Aug 192009


Sister M. Stephen McBride, O.Carm., who helped open and expand Kahl Home for the Aged and Infirm in Davenport, died Aug. 12 at St. Patrick Home in the Bronx, N.Y.

Born in Ireland, she entered the congregation Jan. 6, 1939, and professed her final vows on May 30, 1946. During her religious life, she served as superior and/or administrator in several missions of the Carmelite Sisters, including the Kahl Home in the Diocese of Davenport.

Sr. McBride oversaw the conversion of the original Kahl family mansion to an elder care facility, which opened in March 1955 with beds for 25 residents. Construction of a 120-bed addition was completed under Sr. McBride’s supervision and, in 1963, allowed the facility to expand its services to care for 135 residents.

Her community said she was a leader when building and had a vision for the future. She had a great love for the residents and wanted them to have a nice place to live.

Sr. McBride’s funeral was to be celebrated Aug. 17 at St. Patrick’s Home with interment in Queen of Carmel Cemetery in Germantown.

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