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Sister Bernetta Quinn

Died: Monday, March 24, 2003
Age: 87
Sister Bernetta Quinn, 87, a Franciscan Sister of the Congregation of Our Lady of Lourdes, Rochester, Minn., who served as an author and educator, died Feb. 24, 2003, at Assisi Heights.

Born Roselyn Viola Quinn Sept. 19, 1915, in Lake Geneva, Sister Bernetta graduated from Lake Geneva High School and entered the Franciscan Congregation in 1934 from St. Francis de Sales Parish, Lake Geneva. She made her profession of vows in 1937 and began teaching at St. Priscilla Parish, Chicago.

She taught in Winona and Austin, Minn. She earned a master's degree in English from the Catholic University in 1944 and in 1952 a doctorate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She taught English at many colleges, including Norfolk State, St. Andrew's Presbyterian College in North Carolina, and University of Sacred Heart, Tokyo, Japan. She also taught at the College of Saint Teresa, Winona, from 1954-67. She also studied abroad, did research in Ireland, wrote hundreds of poems, published six books, and wrote many reviews of famous authors, including Ezra Pound. She retired to Assisi Heights in 1983 and celebrated her diamond jubilee in 1997.

There are no immediate survivors.

Funeral services were held Thursday, Feb. 27, at Chapel of Our Lady of Lourdes, Assisi Heights. Burial was in Calvary Cemetery.

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