Sr. Joseph
Edwards, Sister Joseph Adele, C.S.J., passed away on Sunday, December 25, 2011 in Los Angeles, a Sister of St. Joseph of Carondelet since March 19, 1952. She is survived by cousins, Sister Yvonne Rushton, R.S.H.M., Sister Audrey Rushton, R.S.H.M., Rowland Rushton, Doris Homola, J.F. Brown and Sister Renee Rushton, R.S.H.M. Vigil Service will be Thursday, January 12, 2012 at 4:30 pm and Funeral Mass at 7 pm, both at Carondelet Center. Inurnment will take place Friday, January 13, 2012 at 10 am in Holy Cross Cemetery, Culver City, CA. Donations in memory of Sr. Joseph Adele Edwards may be sent to: Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, 11999 Chalon Road, Los Angeles, CA 90049.

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  1. Sister Joseph Adele was my junior year English teacher at St. Bernard High School. She sparked my love of literature with her quick wit and open nature. I went on to become an English teacher in LA public schools for 26 years and still remember her gratefully. Now, as I enter the Immaculate Heart Community, I see another circle completed.

  2. Joleen spent several summer vacation days in VA with my family. We were classmates at SMA. My grandchildren call her Auntie Joleen. One summer we did the SMA cheer with sparklers on the 4th of July. The grandchildren loved her.

  3. Chet and Sr. Joseph Adelle are movie buddies. All our family will miss her. Mary Alice wishes to send her thoughts and prayers for the family. Gareth,Gwyneth and Harold and Mary Jr. are grateful for knowing her. We feel her prayers will always be with us.

  4. We are pressed on every side,but we are not crushed; perplexed,but not in dispair;persecuted,but not abandoned; struck down but not destroyed. We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus sake,so that His life may be revealed in in our mortal body. 2nd. Corinthians, 4:8-11 Our lives were enriched by her love and prayers. Carlos Gonzalez and Joleen Sultenfuss-Gonzalez

  5. Sr. Jospeh Adele was the definition of a good and holy woman. It was a privilege to work with her at Mount St. Mary’s College. I hope she has the opportunity to enjoy long discussions with Edith Wharton on the other side. May she rest in peace.

  6. My Dear Friend Joleen and I were classmates at St. Mary’s Academy 60 years ago. Throughout these many years we remained friends and Sister Joseph Adele was ALWAYS the same sweet Joleen with that special smile and concern for the ideas of others.It was fitting that she returned to Our Lord on Christmas Day as the Sisters sang,”Joy to the World” Joleen was ALWAYS a Joy to our world.

  7. Too many memories to write about here, 63 years worth, since we were in 10th grade, Red Ties at St. Mary’s Academy. Since Vatican II Joleen has been a big part of our family. She was our “Rent a Grandma”, attending grandchildren’s events when we could not. She was such fun and so loving. I will miss our times together. God has blessed us with her presence. We are so relieved that her suffering is over. With much love Betty Zigler and family.

  8. I am saddened to hear that you left us but happy to know that you are in the presence of God. When I was at the Mount your presence was definitely seen and felt there. Put in a good word for us till we get there.

  9. A GREAT Lady has joined Our Father, after having lived an exempliary life. To the MSMC Class of 1969, she was our first and forever model of how to be a fully complete woman. She touched the life and inner soul of all who she met by reaching out, listening, validating, and providing a balance of guidance and opportunity to self-discover answers. Able to laugh and enjoy life, and to consistently work towards the betterment of her community, immediate & extended. So blest to have known and loved her. So grateful that she has been a significant part of my life. Now I will seek her guidance via prayer. Wish I could have physically joined in the services to honor her today

  10. Sister Joseph Adele, Stir Jose as we called her, was the best teacher ever. I had the privilege of having her for English at Saint Bernard High School 1961-1963 . I remember she would read Winnie the Pooh everyday after lunch to us until we settled down and could pay attention in class. God has blessed us all with her presence in our lives.

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