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Sister Philomene Reiland, 80

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Sister Philomene Reiland died August 2, 2021, at Cloud County Health Center in Concordia, Kansas. She was 80 years old and a religious sister for 62 years. She was born in Aurora, Illinois, on April 11, 1941, to Edward and Philomena Monaco Reiland, the second of three children, and was baptized Barbara. She entered the Sisters of St. Joseph on February 2, 1959. On August 15, 1959, Barbara received the habit and was given the name Sister Philomene. She pronounced first vows on August 15, 1960 and final vows on August 15, 1963.
Sister Philomene received a BS in music education in 1968 from Marymount College, Salina, Kansas. In 1976 she received a MA in church music from St. Joseph College, Rensselaer, Indiana. Sister Philomene did post graduate work in organ performance at the Julliard School of Music, New York.
Sister Philomene taught in Salina, Kansas; Chicago, Illinois; and Grand Island, Nebraska. She was the parish director of music in Concordia, Kansas, and Sterling, Illinois; assistant profession of music at Sauk Valley Community College, Dixon, Illinois; and director of music in Libertyville, Illinois. She gave private piano lessons in Grayslake and Sterling, Illinois, while serving as director of music at St. Mary Parish in Sterling, Illinois.
Sister Philomene was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by two brothers, James of Montgomery, Illinois, and Thomas of Raleigh, North Carolina.
A Bible Vigil Service will be held August 5 at 7:00 p.m. in the Nazareth Motherhouse Chapel with Sister Mary Jo Thummel as the eulogist. The Mass of Christian Burial will be August 6 at 10:30 a.m. in the Motherhouse Chapel, Father Barry Brinkman presiding. Masks are required. The burial will be in the Nazareth Motherhouse Cemetery.
Chaput Buoy Mortuary, 325 W. 6th St., Concordia, Kansas, is in charge of arrangements.
Memorials for Sister Philomene Reiland may be given to the Sisters of St. Joseph Health Care/Retirement Fund or the Apostolic Works of the Sisters, P.O Box 279, Concordia, KS 66901.

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