Janice Ann Tomlonovic
Janice Ann Tomlonovic died at Alta Bates Hospital in Berkeley, Calif., on April 22, 2013, after suffering a massive cerebellum hemorrhage and stroke. Janice was born at Skiff Hospital in Newton in 1938 and grew up on the family farm near Colfax.
She attended Jasper County elementary schools, Colfax Community Junior High School and graduated from Colfax Community High School in 1956. She earned a BA in home economics/education from Marycrest College in Davenport in 1960 and an MS in Education from Iowa State University in 1974. She taught home economics in Delmar-Elwood school district for one year. In September 1961, she entered the Congregation of the Sisters of Humility at the motherhouse in Ottumwa to respond to the call of the Holy Spirit to serve God alone. She was received into the congregation in July 1962 as Sister Maura, pronounced first vows in 1964 and final vows as Sister Janice in 1969. From 1965-1975 she served as food service director and/or taught at: St. Joseph Hospital, Ottumwa Heights College, Ottumwa; St Albert the Great High School, Council Bluffs; Marycrest College and Assumption High School, Davenport.
Janice continued her spirituality development in 1975-76 during a yearlong program at Gonzaga University and the Institute for Contemporary Spirituality at Immaculate Heart Retreat House, both in Spokane, Wash. She helped establish the Humility House of Prayer in Davenport and then became Associate Director/Team Member of the ecumenical Emmanuel House of Prayer in Iowa City (1978-1982).
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