Sister Laurice Heybl, Franciscan Sister of Perpetual Adoration, 87, died Monday, Nov. 6, 2017, at Villa St. Joseph, La Crosse. She was in the 61st year of her religious profession.
Sister Laurice started her ministry teaching in elementary and middle schools in Carroll, Iowa (Holy Spirit and Sts. Peter and Paul), Wisconsin (Marathon, La Crosse [St. James], Superior, Loyal, Eau Claire [Immaculate Conception]), and Blackfoot, Idaho. She earned a bachelor of science degree in elementary education with a minor in art from Viterbo College (University) and a master’s degree in art from the University of Wisconsin-Superior. After earning a master of arts in pastoral ministry from Seattle University, she moved into youth ministry for the Duluth Diocese, from 1975 to 1986. She then ministered in Palo Alto, Calif., from 1989 to 1996, as a pastoral planning coordinator at St. Thomas Aquinas Parish. She returned to La Crosse, where she served as vocation director for the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration until 2003. After that, Sister Laurice provided creativity workshops for FSPA and for the Franciscan Spirituality Center until this past year. Due to failing health in 2017, she moved to Villa St. Joseph just outside La Crosse.
Sister Laurice is survived by her religious community; and many nieces, nephews, and grandnieces and grandnephews. She is preceded in death by her parents; and her brother, Jacob Jr. (Jack); and her sisters, Betty Howe, Cecilia Pazdernik, and Audrey Reetz.
Friends may call after 3:15 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9, at St. Rose Convent, La Crosse. A wake service will be held at 6:30 p.m. in Mary of the Angels Chapel that evening. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 10, in the chapel. Burial will be in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, La Crosse.
Schumacher-Kish Funeral Home is assisting with the services.
Memorials may be sent to Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration, 912 Market St., La Crosse, Wis., 54601-4782.