Sister Virginia Adler, CSA

Virginia Adler, CSA, formerly Sister Helen Marie, died peacefully at Nazareth
Center November 8, 2014.

Virginia was
born in Waunakee, WI, on July 20, 1936, to Herbert Adler and Loretta
Kessenich.  Her family included three
girls and two boys.  She made her
profession of vows as Sister Helen Marie on August 15, 1957, in the
Congregation of Sisters of St. Agnes. 
She received a BS in Elementary Education from Marian College, Fond du
Lac, WI, an MS in Elementary Education from St. Francis College, Fort Wayne,
IN, and an MA in Religious Studies from Mundelein College, Chicago, IL.  Sister was an elementary teacher for 15 years
in KS, IN, and IL.  She was a Religious
Education Director for 13 years in IN and IL. 
She studied at the Institute of Religious Formation in St. Louis, MO, while
being a part-time Director of Initial Formation for the Sisters of St. Agnes;
she also served as Director of CSA Associates. For two years she directed the
Christian Initiation program at St. Mary’s Parish, Fond du Lac.  She treasured her 14 years in religious
education and parish ministry at St. Joseph Indian Mission in Laguna, NM.  She served as a Local Coordinator for the
retired sisters at Nazareth Court and Center for two years and later continued
to volunteer there with the Sisters as needed.

Virginia was preceded in death by her parents Herbert Adler and Loretta
Kessenich Adler.

Sister is survived
by her sisters Joan (Jack) Stewart and Barb Adler, and her brothers Jim
(Marlene) Adler and Bill (Helen) Adler, and the Sisters of St. Agnes, with whom
she lived, prayed and ministered.

Burial was
at St. Joseph Springs Cemetery on Nov. 8, 2014. 
A Prayer Service will be held at Nazareth Court and Center, 375 Gillett
Street, Fond du Lac, Wisconsin on Nov. 12, 2014 at 10:30 a.m.   

A Memorial
Mass will be celebrated on Nov. 12, 2014 at 1:30 p.m. in St. Francis Home
Chapel, 33 Everett Street, Fond du Lac, Wisconsin.   The presider
will be Father Ken Smits, Capuchin.

Memorials can
be directed to the Sisters of St. Agnes Development Office, 320 County Road K,
Fond du Lac, WI 54937.

The Sisters
of St. Agnes are grateful to the nurses and staff of Nazareth Court and Center,
and also of Hospice Hope, for their care of Sister Virginia. Zacherl Funeral Home
is serving the Sisters of the Congregation of St. Agnes.