Sister Vivian C. (Lauren) Wilson, BVM, 94, died Tuesday, June 21, 2022, at Mount Carmel Bluffs in Dubuque, Iowa.
Sharing of Memories and a Memorial Mass were held on Tuesday, June 28, 2022. Sister Vivian donated her body to science. Burial will be in the Mount Carmel cemetery at a later date.
Sister Vivian was born on April 20, 1928, in Lusk, Wyo., to Marvin and Laura (Sheridan) Wilson. She entered the BVM congregation Feb. 2, 1948, from St. Anthony Parish, Casper, Wyo. She professed first vows on Aug. 15, 1950, and final vows on Aug. 15, 1955.
Sister Vivian was an elementary teacher at Sacred Heart in Fort Dodge, Iowa; Immaculate Conception Cathedral in Rapid City, S.D.; St. Patrick in Lead, S.D.; and St. Callistus in Chicago, where she also ministered as an admissions counselor and assistant director of the Business Administration Institute at Mundelein College. She served as director of religious education at St. Kerian in Chicago Heights, Ill.
“In 2000, Vivian became the project director of the Special Task Force on Catechesis for the Archdiocese of Chicago . . . ‘to study the state of catechesis for adults, youth, and children . . . and to make recommendations . . . for its continued improvement.’ Vivian commented, ‘The idea of becoming a big part of this project dispelled the whole idea of being retired; I gladly took the plunge!’” (Eulogy).
She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers Marvin(Mary) Wilson, Howard Wilson, and William Wilson; and sisters: Mryl Wilson, Lois (Gene)Adams, Rosemary (Chuck) Anderson, and Nancy (Ken) Miller. She is survived by nieces, nephews, and the Sisters of Charity, BVM, with whom she shared life for 74 years.
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