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Sister Walling’s ministry included teaching in Omaha

Servant of Mary Sister Mary Clare Walling, whose 66 years of religious life included 10 years as a teacher in Omaha, died Jan. 1 in Omaha. She was 85.

A funeral Mass was held Jan. 5 in Our Lady of Sorrows Chapel at the order’s motherhouse in Omaha, with interment in the convent cemetery.

Born in 1931 in Anthon, Iowa, Sister Walling entered the Servants of Mary in 1951, professed first vows in 1953 and final vows in 1958.

Her first teaching assignment was at Holy Name School from 1953 to 1955, followed by a year at then-St. Benedict School and two years at then-Holy Ghost School, all in Omaha.

Sister Walling also taught at Holy Name from 1961 to 1964 and from 1974 to 1975, and at then-St. Pius X School in Omaha from 1972 to 1973.

Between 1958 and 2004 she served as a teacher and pastoral minister at numerous schools in Michigan, Iowa, Nebraska, Kentucky and Arizona.

From 2004 to 2013, Sister Walling was a pastoral minister assisting elderly residents in LeMars and Remsen, Iowa. Most recently, she served in prayer ministry at the Servants of Mary motherhouse in Omaha.

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