Sister Loretta Schreiber

Sister Loretta Schreiber

May 2, 1928 – February 13, 2024

Sister Loretta Schreiber, a Sister of Mercy of the Holy Cross, age 95, died February 13, 2024, at Bell Tower Residence Assisted Living in Merrill, Wisconsin.

Irene Schreiber was born May 2, 1928, in Athens, Wisconsin, to Bernard and Hattie (Soucek) Schreiber. She entered Holy Cross Convent in Merrill, Wisconsin, on August 12, 1947, and professed her vows on July 2, 1949. Sister Loretta was in her 74th year of ministry at the time of her death.

She attended Our Lady of the Holy Cross High School, Merrill, Wisconsin graduating in 1947. She received her practical nursing certificate from St Joseph’s School of Practical Nursing in Dickinson, North Dakota on September 29, 1953. Sister Loretta was a staff nurse (8 years) at St Joseph’s Hospital, Dickinson, ND, Holy Cross Hospital (2 years) Merrill, WI, and St Joseph’s Hospital (27 years) Breese, IL. When she retired from nursing, she continued her service to patients and employees in the Heath Information Services (17 years) at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Breese, IL. In 2013, she moved to Bell Tower Residence in Merrill, WI and joined the small community of sisters living there.

Sister was involved in visiting the elderly in their homes and in nursing homes, bringing communion to the sick in their parishes in the Breese area as well as St. Joseph’s Hospital. In her later years she enjoyed yard work and tending to the birds who came to her bird feeder.

Preceding her in death are her brothers, Fr Bernard, Clarence, and George, an infant brother, August, and parents, Bernard and Hattie.

She is survived by her family of Holy Cross Sisters and associates, as well as by her brother, Roman Schreiber, Abbotsford, one sister-in-law, Marcella Schreiber, Abbotsford, and many nieces and nephews.

A Funeral Mass for Sister will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Wednesday, February 21, 2024, at the Holy Cross Chapel in Bell Tower Residence. Father Charles Hoffmann will officiate. Visitation will be held at 9:00 A.M. on Wednesday, February 21, 2024, until the time of the liturgy. Burial will follow in the St. Francis Xavier Catholic Cemetery, Merrill, WI. Taylor-Stine Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Merrill, is assisting with arrangements.

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