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Former St. Ann School teacher Sr. M. Angelus Caron dies at 101

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Sister of Loretto M. Angelus Caron, who taught at St. Ann School in Arlington from 1952 to 1964, died April 3 at the Loretto Motherhouse Infirmary in Nerinx, Ky. She was 101 and would have celebrated the 82nd anniversary of her commitment as a Sister of Loretto at the Foot of the Cross later this month.

The funeral Mass was offered April 7 at the Church of the Seven Dolors on the grounds of Loretto Motherhouse in Nerinx, Ky.

She was born June 27, 1916, in Stockton, Kan., and was baptized Blanche Louise Caron, the second of six children of Nettie and Frank Patrick Caron. Three of Sister Angelus’ siblings also made religious commitments. Her older sister Aldea became Loretto Sister Margaret Francis, resuming her baptismal name, Aldea, in later years. Blanche followed Aldea to Loretto. The fourth of the Caron sisters, Eleanor, joined the Little Sisters of the Poor as Sister Winifred. The youngest sister, Clarabell, became a Loretto co-member in 1983.

Sister Angelus entered the Sisters of Loretto in October 1935 from the Shrine of St. Anne in Arvada, Colo. She was received into the novitiate April 25, 1936, made her first vows April 25, 1938, and her final vows Aug. 15, 1941.

Sister Angelus earned a bachelor’s degree in education, with minors in home economics and philosophy, from Loretto Heights College in Denver in 1951, and a master’s degree in special education from the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley in 1972.

At the end of her novitiate, she taught second grade at St. Mary’s School in Colorado Springs (1938-1943). She taught in Flagstaff, Ariz., for a year before being sent to California to teach (1944-46).

In 1952, Sister Angelus moved to Arlington, where she taught at St. Ann School for 12 years until 1964. She then taught at a parochial school in Florissant, Mo., for four years.

In 1968, she returned to Colorado to teach at All Souls School in Englewood until 1970, when she began teaching at Havern School in Littleton. She continued to teach and tutor at Havern School for 22 years before retiring to El Paso, Texas in 1992. There, she took up tutoring at Loretto Academy Grade School for five years, followed by eight years contributing in many ways to the comforts of El Convento Retreat Center and Nazareth Hall Retirement Center. In 2005, Sister Angelus made her final move to Loretto Motherhouse.

Sister Angelus’ body was cremated and her ashes buried in Loretto Motherhouse Cemetery. She was preceded in death by her parents and her siblings Aldea, Ruth, Eleanor, Frank and Clarabell. 

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