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Lois Garrett, Christiana, TN: “Thank you for the memories”

This Rooted for Tomorrow story was contributed by Lois Garrett, Christiana, TN, for the 175th anniversary of the Sisters of Providence arriving in Indiana.

Oh my gosh! I got so excited when I opened my new calendar from you. There on the first month is my first grade teacher, Sister Cyril. She didn’t change all through the years. What a precious lady. I had her in 1944-45 and one of my five brothers had her in 1954-55.

Our family visited the Woods every summer for years to see her and others of our teachers from St. Joan of Arc, Indianapolis. Mom packed a picnic lunch and we were eight or ten strong, whoever was available to come. I had many favorite teachers in grade school, but two we saw every year were Sister Emily Marie and Sister Joseph Marie.

Sister Cyril spent wonderful visits at Mom and Dad Weinkauf’s home when permission was granted to do so. She slept in my room which I had vacated years earlier.

Thank you for the calendar and the memories.

P.S. Two of my classmates were Sister Mary Morley and Sister Kathleen Desautels.

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