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Four positive tests of COVID-19 at Greenfield convent, including one death

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Posted at 7:19 PM, Apr 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-10 08:09:03-04

Four sisters of the School Sisters of St. Francis living at Our Lady of the Angels Convent in Greenfield have tested positive for COVID-19. One sister has also died from the virus.

The medical examiner says Sister Marie June Skender died April 7. The convent's administrator says the medical examiner then contacted them that she tested positive for COVID-19 in a post mortem test.

"Our Lady of the Angels has been working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, the Milwaukee County Health Department, infection control specialists, and the Greenfield Health Department for months to protect our sisters and staff against COVID-19," said Jane Morgan, Administrator for Our Lady of the Angels in Greenfield.

Administrators say they are also working closely with the leadership of the School Sisters of St. Francis and the School Sisters of Notre Dame to keep them informed.

"We pray for the recovery of the affected sisters and the health of all of our residents and staff," said Morgan.

Sister Marie June, 83, was born in Milwaukee and was a member of the School Sisters of St. Francis for 67 years. She has been a resident of Our Lady of the Angels Convent since 2016.

A graduate of Alverno College, Sister Marie June served as an elementary school teacher, parish and school musician, and pastoral care minister in the diocese of Green Bay and the archdioceses of Chicago, Minneapolis-St. Paul, and Milwaukee.

A private funeral has been scheduled for April 16. A memorial Mass will be held in St. Joseph Chapel in Milwaukee for sisters, family members, and friends of Sister Marie June after the danger of COVID-19 has passed, and the Archdiocese of Milwaukee once again permits public celebrations of the Eucharist.

Our Lady of the Angels is a co-sponsored ministry of the School Sisters of St. Francis and the School Sisters of Notre Dame. It is a state-of-the-art home for retired sisters of both communities and offers specialized memory care.

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