Sr. Georgia Ann, BVM, dies; born, served in Quad Cities

DUBUQUE, Iowa — There was a funeral Mass on Wednesday, June 24, in the motherhouse chapel of the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary for Sister Georgia Ann (Georgelle) Lange, BVM, a native of Moline who served in the Quad Cities for more than 20 years.

Sister Georgia Ann, 79, died on June 21, 2009, at Marian Hall in Dubuque. She was buried in Mount Carmel Cemetery.

The daughter of George Lange and IdaMae (Einfeldt) Lange Carstens, she was born on Nov. 3, 1929, in Moline. A 1948 graduate of St. Joseph’s High School in Rock Island, Sister Georgia Ann entered the BVM congregation from St. Joseph’s Parish the following September. She professed her first vows on March 19, 1951, and her final vows on Aug. 15, 1956.

Sister Georgia Ann was an educator in California, Tennessee, Washington and Illinois, including the Diocese of Peoria. In addition to teaching at St. Joseph’s School in Rock Island from 1963 to 1965, she was a teacher and director of religious education (DRE) at Sacred Heart Parish in Rock Island from 1967 to 1977, DRE in the Rock Island/Milan Cooperative Ministry from 1977 to 1981, and religious education coordinator at St. Anne’s Parish in East Moline from 1981 to 1983.

Sister Georgia Ann was preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Virginia Baker Parker; and her brother, Louis Carstens. She is survived by her BVM Sisters, with whom she shared her life for six decades.

Memorials may be given to the Sisters of Charity BVM Retirement Fund, 1100 Mount Carmel Drive, Dubuque, IA 52003.

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