Sister Philomena Husak, Age 98

West Midwest

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Sister Philomena graduated from Mount Mercy Academy in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, in 1954, and entered the Cedar Rapids Regional Community of the Sisters of Mercy in 1951. She later graduated from Mount Mercy College in 1970 with a bachelor’s degree in English and a minor in education.

Sister Philomena’s first ministry was teaching. From 1955 to 1983, she taught at schools in the following places in Iowa: Waterloo, Elma, Oelwein, Anamosa, Garryowen, Ames and DeWitt. She also taught in Edina, Minnesota.

In 1983, Sister Philomena transitioned from teaching to providing care as a nursing assistant at the Queen of Angels Infirmary until 1985. She then worked in pastoral care from 1985 to 1992 at Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and from 1992 to 1993, she worked as a part-time secretary in radiology.

She studied cosmetology from 1993 to 1995 at the Young School of Beauty and Capri School of Beauty in Cedar Rapids and provided cosmetology services to the Sisters of Mercy until 2012. 

Sister Philomena was known for her kindness and her willingness to care for her family and community. She was a vowed member of the Sisters of Mercy for 69 years.

Sister Mary Jo Baldus said, “Sister Philomena was such an example of responding to our community’s needs. Her ministry took her from teaching to nursing assistant to pastoral care and finally to cosmetology. She really enjoyed fixing the sisters’ hair so all could look their best!”

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