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  1. I first met Sr. Clarice at Marycrest. She was very friendly and kind to me. I looked forwarded each evening hoping that she or Sr. Maura would come to the foot of each of our beds to wish us God’s blessing and a goodnight. We reconnected when I entered our Community.
    May you rest now, Clarice in the loving embrace of our Provident God.
    Diane

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  2. I am saddened by the loss of Sr. Clarice (or Claire as many of her friends called her.) We were together at Canevin and also in Carnegie where we lived. We shared many good times in both places along with some of the Franciscan priests from Canevin. Claire was always smiling with some secret that was God inspired! She was so good and loving. I was also with Claire at LRU! Even though I never told her, Claire was really special to me and will be missed!

    Sr. Carolyn Winschel

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  3. A few years ago I sat with Sr.Clarice at Assembly. Until then I had only seen her
    in chapel or when she sat at the reception desk. She always had that luminous
    smile and exuded a calm peace. As table mates we shared in the discussions
    as partners. In our informal chats Sr. Clarice reflected a sincere love of the
    Community and almost a reverence of it. One day she had the memorial photo
    cards of the deceased Sisters laid out in front of her on the table. There were
    probably two rows of them. She then proceeded to lovingly tell me about
    the good qualities of each Sister. Today I imagine her photo on the table and hope that my memory of her reflects the good life she led as a Sister of
    Divine Providence.

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  4. Sister Clarice and I were cousins. I am only 3 years younger than Sister (Harriet Ann ) as I called her before She became a nun.
    I remember the day she took her final vowels, She had a glow around her that gave me the chills, because I just knew this what God had in mind for my dear cousin. I will miss her terribly. I haven,t been to see her in awhile because I don’t that far anymore but I spoke to her often on the phone.
    God bless you Sister you are in God’s arms and he will help you find your Mother, Grandmother and your older Brother. Rest in peace. I love you, Audrey

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  5. Sister Clarice was a letter writing companion with my mother for many years. She brought joy and smiles “across the miles” with each letter. I’m grateful for her kindness and the blessings she brought to my mom. Rest in God’s love, Clarice.

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  6. Clarice has been my good friend since high school days at Providence Villa. We were stationed at St Anne School in Castle Shannon our first year teaching. Our bedroom had a window, not looking outside, but looking down on the sanctuary of St Anne Church. Before retiring we would open this window and say “goodnight” to Jesus. We were such “holy” sisters then.
    I will miss Clare, but know she will keep all of her sisters close to her and tell our Provident God about us.

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  7. Sister Clarice always made me feel as though I was the nicest person in the world. In reality, she was one of the nicest I have ever met. It takes someone strong and sure of her own worth to make you feel good. When I read the news, all I could say was, “What a sweetheart.” Let us rejoice in her victory and to celebrate her life, let us be kind.

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  8. When I was ministering in Hispanic Ministry in Minnesota, I received a call from Sr. Clarice asking if she could come and spend her vacation with me. Once there, she told me that she did this with sisters who were at a distance so that she would see where they were, how they lived, and what their ministry involved. She seemed to be so grateful for the experience, although it was wonderful for me to have her. May she live on in God’s presence !

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  9. Sister Clarice, my “Pittsburgh classmate,” had a special love for our ministry to refugees, immigrants and asylum seekers at La Posada. Every time I returned to Pittsburgh for a visit, Sister Clarice would always assure me of her prayers and frequently, I would find under my door an envelope containing a few dollars from gifts she had received. Thank you, Clarice, for touching our lives at La Posada with your love, prayers, and generosity. Sister Zita Telkamp–Classmate

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  10. Sr. Clarice was a class ahead of me. When I was a postulant and she a junior novice, we were standing in line waiting for Sr. Aloysius to check our tiny stitches on the capes we were making. If the stitches were too large or uneven, we had to take them out and start over. It was not unusual for us to compare one another’s work. One night I was feeling confident that I had mastered the small stitch; in fact, I was rather full of myself. I commented to Sr. Clarice that my stitches looked better than hers did. In her soft manner, she looked me in the eye and said, “I was going to say that, and it would have been nicer for you to hear it from me.”

    THAT taught me a life’s lesson in a kind and beautiful way that cemented it into my consciousness. So often over the years I remembered it with gratitude.

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  11. Over my years at La Roche (now 40) I have been a colleague of many Sisters of Divine Providence. Few have inspired me the way Sr. Clarice did. One of the virtues of the spiritual life is simplicity, and Sr. Clarice lived it to the end of her days. Sh had a smile that could melt butter. Sweetness and gentleness oozed from her, but that did not mean that she was not a strict taskmistress in the classroom. Her work with some of our most challenged students was remarkable. I know because I also taught them, and I knew the rewards of her labor. Students graduated because she helped them as first-year students to pass a math course–or a series of other courses over their years at La Roche.
    I never met Clarice in the hall or the chapel that she didn’t give me a warm smile. It was never about her, always about others. She reminded me in many ways of Mother Marie de la Roche, whose quiet life of service to others, despite the hardships in her life, always remained true to the promises she had made at her profession. The world is a little darker today because she is gone from it. I am sorry for her loss, but she will not be forgotten.

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    1. I know exactly what you mean, Sr. Rita. I remember being struck by her sweet and giving nature when I first met Sr. Clarice (it had to be back when I first began working as a tutor at La Roche as a student, or perhaps shortly after when I started as an adjunct). She had a wealth of patience with students and that is something I too admired about her. I am grateful for her example as a teacher. May she rest in peace

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  12. Sister Clarice was always such a kind and caring presence to me in my ministry at Providence Heights. I appreciated her ministry with me in the bell choir and will treasure her personal note that was in every Christmas card. May God enfold you in a loving embrace!

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