Mount Mercy mourns the loss of Sister Mary Clementine Cashman

Sister Mary Clementine Cashman

Mount Mercy University mourns the loss of Sister Mary Clementine Cashman, RSM, who passed away Friday, Oct. 22, 2010 at Mercy Hallmar Care Center in Cedar Rapids after a brief illness. 

Services were held at the Chapel of Mercy at Mount Mercy University on Monday, October 25 at 10:30 a.m. by Rev. David Ambrosy. Burial was at Mount Calvary Cemetery in Cedar Rapids. Arrangements were with Stewart Baxter Funeral and Memorial Services.

Sister Cashman was born in St. Cecilia, Iowa near Elma on February 16, 1914, the daughter of Clement and Lydia Sullivan Cashman. She graduated from Immaculate Conception High School in Elma in 1931 and entered the Sisters of Mercy in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on July 15, 1932, making her final vows on June 24, 1938.  

Sister Cashman received a Bachelor’s degree in music from Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa and spent much of her ministry as a Sister of Mercy as a music teacher.  

After her years as an educator, Sister Cashman served in ministries across the city of Cedar Rapids as a local coordinator at Sacred Heart Convent, a mail room receptionist at Mount Mercy and a volunteer at Mercy Medical Center and Sacred Heart Convent.

Sister Cashman was a well-known Mustang booster and fan. She will be remembered by countless Mount Mercy student-athletes for her constant and unconditional support of Mustang athletics.

Said former Mustang student-athlete and current men's basketball and men's golf coach Paul Gavin '88, "Sister Clementine was an outstanding supporter of Mustang sports and all of our student-athletes. We now have an angel in heaven looking out for the Blue & Gold. She will be dearly missed."

Memorials may be made to the Sisters of Mercy at 1125 Prairie Drive NE, Cedar Rapids, Iowa  52402.

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