Sister Regina cared for others & brought music to their lives

Sister Regina (Bernice Mary) Le Mere died on Thursday, January 18, 2018. She was born on May 28, 1927, to Louis and Regina (Vervaeren) Le Mere, in the town of Howard, Wisconsin. She attended St. John the Baptist Grade School.

Sister Regina was born into a musical family. Her father as well as her older brother, Leo, and herself played the violin. Her mother played the harmonica. Many pleasant evenings were spent on the porch of the homestead farm house. Her two older brothers were a challenge for her to keep up with but eight years later the family was blessed with another boy and a girl.

Sister entered St. Francis Convent in September of 1942, and was received into the Congregation in August of 1943, where she continued her studies.

Sister Regina served the residents at the McCormick Home for the Elderly as baker, supervisor of food service, housekeeping, and maintenance, activity director and organist. She later served as administrator and assistant administrator of the McCormick Home. Sister also served at Holy Name Retreat Center on Chambers Island in Door County and as a housekeeper for the Sisters at St. John the Baptist Parish in Howard. Sister worked for Home Instead Senior Care and volunteered for Heartland Hospice. Her kindness to the elderly and handicapped was greatly appreciated.

Sister enjoyed making many new rosaries and repairing broken ones. It was important for her to keep up with the news of the day and the world as well as getting together with family and the Sisters. She enjoyed following the Green Bay Packers and the Milwaukee Brewers.

Survivors include the Sisters of St. Francis of the Holy Cross and Associates; her sister, Catherine Bonno, Green Bay; nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends. Sister was preceded in death by her parents, Louis and Regina Le Mere; brothers Leo and his wife Laverne Le Mere; Norman Le Mere; Louis and his wife Eulogia Le Mere; and brothers-in-law Kenneth Blahnik and Ben Bonno.

Her Funeral Mass was celebrated at Holy Cross Church with the Reverend Dean Dombroski as celebrant. Burial was at St. Francis Convent Cemetery.