January 29, 1939 – August 13, 2021

    

    

Visitation (Public)

Tuesday, August 17, 2021
4:00 – 7:00 PM CDT
Our Lady of the Angels Chapel
26W171 Roosevelt Road
Wheaton, Illinois 60187
Entrance #7

*You must be vaccinated and wear a mask to enter the building

Memory Service & Funeral Mass

Wednesday, August 18, 2021
Memory Service starts at 9:30 AM CDT
followed by Funeral Mass at 10:30 AM CDT
via Livestream 

Burial – All are welcome!

Wednesday, August 18, 2021
12:00 PM CDT
Assumption Cemetery
1S510 Winfield Road
Wheaton, IL  60189

  

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Obituary:

Alice Coletta Reckamp was born to Margaret (Burkemper) and Claude Reckamp on January 29, 1939, in Evanston, IL. She was baptized into Christ at St. Mary’s Church in Buffalo Grove, IL, on February 12, 1939. She was one of the thirteen children born of this love. Alice grew in age and wisdom and the hearing of her mother’s stories of her aunt, Sister Marcella, who was a Wheaton Franciscan Sister. These stories attracted Alice to join the Wheaton Franciscan Sisters in 1955. She professed her final vows as a Wheaton Franciscan Sister in 1963.

Alice was educated at St. Francis High School in Wheaton, IL, Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI, Manhattanville College, NY, and Hospital Ofir Lyola, Brazil. These experiences prepared her for the 44 years of ministry as a medical technologist in Brazil where she taught and trained young women to do this work. She also worked with the Aspirants in the formation of the Brazil Region. She taught the Aspirants how to live together in Community, to cook, to bake, and many other things related to everyday life. Her tender heart’s needs and age called her back to Wheaton in 2016.

Alice spent her last years of living, loving, praying, and serving at Our Lady of the Angels in Wheaton. After her return from Brazil, she and Sr. Martha served as sacristans in Our Lady of the Angels Chapel. Alice dealt with several weakening physical issues, all accompanied by her loving smile, her dancing eyes, and all her inner and prayerful being. These loving gifts to us, her community, were shown through her deep inner and prayerful being Sister among us. We are grateful.

“Gentle Woman, Holy Sister, Wise Lover, You Are in Peace!”

  

a young Sr. Alice

Sr. Alice at Jubilee in 2005

Sr. Alice showing off some fresh fruit on the sisters’ fruit trees at the motherhouse in Santarem, Brazil.

From left: Srs. Maureen, Alice, and Martha in Brazil

Sr. Alice in the lab at the maternity hospital the sisters ran in Santarem, 1984

Sr. Alice with family.

Sr. Alice at family baptism.

Sr. Alice with one of the new postulants in Brazil.

Sr. Alice feeding the chickens at the motherhouse in Brazil.

Martha and Alice — in Brazil

Sr. Alice in Brazil with a child.

At a gathering which we honored our Sisters who served in Brazil. 

Sr. Alice on right, with Sr. Mary Lou and Sr. Magdalena.

 

 

In the Book of Life, Sr. Alice wrote the following under “Share a Highlight of your Story”,  “When I was first told that I’d be going to Marquette University to study medical technology, I didn’t even know what a medical technologist was.” When asked how she would like to be remembered, Sr. Alice wrote: “As a prayerful Sister.”