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Fourth nun dies of COVID-19 complications at Greenfield convent

Sister Annelda Holtkamp was 102 years old.
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Posted at 2:54 PM, Apr 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-23 21:55:00-04

GREENFIELD, Wis. -- A fourth death has been reported at a Greenfield convent where nuns have tested positive for COVID-19.

Sister Annelda Holtkamp passed away on April 19, according to an online obituary. She was 102 years old. The medical examiner says she tested positive for COVID-19 in a post mortem test.

Sister Annelda was born in St. Paul, Iowa, and was a member of the School Sisters of St. Francis for 77 years. She is "survived by her sister Renelda Pieper of Houghton, IA and the School Sisters of St. Francis Community with whom she shared life for 77 years," the obituary says.

The School Sisters of St. Francis says she served as a homemaker at convents in Wisconsin, Illinois, and Nebraska, including 33 years at St. Joseph High School convent in Kenosha, from 1959 to 1992. Sister Holtkamp continued to work at St. Mary Convent in Chilton, Wisconsin, until she retired in 2005 at age 87. She was a resident of Our Lady of the Angels since the convent opened in 2011.

  • A private mass of burial will be held Friday, April 24. In lieu of flowers, the obituary says contributions to the School Sisters of St. Francis are appreciated.

Three other nuns at the same convent have also died from complications related to COVID-19. Sister Mary Regine Collins died on April 6, Sister Marie June Skender died on April 7, and Sister Mary Francele Sherburne died on April 9.

The School Sisters of St. Francis and the School Sisters of Notre Dame both live at the Our Lady of the Angels convent in Greenfield.

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