Sister Isidore Gonzales, O.S.B.
October 18, 1921 – December 9, 2006
Sister Isidore Gonzales, 85, a Benedictine Sister of Mount St. Scholastica, died Saturday, Dec. 9, 2006, at Mount St. Scholastica, Atchison, Kans. The vigil for Sister Isidore and for Sister Helena Niederbauer will be Monday, Dec. 11 at 7 pm in the monastery chapel and the Mass of Resurrection will be offered there for both Sisters Tuesday, Dec. 12 at 10:30 am.
Sister Isidore, born in La Jara, Colo., was the oldest of thirteen children of Jose Guadalupe and Elifonsita Maez Gonzales. She was a member of St. Joseph parish, Capulin, Colo., until she entered Mount St. Scholastica in 1946. Sister Isidore made monastic profession in 1947. She received a Bachelor of Science degree from Mount St. Scholastica College, Atchison, Kans., and taught first grade in community schools in Denver and Pueblo, Colo., in Beatrice and Omaha, Nebr.; and in Guardian Angels, Kansas City, Mo., for thirteen years. When she recovered from back surgery, she began a twenty-five year career of childcare and later, care for the elderly in the Kansas City area. Sister Isidore developed an appreciation for all of creation, including the series of pets who were her companions during those years. For the last six years, she has been a resident of Dooley Center, the health care center of the Benedictine Sisters.
Sister Isidore is survived by her sisters Mrs. Louise Serna, Mrs. Genevieve Fuller, Phoenix, AZ; Mrs. Helen (Louis) Fusilier, Rifle, Colo.; and Isidora (Albert) Fusilier, Lake Charles, La; by her brothers Pete (Elsie) Denver, Colo; and George (Stella) Woodlawn, Tenn; and by her monastic family.
Let us remember her gratefully in our prayers.
S. Isidore's memorial card:
“We know that all things work for good
for those who love God,
who are called according to his purpose.”
A unique stewardship of creation marked the life of Sister Isidore Gonzales: she had a special care for children, for the sick and the aged, and for the pets that accompanied her life’s journey. She was the oldest of the thirteen children of Jose Guadalupe and Elifonsita Maez Gonzales of Capulin, Colo. She entered the Mount St. Scholastica community in 1946 and made profession in 1947. Her early assignments were to teach first grade children in Colorado, Nebraska, Missouri, and Kansas City, and she loved the little ones. Poor health intervened, and after recovery from back surgery, she assisted part-time in the monastery infirmary and part-time at St. Joseph, Atchison, primary school. For some years, she was a “special project” person for the prioress and was companion to the dying. In 1975 Sister Isidore began child care service and then care of the sick and elderly in their homes, a ministry of some twenty-five years. During this time, her little dogs (Missy was a longtime favorite) cheered her and became part of her life away from home. The psalms that praised the wonderful variety of God’s creation spoke her thoughts. She liked to sew and to visit with her sisters until she became unable to do so. Sister Isidore became an example of that “hidden life” known only to God. Let us remember her lovingly in our prayer.