Springfield Dominican Sister M. Bernice Curtin died November 26, 2017 at Sacred Heart Convent. She was born in Taylorville, Ill. in 1932 and named Martha Eileen by her parents, Henry Albert and Helena Marie Spresser Curtin. She made her profession of vows in 1952 at Sacred Heart Convent.
Sister M. Bernice had a long and happy career as a primary grade teacher in Chicago and in Central Illinois, including St. Christina Parish, Chicago; Holy Family, Decatur; and St. Frances Cabrini, Springfield. Her love for children took her to Alfred Fortin Villa orphanage, Bourbannais, 1986-1998. She served seven years at St. Mary’s - Rogers, Ark., before returning to Sacred Heart Convent in 2007.
Sister M. Bernice was preceded in death by her parents, her brothers: James, Robert and Bruce and her sister Alberta Sage. She is survived by her sister Doris Castagno, Taylorville, six nieces and six nephews.
Visitation was held on Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at Aquinas Center, Sacred Heart Convent, 1237 W. Monroe St., Springfield. A funeral mass was also held on Tuesday at Sacred Heart Convent Chapel with Father Peter Witchousky, OP, celebrant.
Morning prayer and Final Commendation was held on Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at Sacred Heart Convent Chapel. Burial followed at Calvary Cemetery.
The Dominican Sisters and the family of Sister M. Bernice were served by Kirlin-Egan & Butler Funeral Home, 900 S. 6th St. Springfield. Please visit butlerfuneralhomes.com to offer your condolences.