Four More Sisters Celebrate Jubilees
September 10, 2020
Four more women who served in the Rockford Diocese are celebrating jubilees this year.
 
Sister Myra Lambert, SSCM — 60 years
 
The Servants of the Holy Heart of Mary designated the week of July 26 to celebrate Sister Myra Lambert, a 60-year jubilarian with the congregation. 
 
Born Iris Mae in Beaverton, she made her first vows Aug. 22, 1960. She taught in Minnesota and Illinois for several years and helped found a Catholic parish in Ford City in the 1970s. 
 
In the 1980s, she earned a master’s in Applied Spirituality at the University of San Francisco and served as vocation director while living in Chicago and St. Charles. She was also the president and CEO of St. Anne Center in Rockford.
 
Sister Myra moved to the Holy Heart of Mary Community in Batavia in 1993, where she still resides. She is chair of several committees, offers spiritual direction to several people each month and serves on the Provincial Council. 
 
She recently completed a two-year course at Oblate School of Theology and is director of Delaplace Ministry, Servant Companion and Consecrated Laity programs of the SSCM. 
 
Sister Rosalia Bauer, FSPA — 70 years
 
Sister Rosalia Bauer (Ritalina) celebrates 70 years with the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration in 2020.
 
Born in Wisconsin, from a young age she wanted to become a nurse. She entered St. Rose Convent in LaCrosse, Wis., in 1947 and made her first vows on Aug. 9, 1950. 
 
She was assigned to St. Anthony School of Nursing in Carroll, Iowa, earned RN and MN designations and became a family nurse practitioner. She served in nine states and in Camp Khao I Dang, Thailand, as more than 250,000 refugees were escaping from Cambodia.
 
She has been active since January 1993 in Pro-Life Wisconsin, serving with people from parishes in South Beloit, as well as in Beloit and Janesville, Wis., in prolife efforts from 1994 to 2013. Currently she volunteers with the La Crosse Life League.
 
An FSPA jubilee celebration will be held in 2021. 
 
Sister Patricia Ostdick, SSND — 70 years
 
Sister Patricia Ostdick, SSND, formerly Sister Mary Benedict, celebrates 70 years as a School Sister of Notre Dame in 2020. She is a native of Belvidere who also served in the Rockford Diocese.
 
She earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Mt. Mary in Milwaukee, 1967, and a masters in pastoral studies from Loyola University of Chicago.
 
In the Rockford Diocese, she served as a primary grade school teacher at St. Anne School, Amboy; and as an intermediate teacher at St. Mary School, Sycamore; and St. James School, Belvidere. Sister Patricia served as a secondary teacher at Notre Dame High School in DeKalb.
 
She also taught in West Allis, Wis.; and several schools in Chicago.
 
Sister Patricia was a local leader (superior) at St. Michael, Chicago, and taught at the college level at the College (now University) of Notre Dame of Maryland in Baltimore; was on staff at St. Benedict in Chicago, and was coordinator of SSND residents at St. Joseph’s Home for the Aged, Chicago.
 
She retired in 2004.
 
Sister Marlene Panko, SSND — 60 years
 
Sister Marlene Panko, SSND, formerly Sister John Rochelle, celebrates 60 years as a School Sister of Notre Dame in 2020.
 
She holds a bachelor’s degree in social studies from Mt. Mary, a master’s of education in child development from Xavier University, and she was certified as a chaplain and in spiritual direction, and Spirituality and Worship.
 
Sister Marlene’s service included some years in the Diocese of Rockford at St. Mary School in Galena and St. Mary School in DeKalb.
 
She also served as pastoral associate at St. Patrick Parish, Dixon.
 
She taught primary grades at Corpus Christi, Milwaukee.
 
She served as director of religious education and as an elementary teacher at St. Constance School in Chicago and St. Joseph School in Marseilles; as secondary grade teacher at St. Mary School, Annapolis, Md.
 
Sister Marlene also served as Director of Initial Formation for SSND postulants at St. Alphonsus Ligouri, Mt. Prospect, as Vicar for Religious in the Diocese of LaCrosse, Wis., as Provincial Leader of the SSND Chicago Province, and as Hospital Chaplain at St. John’s Regional Med Center in California; St. Mary Hospital in Grand Junction, Colo.; at Holy Family Hospital in Des Plaines; and at Alma Via, Camarillo, Calif.
 
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