Sister Joanne Di Iulio, CHM, dies at 92; taught at Alleman H.S. for three decades

Sister Joanne Di Iulio, CHM

DAVENPORT, Iowa — Sister Joanne Di Iulio, CHM, a longtime teacher at Alleman High School in Rock Island, died Dec. 8, 2018, at Bishop Drumm Retirement Center in Johnston, Iowa. She was 92.

Visitation is planned for Friday, Dec. 14, at the Humility of Mary Center in Davenport, beginning with a rosary at 4 p.m. and ending with a wake service at 7 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated there on Saturday, Dec. 15, at 11 a.m.

Interment will follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery, also in Davenport.

Born in Silvis on March 3, 1926, Joanne Angeline Di Iulio was the daughter of Loreto and Maria (Branchetti) Di Iulio. She entered the Congregation of the Humility of Mary in 1948 and professed vows in 1951.

Sister Joanne received a bachelor’s degree from Marycrest College, Davenport, and a master’s degree in Spanish from Saint Louis University, St. Louis. She did post-graduate work at George Peabody College in Nashville, Tennessee.

A longtime educator, Sister Joanne ministered for 45 years in Illinois, Iowa and Montana. In the Diocese of Peoria, she taught Spanish at Alleman High School, Rock Island, from 1971 to 1996, and then served as a substitute teacher there from 1996 to 2002. In 1992, she chaperoned Illinois students who attended the International Youth Congress with St. John Paul II.

Her ministry in the Quad Cities also included volunteering in the English as a Second Language Life Program at Black Hawk Community College in Moline, from 2002 to 2005.

She lived with her aging mother in Rock Island for several years before retiring to the Humility of Mary Center in 2005, and then to Bishop Drumm in 2011.

Preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Domenico; and an infant sister, Anna, Sister Joanne is survived by her sister-in-law, Joan Di Iulio; five nephews; and the Sisters and Associates of the Congregation of the Humility of Mary.

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