Locating and Visiting the Grave of Sister M. Julitta

Earlier, in a series of six posts, I detailed the life of a great-aunt, Mary Catherine Naescher, who joined the Franciscan Nuns of Perpetual Adoration in Lacrosse, Wisconsin, and took the name Sister Mary Julitta. Records show she is buried at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Carroll, Iowa. Sometimes genealogy discoveries come slowly and this one was made only recently. So a nice day in May was the occasion for our visiting her grave.

The location of her burial was given in her obituary as Mount Olivet Cemetery. But locating it in a good-sized cemetery was going to be a challenge. (I have long ago abandoned the practice of walking anything but a very small cemetery “hoping” to find a desired grave.) So the plan was on to locate it as efficiently.

According to the publication Carroll County Iowa Cemeteries (available at the Iowa Genealogical Society Library), her burial site was in the designated area two, row 8, grave 14. Using the map included and comparing it with one on Google Maps, I could make a calculated guess for the location. Also, correspondence with convent archivist said it should be in the southwest area of the cemetery.

We knew by the cemetery listing there were other nuns from her convent buried there. I reasoned the stone markers would be fairly simple and uniform. This photo shows the Franciscan area of graves:

The earliest of the Franciscan nuns markers in this section was dated 1881 and the latest was 1966.

Sister Julitta’s marker has only her professed name Julitta and the dates 1881-1937.

The top of the stone is engraved with Sister M.

Marker located in the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration section.

Although I never knew my great-aunt, having read her autobiography and located her grave site has added a chapter to my family history of this relative for whom my mother was named.


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