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Sister Isabel Lehmenkuler, OSU

Sister Isabel served in several ministries. The first was education for 35 years, then as a hospital chaplain in Columbia, South Carolina, then made history when she became the first female chaplain of that city’s police department. Ginny Schaeffer, the director of the Angela Merici Center for Spirituality, wrote the following in the reflections read by Sister Janet Marie Peterworth, president of the Ursuline Sisters, at Sister Isabel’s funeral service. “One of the gifts that Sister Isabel brought to almost every situation . . . was her wonderfully wicked, dry wit.” Ginny also noted, “Another…[was] her authenticity. She was the epitome of the cliché, ‘What you see is what you get.’”
Submitted by Kathy Williams, LOUISVILLE