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B Remembering Continued from previous page " Carolyn Jost Haubstadt Sister Catherine Marie Schaeffer (Benedictine Sis- ter Isadore), St. Joseph School, Evansville: My fa- vorite teacher was Sister Catherine Marie Schaeffer (Sis- ter Isadore O.S.B.). I am 73 and she was my third grade teacher. She taught us our multipli- cation tables, and drilled and drilled us. She also taught us about Holy Communion and Confes- sion and sin. She was a very patient Nun -- 1 dearly loved her and have fond memories of her. I feel she is a Nun that gave me my Catholic start at St. Joseph School in the City. I at- tended all eight years. Dorothy Wilson Evansville Sister Amanda Wallbaum, St. Joseph School, Evans- ville, fifth and seventh grade, 1936-1938: My favorite teacher was Sister Amanda Wallbaum. She taught me fifth and seventh grades in 1936 and 1938 in St. Joseph, City. She taught my husband, Jack, sixth grade in 1937 at St. Matthew's in Mount Vernon. It was such fun to help her after school. Those days, we walked to school. I remember all the trips taking the nuns to Ferdinand. My Dad drove them. He was not Catholic then. l'm sure Sister was a big influence in his conversion. Sis- ter was then called Sister Mary Urban. We had such good times visiting, dining out, tak- ing drives together. I always learned something from her. She was so aware of the beauty around her. Our Lord took her Dec. 14, 1993. She was a part of our family. She was our friend and our mentor. We miss her. Dorothy Cox Cartwright Evansville Sister Mary Roman Dall, Ferdinand Elementary School, Ferdinand, 1984- 1985: Thank you for under- standing what teaching is re- The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana ally about -- enriching your students with love and knowl- edge. Even though I was your niece, you treated me the same as your other students -- as a special, unique individual that you truly cared about. Jane Dall Ferdinand Thomas E. Arvin, AI- fordsville, Loogootee, Burns City and Medaryville high schools: My father, Thomas E. Arvin, now de- ceased, was a "Catholic" school teacher having taught in the Alfordsville, Loogootee, Burns City and Medaryville High Schools. Today I still hear of how good he was as a teacher -- how he could make anyone want to learn. Teaching was his life, he taught some years without any pay at all because there was not enough tax money to pay all of the school teachers -- he taught for nothing My older brother and I began to learn and study Latin when I was in the third grade, my brother in the sixth grade, be- cause my father was teaching in our local school -- for the last time -- his final year of teaching was 1938. Many peo- ple still say, "If it hadn't been for your father, I would never have finished school." When I took my mother to the nursing home two years ago, one of the residents waited anx- iously for me to show up to visit my mother, because this lady had gone to school to my father in Loogootee  many years ago. His influence on her was such that she also became a school teacher. She loved to talk of the days when she went to high school and my father was her teacher. I also attended the Al- fordsville High School and I had a "Catholic" school teacher Mr. J.A. Gallagher. He was our math teacher and one of the best mathematicians in the school system at that time. I graduated in 1947. Our math classes were a joy to attend. Geometry was not the favorite subject of most high school stu- dents because they thought it was too hard to take. Our class had possibly 10 students and it was something we all enjoyed by the way he let us interact and argue theorems and ax- ioms during the class. "Catholic" school teachers leave their mark on students outside the Catholic Schools as well as in them. These school teachers had something in common -- they made you want to go to school. They made you want to learn -- more. L. Oenone "Arvin" Bradley Benedictine Sister Kath- leen Finis, Academy of Im- maculate Conception, Fer- dinand, 1955-57: Because I was always shy about doing things in front of a group, I would hesitate to enter group singing contests, which I loved doing -- singing, playing music, anything with music. Sister Kathleen could see that and she would not let you use that as an excuse. To this day, I have kept up with music and love it because of her and the way she taught it. Her love, enthusiasm and talent in this field was conta- gious. She made glee club, the- ory classes and recitals so much fun. I was so proud when she re- ceived the first parochial school "Teacher of the Year  award. Thanks, Sister, for the good memories and for just being you. Shirley Clements Evansville Providencd Sister Miriam Joseph, principal, Our Lady of Providence High School, Clarksville, 1960s: Her name is Sister Miriam Joseph. She is with the Sisters of Providence of St. Mary-of the-Woods, Indiana. Sister Miriam Joseph was our principal at Our Lady of Providence High School, Clarksville, Indiana, during the 1960s. She made a lasting impact on my life. I remember how she carried out her duties, always with dig- nity. Strength of character and gentle quietness made her re- spected by her students. Never resorting to great outbursts of angry words. Sister Miriam let us know by her glance, the movement of her hands, whether we were behaving in the manner becoming a student and child of God. She was willing to listen to our point of view. Always in- stilling in us a respect for each one and for our Catholic faith. God bless her. Nancy Jones Russell St. Joseph Parish Princeton Benedictine Sister Mary Assunta, St. Joseph School, Evansville, 194 you for helping sometimes from adults. Your derstanding cial! Esther Be cedes School, Thank you role m years. I and She was firra learned and gentle and gained ter MarY Rosary S 1956-57, Catholic taught me to myself, dreams. gave They gave feel like a perience. I "beautiful, "Christ-like" They s respect. I remember of school. I a clown, given Mary I garden for It was honor them BarbarJ