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Obituary - December 2017

The Northern Cross - December 2017

Sister Laurice Heybl, FSPA

Franciscan Sister of Perpetual Adoration Sister Laurice Heybl, 87, died on Monday, Nov. 6, at Villa St. Joseph, La Crosse, Wisconsin. She was in the 61st year of her religious profession.

Sister Laurice started her ministry teaching in elementary and middle schools in Carroll, Iowa (Holy Spirit and Sts. Peter and Paul), Wisconsin (Marathon, La Crosse [St. James], Superior, Loyal, Eau Claire [Immaculate Conception]), and Blackfoot, Idaho. She earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education with a minor in art from Viterbo College (University) and a master’s degree in art from the University of Wisconsin-Superior. After earning a master of arts in pastoral ministry from Seattle University, she moved into youth ministry for the Duluth Diocese from 1975 to 1986. She then ministered in Palo Alto, California, from 1989 to 1996 as a pastoral planning coordinator at St. Thomas Aquinas Parish. She returned to La Crosse, where she served as vocation director for the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration until 2003. After that, Sister Laurice provided creativity workshops for FSPA and for the Franciscan Spirituality Center until this past year. Due to failing health in 2017, she moved to Villa St. Joseph just outside La Crosse.

Sister Laurice is remembered as always being full of life, love, and creativity. Her passion for working with the young kept her young at heart. Her artistic creativity touched many throughout her formal and informal ministry. One could always count on Sister Laurice to be present to celebrate any occasion, big or small. She loved making pottery, drinking a good glass of wine, and connecting with her loved ones, especially her family. Her fierce love of life showed in everything that she did.

Sister Laurice is survived by her religious community and many nieces, nephews, and grandnieces and grandnephews. She is preceded in death by her parents and her brother Jacob Jr. (Jack) and her sisters, Betty Howe,Cecilia Pazdernik, and Audrey Reetz.

Mass of Christian Burial was held Friday, Nov. 10 in the chapel. Burial was at in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, La Crosse. Memorials may be sent to Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration, 912 Market St., La Crosse, WI, 54601-4782.