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June 7, 2011

A Mass of Christian Burial for Precious Blood Sister Madonna Winkeljohn was celebrated June 1 at Salem Heights, the congregation’s central house in Dayton. Sister Madonna, 95, died May 28 at the Maria Joseph Center. She had been a Sister of the Precious Blood for 76 years.


A native of Celina, Sister Madonna entered the Sisters of the Precious Blood on Sept. 6, 1934. Her primary ministry was secondary education. She served as principal at the former St. Joseph High School in Wapakoneta and the former Regina High School in Norwood.


In 1966 she was elected vice president of her congregation and, upon completing her term in 1972, she became an administrative assistant for the then-archdiocesan Clergy Personnel Office, a position she held for 15 years. Sister Madonna retired to Salem Heights in 1989, where she continued to volunteer in various secretarial positions. In 2005 declining health necessitated her move to Emma Hall at the Maria Joseph Center.


Interment was in Salem Heights Cemetery. 

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