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Sister Pauline Brockelsby

Sister Pauline Brockelsby

Sister Pauline Brockelsby died on Friday, July 13, 2018, at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana. She was 79 years old and had been a Sister of Providence for 58 years.

Funeral services for Sister Pauline will take place on Tuesday, July 31, and Wednesday, August 1, at the Church of the Immaculate Conception.

A Wake will take place from 2 to 4:30 p.m., with Vespers at 4:30 p.m., on Tuesday, July 31.

Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 11 a.m., on Wednesday, August 1.

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  1. Ezra Meadors, PA on July 13, 2018 at 9:11 pm

    I did not know S. Pauline, but I did spend an hour with her on an afternoon in November 2016. I had just arrived at St. Mary’s to begin my internship at White Violet. Shelia invited me to her Thanksgiving card making group, and S. Pauline was seated at the same table. She was quiet, but she never stopped smiling as she made her cards. In that hour, I think we were Providence to each other. I helped her with the glue several times, and she just smiled and thanked me. Providence was her smile that afternoon.

  2. Paula Modaff, S.P. on July 14, 2018 at 6:32 pm

    S. Pauline has left me with happy memories of when I was a Minister of Care in the North wing of Mother Theodore Hall. One especially vivid memory is of the joy on her face when she would feed an apple to one of the horses in our fields. She taught me to hold the apple with the flat of my hand so that the horse could easily take it. Her love of a lobster dinner is another memory close to my heart. Thank you for the gift of your life, dear Pauline.

  3. Cathy Campbell, SP on July 20, 2018 at 10:36 am

    Pauline was a sister in “formation” when I arrived as a college student at Saint Mary of the Woods College in Fall 1961. I think she was a second year novice but she could have been a young professed or “junior” sister as we called them at the time. We attended several classes together because we were both journalism majors. She had a wonderful gift of curiosity and enjoyed being with people with whom she could explore new ideas and share a hearty laugh. As a college student, I knew I was not to interact with the young sisters. However, when Pauline welcomed me to each new class with a warm smile, I received it as an invitation to greet her and chat until the class began. That is how our friendship of many years started. I am very grateful that I now have another friend among the heavenly cadre of SPs at home with MTG and our Provident God. I look forward to her welcoming me with her warm smile into eternity at some point in the future. What a gentle, remarkable person!

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