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My great-aunts, the Klingeles. Four out of five sisters became nuns.

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Barbra Klingele

There was a Barbra Klingele who visited my parents in Quincy, Illinois, years ago. My parents, both dead now, used to visit with Dad's cousin in Yakima, Washington. I had a great-uncle, Ed Klingele, who lived there. Would like to hear from your mom.

Best regards,

Bob Klingele Jr.
210 North 27th Street
Quincy IL 62301

Re: Klingele

My mother's maiden name is Barbra Klingele. Dorothy Klingele was her older sister, Joseph Klingele is indeed the brother of the five pictured, also the father of Dorothy and Barbara, and the rest of your information is correct.


Gee - I work for The Sisters of Providence in Everett, WA. The Sister Representative on our executive council here is Sr. Dorothy Klingele and I think her father may be their brother, as I recall her saying that her father was rather put out that she decided to be a nun, as four of her aunts (his sisters) became nuns.

If I recall correctly, she also later received a Ph.D. from Notre Dame.


The business of God apparently isn't funny. We love our catholic nuns though!

Nuns' orders

I researched the family tree and this is what I came up with. So two of the nunsn the ones wearing the same habitsn are Sister Mary Anna and Sister Mary Dionysia, members of Sisters of the most Precious Blood of O'Fallon, Missouri. The third one and I'm not sure which of one the remaining two it is, was a member of the Holy Spirit missionary Teachers, most likely in St. Louis. The fourth one was Sister Bernardine, not sure of what order but she passed away in 1967 in Edmondton, Canada. The fifth one that isn't a nun was Aunt Ida. They were all raised in Yakima Valley, Washington. Any other details are most welcome.

Which orders?

Which orders did they join? It looks like three different types of habits.

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