Mount Mercy mourns the loss of Sister Veronica Gorman, oldest alumna

Sister Veronica GormanMount Mercy University mourns the loss of Sister Veronica Gorman, RSM, who died Friday, January 20, 2012, at age 101 at Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids after a brief illness.

Sister Veronica had been Mount Mercy's oldest living alumna. A 1931 graduate of Mount Mercy Junior College, she was a much-loved member of the Mount Mercy family and served as Mount Mercy's dean of students for 11 years.

During her last visit to campus for Homecoming 2011, she attended the dedication of University Center and witnessed a new chapter in Mount Mercy's history, the institution she had watched grow from a junior college to a baccalaureate college, and finally to a university in 2010.

Sister Veronica was born May 30, 1910, in Manchester, Iowa, the daughter of James and Jessie (Tyler) Gorman. She attended Our Lady of Victory Academy in Waterloo and graduated from Sacred Heart High School in Oelwein. After attending Mount Mercy Junior College, she entered the Sisters of Mercy Cedar Rapids Community on February 2, 1931. She professed her final vows as a Sister of Mercy on June 21, 1936, and went on to receive a Bachelor of Arts degree from Loras College in Dubuque.

She then dedicated the next 30 years to teaching, serving at Immaculate Conception, St. Wenceslaus, St. Matthew, and Regis High School in Cedar Rapids; St. Patrick, Fairfax; St. Mary, New Haven; St. Patrick, Garryowen; Immaculate Conception, Charles City; Sacred Heart, Oelwein; St. Joseph, DeWitt; St. Benedict, Decorah; Sacred Heart, Waterloo; St. Nicholas, Evansdale, and St. Matthew in Kalispell, Mont.

After her ministry in teaching, Sister Veronica began her career at Mount Mercy overseeing student life. She also served as a receptionist at Mercy Hospital in Anamosa and Kalispell Regional Medical Center in Kalispell, Mont. In 1983, she ministered at the Mercy Spirituality Center in Cedar Rapids until she retired in 1986.

During her retirement, Sister Veronica volunteered at Sacred Heart Convent and Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids. She moved to Mercy Hallmar Care Center in 2007 and last June celebrated 80 years as a Sister of Mercy.

To read more about Sister Veronica's amazing life and her memories of Mount Mercy, visit Mount Mercy's magazine website.

Memorials may be sent to the Sisters of Mercy at 1125 Prairie Dr. NE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52402. 

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