their parents for her quiet, gentle and compassionate nature, which surely endeared her to all with whom she lived and worked. She had a great sense of humor, a ready smile and was always willing to help in any given situation. She will be warmly embraced by the God she served so well as a religious. Rest in peace, dear friend.

  2. It was only within the last 3 years that I got to know Sr. Richard Ann. One of her former students from Holy Redeemer grade school in Montrose California asked me about her and I then located her at our infirmary in Dubuque Iowa. I looked her up while in Dubuque for a meeting, and was quickly charmed by her sweet and friendly disposition, sense of humor, and sparkling eyes. Her love for summer Cubs baseball, and Jeopardy on TV plus the word search games were quite evident. It’s no wonder that her student of many years ago was impressed as a youth and for years thereafter.

    The joy of technology was that I was able to send him a photo of her immediately. She was loveable and loved and I’ll miss her as a relatively new friend. Our hearts happily connected again on all my subsequent visits and will in heaven too. Rest in peace, dear Sister.

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