A sixth nun has died from coronavirus complications at Our Lady of the Angels convent in Greenfield.
94-year-old Sister Jospehine Seier died on Friday, according to the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner's Office. A test conducted after her death revealed that she was positive for the novel coronavirus.
A spokesperson for the School Sisters of St. Francis said that Sister Josephine had been with the organization for 79 years, serving as a homemaker at convents in Wisconsin, Illinois and Iowa. She was in her current position since 2012.
The convent specializes in memory care for as many as 50 retired nuns from the School Sisters of St. Francis and the School Sisters of Notre Dame.
Jane Morgan, administrator of Our Lady of Angles Convent said that
"For many weeks, Our Lady of the Angels has been working with the Centers for Disease Control, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, the Milwaukee 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 at Our Lady of Angles convent.
A spokesperson said that all sisters were tested within the past six days but couldn't reveal how many have tested positive.
Complications of the virus killed Sister Mary Regine Collins, 95, on April 6th and Sister Marie June Skender, 83, the next day. Both spent many years of their lives teaching in Catholic schools throughout Wisconsin and the Midwest.
The virus took the life of Sister Mary Francele Sherburne, 99, on April 9th. She spent several decades as a professor at Mount Mary University.
Sister Annelda Holtcamp died on April 19. She was 102. Her funeral was live streamed from St. Joseph's Chapel on April 24. She was also a homemaker at several convents, including St. Joseph's High School Convent in Kenosha for 33 years.
Sister Bernadette Kelter, 88, died on April 26. She taught at several Archdiocese of Milwaukee schools and served as a home health aide until she retired.
All of them took their vows at least 60 years ago, spending their lives serving others and living out their faith.
Sister Josephine Seier's funeral will be live streamed Wednesday. You can post prayers or messages of support on the School Sisters of St. Francis Facebook page.