In Memoriam:

Sister Janita Curoe, BVM, 87, died February 10, at Marian Hall in Dubuque, Iowa. Burial was in Mount Carmel cemetery, Dubuque. In the Diocese of Jackson, Sister Curoe served as principal at Clarksdale Immaculate Conception School and at Jackson Christ the King School. She also served as Madison County literacy coordinator and as volunteer and early intervention specialist tutor, all in Canton. She taught elementary school and/or was principal in Davenport, Iowa; Chicago and Chattanooga, Tenn.
Sister Curoe was born in Bernard, Iowa, on March 28, 1929. She entered the BVM congregation on Sept. 8, 1946, from Sacred Heart Parish, Fillmore, Iowa. She professed first vows on March 19, 1949, and final vows on Aug. 15, 1954. Memorials may be given to the Sisters of Charity, BVM Support Fund, 1100 Carmel Drive, Dubuque, Iowa 52003, or online at

Doris Lucille “Lucy” Goldsmith, a consecrated member of Pax Christi Franciscans, died February 11, in Yazoo City. Lucy was born in Yazoo City January 1, 1937. She moved to Greenwood in 1959 to work at St. Francis Center. She made her consecration to God through vows of poverty, chastity and obedience in 1962. After working at three centers staffed by PCF in Greenwood, Clarksdale and Meridian, Lucy moved to Jackson. There, she became a registered nurse and worked in several health facilities during her nursing career. Later, she returned to Yazoo City to care for her mother and continued her nursing career until she retired in 1998.

Sister Virginia Marasco, RSM, died February 10, at the age of 90. As an educator and administrator, Sister Virginia ministered to children throughout the state of Mississippi, serving in Biloxi, Bay St. Louis, Gulfport, Jackson and Greenville, as well as in New Orleans, Louisiana, and St. Louis, Missouri. She also served on the staff at Mercy Junior College in St. Louis as an instructor of English and speech, guiding and directing the educational formation of many future Sisters of Mercy. In addition, she served as coordinator for the Mercy Associate Program. for the St. Louis Province. Her former students fondly remember her as being ahead of her time in all things educational. She created a wonderful atmosphere of learning and compassion. Sister Virginia retired from education in her hometown of Hattiesburg, in 2001, but continued to minister to those around her, particularly elderly women and children. And she continued to reach out to those who were sick and shut in through her telephone ministry after she moved to Convent of Mercy in Mobile, Alabama, in January 2015.