Sister M. Corita Lagerbloom, OSF, dies; funeral Thursday

EAST PEORIA — Sister M. Corita Lagerbloom, OSF, died on Easter Sunday, April 8, at the motherhouse of The Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis. She was 93.

Visitation is planned for Wednesday, April 11, at 7 p.m. at the motherhouse, 1175 St. Francis Lane. A funeral Mass will be celebrated the following day at 10 a.m. in the motherhouse chapel, with burial following in the community’s Mater Dolorosa Cemetery.

The daughter of Arthur and Elizabeth (Guyett) Lagerbloom, Sister Corita was born on March 1, 1919, in Merrill, Wis. She entered consecrated life on Sept. 8, 1935, in Peoria.

Sister Corita served in surgical nursing at OSF St. Mary Medical Center in Galesburg (1940-41), and was a nursing supervisor at OSF St. James-John W. Albrecht Medical Center in Pontiac (1950-52) and OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria (1955-56). She also was a nursing instructor at Saint Francis School of Nursing in Peoria (1943-50), and a clinic instructor (1961-65) and an instructor of psychiatric nursing at OSF Saint Francis (1977-79).

She was director of novices for her religious community from 1956 to 1959.

From 1968 to 1984, Sister Corita helped to bring medical care to the mountain communities of Ecuador, as well as the South American country’s impoverished coastal area. She established a clinic in the Diocese of Ambato specifically for the Indian people and a health center in Guayaquil, where hundreds of patients were treated every day.

When she returned to Peoria, Sister Corita served in the pastoral care department of OSF Saint Francis until her retirement in 1999.

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