February 14, 1930 – December 2, 2020



Memorial Mass

Thursday, December 10. 2020
Service Begins at 10:00 AM
via Livestream


Assumption Cemetery
Winfield, Illinois


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On December 2, 2020 Sister Mary Patrick Salm breathed her fullness into the abundant love of her life: God. She walked Earth for 90 years with the goodness who she knew as Trinity: One who is Love, Beloved and Lover. And thus she grew in wisdom, grace, service, humor, simplicity and mysticism as our “Sister” Pat!

She was destined to be a lover, for she was born on Valentine’s Day, February 14, 1930, in Chilton, Wisconsin. Her parents, Emma and George Salm, named her Alice Katherine. As she grew in life and Wisdom she chose, at the age of 20, to join her heartfulness with the Franciscan Sisters, Daughters of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary – the community in the USA known as the Wheaton Franciscans. Among these sisters she professed her heart to God
with final vows in May, 1956.

Sr. Mary Pat lived and served in Wisconsin hospitals of the Wheaton Franciscans until 1979 when she was called by the Wheaton Franciscan Leadership to be a nursing assistant among her sisters in community at Our Lady of the Angels Motherhouse, Wheaton, IL. She accepted this call because she felt rooted in the scripture of Romans 12: 12-16:

“Be glad for all that God is planning for you. Be patient in troubles and prayerful always. When God’s children are in need, you be the one to help them out. When others are happy, you be happy with them. If they are sad, share their sorrows… enjoy the company of ordinary folk…”

Sr. Mary Patrick lived, loved and grew wise and beloved as she grew into being a mystical woman who enjoyed time with her God, serving others and telling stories, all with a twinkle in her eye and in and with laughter. She was a living Valentine! She wrote that she hoped to be remembered as a happy one who leaves an afterglow of smiles and an echo whispering, “I love you!”

It is so, Beloved Sister! Thank You!


Sr. Mary Pat gave this picture to the archives with the following note, “I don’t know the year. Cute, isn’t it?”

Serving with Sr. Julie Walsh at the Interfaith Food Pantry at St. Mark’s Catholic Church in Carol Stream, early 2000s.

Sr. Mary Pat celebrating her Jubilee with her sister in 2015. This is the sister who proceeded her in death.

1996 at PADS Homeless Shelter with Sr. Timothy Sharenborg, CC Joan Goblet, CC Carol Simler, and Sr. Mary Patrick Salm. It was said that the number of guests would swell when these women served lunch with comments like, “This tastes like grandma’s cooking”, or “it’s like Mom’s potato salad.”.


With Sr. Jackie Drazen at Marian Health Center in the motherhouse at Wheaton. Sr. Mary Pat worked there for 20 years, lovingly attending our infirmed elderly sisters, retiring in 2000.

Sr. Mary Pat as a young sister, year unknown.

With friends for lunch, probably in Appleton, WI.

Sr. Mary Pat in 1948, working at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Appleton, WI, prior to entering. Getting to know and love the Sisters at Appleton developed Sr. Mary Patrick’s vocation. She worked at St. E’s for many years.

1981, Sr. Mary Patrick attending Sr. Concordia Kessler at the Marian Health Center in the motherhouse in Wheaton. Sr. Mary Pat shares this as a highlight of her story in the Book of Life, “In September 1979, Sister Ursula called me at St. Elizabeth Hospital, while I was at work in the Out-patient Admitting Office asking me if I would like to work as a Nurses’ Assistant in Marian Health Center with our Sisters. I was delighted because since my Mom passed away earlier that year, I felt I was being called to serve the sick, after what I experienced seeing what a Nurses’ Assistant did for my Mom and others. That evening I went to the chapel and prayed over it. I opened my Bible and the passage from Romans 12: 12-16 confirmed my assignment. To me this is a beautiful and meaningful happening in my life.” Sr. Mary Pat has a handful of similar stories written up for the archives of when she needed direction in her life. The Bible or spiritual readings always gave her guidance and affirmed her next steps. It was a way she felt God was always with her.

Sharing a laugh with Sr. Gregory at her 25th Jubilee in 1975.

Enjoying a facial from Joanne Hambor during Spa Day, 2017.

With Sr. Christella from Germany in 1989. Sr. Mary Pat lived with Sister for a year in Rome. Sr. Mary Pat accompanied several of our U.S. Sisters to Rome as they sought a suitable building for our international congregational headquarters in Rome in 1969.

With Sr. Kate at a St. Patrick’s Day celebration in the Living Well.

No year, but on the back of this picture, Sr. Mary Pat wrote, “I really like my hair in this picture and my smile. Maybe you could use this for my board when I die.”


Book of Life

Sr. Mary Patrick was born on February 14, 1930 in Chilton, Wisconsin, and given the name Alice. She was one of six children and her parents had a farm. Sr. Mary Pat would talk about riding her favorite horse out to the fields to bring lunch to her father and the other workmen. After high school, Sr. Mary Pat worked at the front office at St. Elizabeth Hospital where she helped with admitting, the switchboard, billing, and other duties. She continued to do office work at St. Anthony Hospital in St. Louis, Sacred Heart Orphanage in Pueblo, CO, and the motherhouse in Wheaton. Sr. Mary Pat went on to serve at St. Clara’s Orphanage as a house parent in Denver.

Sr. Mary Pat returned to office work at St. Michael Hospital in Milwaukee and then back to St. Elizabeth Hospital for almost ten years. In 1987, she returned to Wheaton to be a Nurse’s Aide in Marian Health Center and later served as a secretary for the health center.

Sr. Mary Patrick was known for her kind spirit, her contagious laugh, and her deep trust in God’s love. When asked how she would like to be remembered, Sr. Mary Pat quoted the following from a memorial card,


“I’d like the memory of me to be a happy one,

I’d like to leave an afterglow of smiles when life is done.

I’d like to leave an echo whispering softly down the ways,

Of happy times and laughing times and bright and sunny days.

I’d like the tears of those who grieve to dry before the sun

Of happy memories that I leave when life is done.”


Her note follows, “Beautiful and just the way I feel deep down in my heart.”

Sr. Mary Pat will be remembered just as she wanted to be remembered. remembered just like this.