By Barb Arland-Fye
Parishioners of Ss. Joseph and Cabrini Parish in Richland hosted a send-off for longtime parishioner Sister Janet Kreber. A Dubuque Franciscan for 47 years, she has just retired as a high school special education teacher at Pekin Community School.
Sr. Kreber, a 23-year member of Ss. Joseph and Cabrini, had been living at the former rectory in East Pleasant Plain. She assisted with parish activities along with many other parishioners, said Parish Life Coordinator Shirley Van Dee. “She is going to be greatly, greatly missed.”
Father Bob Striegel, the parish’s canonical pastor and sacramental minister, gave Sr. Kreber a blessing during the June 3 Mass and two parishioners dedicated a song to her. Parishioners served breakfast afterward and presented a plaque of appreciation for her participation in the parish. Sr. Kreber received the freewill offering from the breakfast to assist her with future endeavors.
“I enjoyed being a part of a small, rural parish where everybody knows everybody and is willing to help out with anything,” she said.
She is moving to Sioux City, Iowa, to spend more time with her elderly parents and plans to obtain a position in home care for senior citizens, she said.