Sister M. Coletta Himmelsbach, O.S.F.

Community Register Number: 002
Deceased Member Number: 120
Legal Name: Magdalena Himmelsbach
Birth Date: 1836 – June 9
Birth Place: Seelbach near Baden, Germany
Parents: Father:  Mathias Himmelsbach
Theresia Feist
Entrance Date: 1866 – June 21 [Seelbach, Germany]
Reception Date: 1867 – July
First Vows: 1868 – July
Final Vows: 1885 – March 19
Laundry Number: 1
Death Date: 1918 – September 21
Cause of Death: Bowel obstruction and infirmities of ld age  
Internment: St. John’s Cemetery, Joliet, Illinois
Section C, Row 2, Grave 10


Ministry Assignments:


Ministry Position

Date Began

Date ended

Seelbach Germany

Foundress [Seelbach]

1866 – 07/ 21

1868 – 07 /00

Motherhouse, Avilla, Indiana


1876 – 07/ 00

Not Documented

St. Joseph Hospital, Joliet, Illinois


Not Documented

1918/09/21 ┼


Sister M. Coletta born at Seelbach near Baden, Germany on June 9, 1836 entered Religion on June 21, 1866.  Sister was the foundress of the original Order in Seelbach and used an upstairs room of her mother’s home for the beginning of their convent.

Sister Coletta devoted most of her Religious life to domestic work and was very fond of gardening.  She was active in this capacity until several years before her death.

She had the happiness of celebrating her Golden Jubilee in 1916.

Death found her well prepared on September 21, 1918 at the age of 82 years and 3 months.  Death was due to bowel obstruction and infirmities of old age.

Funeral services were held from St. Joseph Hospital chapel, Joliet on September 23, 1918.  Burial was in St. John’s Cemetery, Joliet.