Hispanic minister Sr. Seubert dies

Sister Charlotte (Charmaine) Seubert, Franciscan Sister of Perpetual Adoration, 79, died Nov. 8, at Villa St. Joseph in La Crosse, Wisconsin. She was engaged in Hispanic ministry in the Diocese of Davenport.

Charlotte Frances was born Jan. 21, 1936, in Marathon, Wisconsin. She entered St. Rose Convent in 1951.
She received a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Viterbo College in La Crosse and attended language school and numerous Hispanic workshops. Entering the education profession, Sr. Seubert taught at the elementary level for five years in Wisconsin and Iowa before volunteering as a missionary in El Salvador in 1962. She and two other FSPA sisters opened an elementary school in 1963 in Santa Ana, El Salvador. After the school was well established, she served as administrator and teacher at La Providencia, a center to train rural leaders. She ministered in Santa Ana as a teacher, administrator and pastoral minister for 19 years. She reluctantly returned to the United States in 1981, at a time of political unrest in El Salvador.

She continued serving the Hispanic people whom she greatly loved in Muscatine for six years. In 1987, she was invited to become diocesan coordinator of Hispanic ministries for the Davenport Diocese. Sr. Seubert served there for nine years and then returned to parish ministry with Hispanics, serving as director of religious education at St. Mary Parish in Davenport.

From 1996 until her health deteriorated, she served as director of religious education and then as adult faith and RCIA coordinator at Christ the King Parish in Moline, Illinois. She moved to Villa St. Joseph in October 2015.
Her funeral was Nov. 14 at Mary of the Angels Chapel in La Crosse. Burial was at Gate of Heaven Cemetery.
Memorials may be sent to Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration, 912 Market Street, La Crosse, WI, 54601-4782.

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